THE MIRANDA BRAWN DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION IS an award winning non-profit organisation, founded by Miranda Brawn, which aims to help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics (BAME) future leaders while increasing diversity & equality in Britain and beyond.


This includes:
– The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship
– The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture
– Mentoring & Coaching Programmes
– Access to diverse talent
Our work has been given an award from the UK Prime Minister and personally praised by HRH The Prince of Wales especially for making UK history by organising the UK’s first diversity lecture aimed at schoolchildren.
Television Coverage for the Launch of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation’s work which includes the Scholarship and Lectures.
Why is The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation’s work important?
Our workplaces are lacking in diversity with an absence of BAME, gender, age, disability, LGBT and social mobility representation which has an impact at all levels of the organisation. With a particular focus on race diversity, it is necessary to develop a pipeline of BAME talent in the 21st century.
– 1 in 8 of the working population is from a BAME background. Yet only 1 in 10 are in the workplace.
– Only 1 in 16 top management positions are held by an ethnic minority person.
– Ethnic diversity in British boardrooms lags almost two decades behind female representation at the top level with less than 2% of British directors from a BAME background.


Our Patrons (in alphabetical order):

Our Patrons have been pioneers within the diversity space for several decades.

Dame Fiona Woolf DBE is a British corporate lawyer.  Woolf qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and became the the first female partner at CMS Cameron McKenna in 1981. She served as the Lord Mayor of London (2013-14), acting as global ambassador for UK-based financial and business services. She is the Chancellor of the University of Law.

Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE is the Director for UK Development at Focus Consultancy Ltd. She was the first black woman to be a governor of the BBC and was founder and Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Council. Barrow was a founding member and General Secretary of Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD)  which is the organisation responsible for the Race Relations Act of 1968.

Our work includes:

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship

Annual Scholarships are awarded providing funding, guidance and work experience for our next generation of young Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME) leaders to successfully pursue their education and careers.

Through these scholarships, the following will be awarded to student(s) between the ages of 14-21 years old, from an Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background:

– An amount up to £1,000.00.
– One-to-One Mentoring sessions.
– CV advice and work experience.
– VIP access to “The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture”.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship?

To be eligible for the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship” a student must:
– Be attending school, college or university in the UK on a full-time basis.
– Proven academic excellence (i.e. excellent grades).
– Submit a fully completed application form and 100 words on the following theme: “What does Diversity mean to Me.” This is an opportunity to share your experience and/or ideas on diversity. Your application should be emailed to
– Have an Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background aged between 14-21 years.

What is the Scholarship application process?

– Recipients of the Scholarships will be chosen annually based on their exemplary academic performance and demonstrable interest in diversity.

– The Application Form must be completed in full in order to be considered as per the instructions at the back of the form.

– Applications are submitted via email to

– The Judging Panel selects the winners of the scholarships.

– Successful applications will be informed on the day of the lecture.

Application Form: There are new application forms to allow for more information and to cater for the different scholarships on offer which can be located via Scholarship Application Form, for the Mosaic LGBT Scholarship via MBDL Scholarship Application Form – Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre (1) and for The Prince’s Trust via PTX.MBDL Scholarship Application Form – Prince%27s Trust.

Please email with any questions. It is important to include the “Applicant Name” and “Scholarship Application” in the email subject line for both questions and when submitting your application form. 


The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture is held during the month of October. The aims are to raise the awareness of diversity and equality with the next generation of future leaders followed by The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship award ceremony. The Sponsor and Host for the 2016 and 2017 Lectures is The University of Law.

The lecture celebrates some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of our next generation of BAME leaders from across the UK. Britain’s best BAME future talent will come together for an inspiring event while learning more about the creation of a more diverse and inclusive workplace to enable future success.

Mentoring & Coaching Programmes

This is a service where resources, experiences and advice are shared to speed up the success process for the next generation. All fees for this service are donated to the Foundation to help increase race diversity in the workplace. Emailinfo@mirandabrawn.comfor further information and to book your one-to-one mentoring session with Miranda.

Access to top diverse talent

We have access to a wide network of diverse talent especially from a BAME background which can assist organisations and individuals seeking to adopt competitive recruitment strategies. Email for further information and introductions to top BAME talent. 

Testimonials from the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship Winners: 

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation has been a blessing. As a scholar, I’ve been able to attend the inaugural Diversity Leadership lecture, to buy books for my degree and, above all, I’ve benefitted from the wonderful mentoring of Miranda Brawn. 
Miranda has taken an active and genuine interest in my development this year as a next generation diversity leader. She has helped me to secure enjoyable work experience, and has kindly supported my student society – the Oxford University African Caribbean Society – in establishing our Women’s Network and being a speaker at our inaugural event. I’m so happy to have had Miranda Brawn alongside me this year, and I’d encourage you to get involved too.” – Mobeen Salih, University of Oxford, Chair of ACS Society and The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship 2016 Winner
It has been an absolute honour and blessing to be part of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship’s inaugural cohort, and I am grateful to Miranda and her team for their work. The Foundation, the scholarship programme, the annual Diversity Leadership lecture and what they each stand for are wonderful and resonate with me given my heart for increased diversity and representation in academic and professional environments. However, by far the best part for me in the whole process has been the wonderful counselling and mentorship provided by Miranda herself. 
To have such direct, one-to-one access to someone with such incredible expertise, a stunning repertoire and a stellar track record for success is an honour and a privilege for which I will ever be grateful. But more than that, Miranda has become a friend, and that, for me, is priceless. Miranda has the incredible capacity to see where you are now, in terms of your personal and professional development, and encourage you there, and simultaneously see your potential and where you could and can be given the right investment and strategies, and to nurture you to that point. To anyone thinking of applying, this is a priceless opportunity.” – Imani Jeffers, University of Cambridge, and The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship 2016 Winner.

