Magpie Dance Executive Director Laura Graham Nominated for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Posted on: June 4, 2020

Laura Graham a local role model from South London has been nominated for the Positive Role Model (Disability) at The National Diversity Awards 2020.

The breath-taking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will play host to this year’s awards, to be held on 25th September. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities.

The prestigious black tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.


My interest has always been in dance and equal opportunities. My first arts job was as Trinity Laban’s Arts Marketing and Press Manager which encompassed marketing and press for Transitions Dance Company, marketing Laban Theatre and press for Trinity Laban generally and its award winning building.

Prior to this, I worked as the Press Officer (dealing with talent management) at the New Wimbledon Theatre & Studio and at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, which is run by leading theatre producer, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). Through my original training in the Performing Arts, I decided to move into Arts marketing and PR which I found extremely rewarding.

During my time as Press Officer at the Churchill Theatre, Magpie Dance hired the venue and I volunteered my time to organise the press and marketing for their show – I fell in love with the company and its ethos and quickly became a trustee. When the role of General Manager came vacant I decided this new challenge and direction would enhance my career and fulfil my passion of inclusive dance; I joined the Magpie Dance team as General Manager 12 years ago and after 11 years of success in this role, I was delighted to step into a co-leadership role as Executive Director. My new role provides me with even more opportunities to network and share the achievements of our wonderful dance company and our talented dancers (who happen to have learning disabilities). I find Magpie Dance not only rewarding to work for, but am excited by the way it is evolving and am proud to be part of it.

I feel honoured that I have been nominated for the Positive Role Model Award.


ITV News will be working in association with The National Diversity Awards to highlight role models and community organisations on regional and national news channels.

Rachel Corp, Acting Editor, ITV News said; “We are pleased that ITV News will once again be supporting the National Diversity Awards. ITV News remains committed to telling the stories of those, who through their work and dedication to helping others have made a difference; enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our society. We look forward to introducing the 2020 nominees to our viewers across the regions and nation.”

The UK’s largest diversity awards has attracted a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper. Sir Lenny Henry CBE, last year’s winner of the Celebrity of the Year gong said;

“Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination; its means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, you’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!”

The National Diversity Awards receives over 28,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder & CEO Paul Sesay said, “As we enter our 09th awards season, The National Diversity Awards prepare to welcome a host of outstanding role models and charities to our family. We look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience, and I cannot wait to learn about the wonderful work being carried out this year”.

Nominations are now open and close June 8th 2020 – so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved!

Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date.

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