October 19, 2023


On Friday 13th October, the inaugural Unison Yorkshire & Humber Black History Month Award event took place at the Niagara Conference Centre, Sheffield. It was hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospital’s branch and organised by John Campbell, previous Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

The Master Cutler, Mr Charles Turner DL, was honoured to attend the event which drew attendees and nominations from across the Yorkshire region. There were several civic dignitaries in attendance at this prestigious event, including the Deputy High Commissioner of Zambia, Revd. Peter Bradley DL representing the Lord-Lieutenant, Gill Furniss MP, Lord Mayor of Sheffield and Civic Mayor of Doncaster to name but a few.

The event was to honour individuals and organisations who inspire, build and encourage diversity and inclusion.

Throughout the evening, there were several awards presented to individuals and organisations. The Master Cutler was delighted to present the award for Educator to Rose Bent – who won the category for any individual who works in the capacity of an educator, irrespective of environment, who has made a positive contribution to the learning outcomes for Black UNISON workers. Other awards included Working with Young People Award, Inspirational Black Leader Award and Community Work (Group/Organisation/Individual) Award. More details on the winners and nominees here. 

It was a pleasure for the Master Cutler to attend the event to recognise the important work of Black workers in the NHS and care sectors.  He expressed his thanks to John Campbell for the invitation and for having him present an award. He also extended his congratulations to all of the nominees and winners.