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Deloitte UK partner recognised as a leader in BAME diversity

26 May 2016

Vimi Grewal-Carr, managing partner for innovation, Deloitte, has been recognised for her contribution to BAME diversity and inclusion in the inaugural UPstanding Executive Power List published by Audeliss in partnership with The Financial Times. The list champions ethnic diversity in business and showcases the top 100 Executive BAME professionals in the US and the UK.

The list identifies the business leaders who have made a significant impact in effecting positive change for BAME people in the workplace. The nominees were judged on a range of criteria including the individual’s professional and business achievements and how they are driving the BAME agenda forward within their community.

Grewal-Carr is the first female BAME partner on Deloitte’s UK Executive and was ranked in 42nd position. Vimi was praised for being a role model, mentor and coach to many people across Deloitte, particularly from the BAME community. She is also part of Deloitte’s multi-cultural network.

Byron O. Spruell, vice chairman, Chicago managing principal, in Deloitte’s US firm was also featured in the list.
Vimi said: “I am very proud to be named in the UPstanding Executive Power List. Promoting inclusion is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace. In a business so dependent on the calibre of its people, encouraging diversity is an essential element for success.”

OUTstanding CEO and founder Suki Sandhu, said: “Vimi is a true role model. She sets an example for the next generation so no one sees their race as a barrier to success. It is no surprise to see her featured in the inaugural UPstanding Executive Power List.”


Notes to editors

Deloitte’s multi-cultural network
The network was named ‘Employee Network of the Year’ at the Business in the Community’s (BITC) Race for Opportunity awards.

Deloitte has ten diversity networks which engage more than 4,000 members from around the UK and provide support and a shared sense of belonging for Deloitte’s people, foster important links with clients and play an important role in connecting with the broader community. They come together regularly to hold events.

UPstanding Executive Power List
How the list was compiled:

The concept behind the UPstanding Executive Power List is to showcase and rank the Top 100 Executive BAME professionals working in the US, UK and Ireland. This was achieved through a nomination and judging process.

The judging panel consisted of eight judges led by Suki Sanhu and Sophia Cannon, founders of the UPstanding Executive Power List. Other judges were Carola Hoyos, Editor Executive Appointments Financial Times; Paul Polman, CEO Unilever; Dr Lina Yueh, Economist and author, Ashok Vaswani, CEO Barclays UK; Vivian Hunt, McKinsey and Nina Vaca, Chairman, and CEO Pinnacle Group.

The categories for judging were based on:

  • Individual’s professional and business achievements
  • How the individual is driving the BAME agenda forward within their community. 
  • The list which was published in full by the Financial

About Deloitte
In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte LLP, which is among the country's leading professional services firms.

Deloitte LLP is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), a UK private company limited by guarantee, whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

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Laura Parsons
Deloitte LLP
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