Nominations will open on 1st May 2017

Businesses/individuals can be nominated by themselves or others (link to nomination form).

Once anyone receives a nomination, an information form (link to information form) will be sent to the nominated person/business for them to approve and pursue the nomination.

Nominations will close on 20th July and all information should be received by this date to allow it to be compiled and sent to our judges.

Finalists will be announced on Friday 28th July 2017.

Winners will then be announced at the Gala Final which takes place in the Glasgow Hilton on Friday 8th September 017.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Businesses/individuals can only compete in a maximum of 2 categories and if nominated in more than this must choose their preference
  2. Finalists must have representation at the Gala Final
  3. Dates for submission information (as above) must be adhered to

The judges decisions are final


The Judging Panel

Scott Barclay – Chair

Scott’s career as a respected financial advisor has taken him all over the world where he specialised in pensions, eventually settling in Glasgow working with some of the biggest financial institutions in the world. He now works for one of the UK’s larger banks where he sits on a steering committee driving LGBT and D&I across his whole network.

In December 2014, Scott and his husband of 8 years were chosen to be the very first same sex couple to be married in Scotland. Scott and his husband were proud to become part of Scotland’s history and have given speeches all over the world advocating for same sex marriage, equality and human rights. Scott and his husband’s portrait was recently seen in an exhibition in Scotland’s National Gallery.

In recognition of his advocacy for human rights, Scott was asked to be part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Fly the Flag for Human Rights’ campaign in 2015. Scott is a passionate advocate for epilepsy awareness, a condition he lives with and delivers speeches all over the UK about his life being LGBT and disabled. In recognition of this work, Scott was presented with the ’UK Inspirational Champion 2016’ Award in London this year by the charity Young Epilepsy. Named in 2015 and 2016 as one of Scotland’s most influential LGBT+ business leaders by The Herald newspaper, Scott is delighted to return as Chair of the Icon Awards.


Jacqui Gavin

Since being outed following a high profile career as a model, Jacqui has for the last 30+ years been involved in raising awareness on Gender Identity related issues. Jacqui engages and is involved within both local and national initiatives in breaking down the stigma associated with being transgender.

Following a successful career in the private sector, Jacqui joined the Civil Service in July 2009 where she became the first ever Chair of the Transgender Network within DWP, followed by be-coming a member of the steering group a:gender in 2010 – eventually becoming it’s youngest ever Chair.

Jacqui was proud to win the very coveted award of Diversity Champion at the recent British LGBT Awards in London. Jacqui is a regular name on the ‘Pink Power List’, the Independent on Sunday, Pink News and the Pride Power List lists her as one of the most influential LGBTI people in the United Kingdom.


Thomas Anderson

Thomas was a founding member and is the former Chair of The Co-operative Groups award-winning LGBT network ‘Respect’. During his tenure the organisation become the No1 Private Sector employer for LGBT people in the UK and the most followed and active employee network group in Europe. He was also a driving force behind the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’ – developing the names, engagement and branding for both networks.

After almost five years Thomas stepped down from his Respect role and founded Inclusive Networks in late 2014, along with the #ThisIsMe magazine, to celebrate the successes of network groups, role models, charities and organisations of all diversity strands.

Thomas has written for Gay Star News and also contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards. Thomas is proud to be an Ambassador for the HIV charity George House Trust.


Jenny Robertson

Jennie, an ex Royal Navy Aircraft Engineer and off shore engineer, has been involved in off road rallying (servicing and navigating over many years) and currently building her own car to compete as a driver – she also loves costume making.

For the last 17 years Jennie has been supporting transgender people, setting up support groups and helps arrange social nights to help build support networks for those who need them.

She herself came out as transgender about 6 years ago and has used much of her time to volunteer all over Scotland visiting those who don’t feel able or safe to go outside, giving people support and informing them of lgbtqi support groups and events all over the country. Taking folk out even just for shopping, something most people see as a simple task. This isn’t all fun as there have been many occasions in the past she has had to phone ambulances for some who’ve attempted to take their own lives due to societal and familial pressures of living as a trans person.

Much of her time now is used voluntary on line, answering questions and directing people of all ages to support groups. If Jennie can’t answer a question there’s a good chance she will know someone who can. Quite often helping people to find others in similar situations to themselves where they can aid each other.

Jennie is also an active supporter and member of the Scottish Transgender Alliance, Equality Network and others and has spoken at meetings and events with groups including Stonewall, Crown office and NHS, hopefully helping to give others rights to be themselves.

Jennie was honoured to have been voted as the very first winner of the Icon Award in 2015 and looks forward to “helping and promoting this amazing event and charity further.”


David Treasurer

David is a media professional with over 15 years of experience within the industry. He was the Programme Controller of Real Radio which was regularly the biggest commercial radio station in Scotland. During his time at the station David worked with some of Scotland’s best known broadcasters, featured twice on the Radio Academy’s 30 under 30 list and helped raise over a half a million pounds for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

He went onto become Managing Editor for Global Radio Scotland where he launched Heart Scotland, XFM Scotland and saw Smooth Radio rise to become a major player in the Glasgow market.

David is now at BBC Scotland as the broadcasters Senior Radio Promotions Producer. He’s responsible for building promotional campaigns which drive listening across BBC Radio Scotland and is also working on a new jingle package for the station.

David is proud to celebrate diversity and has been open about his own sexuality since he was a teenager. He lives in Renfrew with his partner James and hopes that one day they’ll finally tie the knot!


Aamer Anwar

Brought up in Liverpool, Aamer Anwar came to Scotland in 1986 to study at Glasgow University. In 1995 he made legal history in a successful civil action against the Police for a racist attack on himself in 1991 when he was told ‘this is what happens to black boys with big mouth’ as his teeth were smashed out.

A lawyer since 2000, he has been instructed in some of Scotland’s high profile cases, including his unrelenting 17 year campaign which finally secured justice last year for the family of murder victim Surjit Singh Chhokar- described as Scotland’s Stephen Lawrence. The campaign was recognised as having placed victim’s rights at the heart of the criminal justice system.

In 2016 he won Solicitor of the Year in the Herald’s Law Awards of Scotland 2016. For nearly three decades Aamer has fought for human rights and justice, campaigning for the closure of Dungavel Detention Centre, playing a leading role in the Stop the War Coalition, the TIE campaign for inclusive LGBTI education at schools and fighting against Islamophobia and extremism. Over the last two years he has acted for the family of Sheku Bayoh who died in police custody.

In 2016 he faced death threats for bravely speaking out against religious extremism following the death of Shawlands shopkeeper Asad Shah. In March 2017 he won a historic landslide election and became Rector of Glasgow University with over 54% of the student vote taking over from Edward Snowden.


Hala Ousta

Hala is a keen equalities campaigner who is passionate about football and equal participation.

She is currently working for the Scottish FA as a Diversity Manager and has specialised in using sport as a tool for social inclusion and integration, working with disadvantaged and marginalised communities to ensure sustainable community development & participation.

An example of her recent projects are the development and coordination of cultural and religious awareness workshops to grassroots sports clubs in the West of Scotland, in line with the UEFA ‘Captains of Change’ programme.

Hala is a member of several equalities groups and most recently sits on the British Council’s Scotland Advisory Committee, LGBT Sports Steering Committee, is a Board Director for Women in Football, and is the Founder and Chair of Inspiring Women Scotland, a female led organisation promoting empowerment and leadership for multicultural young women.