Winning the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship and mentoring sessions have been a wonderful privilege. Not only will the money help towards funding my university studies but the tailored mentoring sessions by Miranda have helped support me achieve my potential, make a difference to the community and be part of  something worthwhile.Zahra Haque, Future Dentist

“I was honoured and appreciative to learn that I was selected as one of the first recipients of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship with the Prince’s Trust. As a Social Entrepreneur, campaigning to provide more opportunities for young adults from LGBT and BAME backgrounds, I knew working with Miranda Brawn would be the perfect fit. Miranda’s altruism speaks volumes to me. Her focused and personal approach to mentoring instantly put me at ease and I am in awe of her unyielding dedication to the next generation of Diversity Leaders.

As part of the scholarship, I was fortunate enough to secure work experience at the Black Cultural Archives. This gave me an insight into how they run their events and exhibitions as well as introducing me to an influential network. Within a few months of winning the scholarship, Miranda had invited me to meet HRH The Prince of Wales which highlights the networking opportunities offered via Miranda’s mentoring programme. Thanks to Miranda’s generous support, I am several steps closer to achieving my career goals and I highly recommend the scholarship to anyone ready to make profound changes to their future and community.” – Leanne Lashley, Founder of Miswits and Prince’s Trust Scholarship 2016 winner

Testimonials from The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation Mentoring Programme:
Miranda’s mentoring programme helped me get a job offer within 3 weeks after several months of rejection. Miranda’s mentoring is a must for anyone who needs help with their career goals.” – Ahmed, trainee accountant, Bradford.
Today’s session was truly inspirational. I am so grateful to Miranda for giving me her time. I feel that I am now equipped to pursue the legal career I desire. Miranda has given me the tools and the confidence that I needed. I highly recommend a session if you want to take or regain control of your career!” – Yemi, Personal Assistant, London


 “Miranda has been an invaluable source of knowledge and encouragement to me. She has had such a huge impact on boosting my self confidence as well as helping me to make stronger job applications. Despite her busy schedule, I’m amazed at how she always makes time to promptly respond to my questions and give advice as needed. I have benefitted far more than I could have hoped for from her mentoring.” Ayomide Akin-Oteniya, Future Lawyer 

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship & Annual Lecture Timeline:

29th March: Applications open.

29th June: Applications close at midnight.

7th August: Judging finalised

21st September: Confirmed attendees for Annual Lecture. 

21st October: Winners announced at The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

Judging Panel 2017

The esteemed judging panel are leaders at the top of their profession across a range of industries who are passionate about increasing diversity and supporting our work (in alphabetical order):

  • Afua Hirsch (Barrister, Journalist and Sky tv presenter)
  • Amanda Illing (Chief Executive, Hardwicke)
  • Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM, FTCL (Founder, Artistic & Executive Director Chineke)
  • Darren Allaway (Managing Director at UBS Wealth Management)
  • Heather Melville (Director at Royal Bank of Scotland plc)
  • Cllr Jacqui Dwyer MBE (Local Councillor in Lambeth)
  • James De Sausmarez (Director and Head of Investment Trusts at Henderson Global Investors and Common Councilman for Candlewick Ward, City of London)
  • Jo Sidhu QC (Barrister at  25 Bedford Row)
  • Katherine Galliano (Director, People and Culture at Vision Fund International)
  • Dr Mohammed Hashi (Founder of  Brixton Soup Kitchen, chair at Pan-London Stop and Search Community Monitoring Network)
  • Mohan Yogendran (Director at Rockpools)
  • Nathaniel Crowley (Lawyer at White & Case)
  • Nicholas Cheffings (Global Chair at Hogan Lovells)
  • Pauline Miller (Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Lloyd’s of London)
  • Paul Sesay (Founder of National Diversity Awards)
  • Patrick Vernon OBE (Founder of Every Generation Media and Chair of The Labour Party’s Race Equality Advisory Group)
  • Russell Knight (Senior Manager at The Prince’s Trust)
  • Sarah Blomfield (Managing Director at Rothschilds)
  • Simon Dowson-Collins (General Counsel at Harper Collins)
  • Suki Sandhu (CEO of Audeliss & Founder of OUTstanding)

Support the work of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation

You can make donations and gifts to the Foundation to the following bank account:

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation
TSB Bank plc
Sort Code:  30-65-92
Account Number:  11634360

We have several sponsorship opportunities where organisations and individuals can help the work of the Foundation.

Media links relating to our work:

Some of the media links highlighting the work of the Foundation.


Contact Details:


TWITTER: @MBDiversityLead

FACEBOOK:  The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation