The Make A Difference Awards 2023 are open for entries

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The Make A Difference Awards, in association with the London Evening Standard and The Watercooler Event, are an opportunity for us to stop, think and thank the colleagues and employers who have really made a difference over the past year to workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing. Those who are leading the way and inspiring others to follow their example.

Launched in 2021, the Awards are an integral part of Make A Difference Media & Events’ mission to bring more and more employers to the employee mental health and wellbeing conversation. They also showcase the organisations that are setting a new benchmark for workplace cultures, where every individual can thrive.

For 2023, we will be looking for entries that demonstrate impact and show a sustainable and measurable commitment to proactive, preventative and inclusive support of workplace wellbeing. Entries must also demonstrate cross-departmental cooperation that is embedding workplace wellbeing across the organisation as business as usual.

What sets the Make A Difference Awards apart?

The Make A Difference Awards have been designed to have maximum reach and impact.

  • It’s quick, free and easy to make a nomination.
  • Suppliers cannot be nominated – the Awards are designed to celebrate the progress of employers and colleagues when it comes to workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing.
  • As well as judging by our panel of workplace wellbeing experts, we invite our 25,000+ network to cast their votes. We also encourage nominees to invite their networks to vote – so that word about the Awards is spread far and wide. Our last Award nominees received 5000 votes via a dedicated page on We want everyone talking about and recognising the importance of embedding workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing as business as usual.
  • The winners of the public vote and the judges’ vote for each of the 10 award categories will be announced at the end of Day 1 of our free to attend sister event The Watercooler on Tuesday 25th April 2023 at ExCeL in London. The Awards will be followed by a VIP cocktail reception at The Watercooler.
  • The Award winners will be profiled in the London Evening Standard as well as on and in Make A Difference news.

Meet the Judges

We are honoured to have a stellar panel of judges on board for our 2023 Make A Difference Awards including (in alphabetical order):

  • Charles Alberts, Global Head of Wellbeing & People Experience, Clifford Chance
  • Louise Aston, Wellbeing Campaign Director, Business in the Community
  • Chris Brook-Carter, CEO, Retail Trust
  • Claire Farrow, Global Head of Content and Editor, Make a Difference Media & Events
  • Jonathan Gawthrop, Executive Director Wellbeing Sustainability & Assurance, EMCOR UK
  • Christine Howarth, Mental Health Ally, Allen & Overy (and previous winner of the Unsung Heroine award)
  • Jonny Jacobs, Finance Director EMEA, Starbucks (and previously shortlisted for True Leader award)
  • Peter Kelly, Mental Health Advisor, Mates in Mind
  • Hannah Reid, People Director EMEIA, Apple
  • Petra Velzeboer, CEO, PVL

How to enter / nominate

It’s quick free and easy to enter the awards. You simply have to click here and complete the form at the bottom of the page. There are 10 awards to enter and you can nominate a company or individual for more than one award. You’ll need to complete a separate form for each award.

You’ll have 250 words to explain why you are nominating the person or employer that you are putting forward. In essence we are looking for nominations that can demonstrate measurable impact. Tell us succinctly what the person or employer you are nominating has done and the impact this has had/is having on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing.

Just remember though, that suppliers of workplace wellbeing products and services cannot enter or be nominated for an award – they are designed to recognise and benchmark the progress that employers and colleagues are making with workplace wellbeing.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Thursday 2 March. So spread the word and get nominating!

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You can read about about the shortlisted nominees for the 2021 Awards here.

You can read about the winners in this article.

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