Suki Sandhu, Founder and CEO of Audeliss, a boutique executive search firm, and Involve was awarded with an OBE for services to diversity in business on Thursday 21st February. The ceremony took place in Buckingham Palace, and Mr Sandhu was awarded this distinctive accolade by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of Wales.
The award is in recognition of Suki’s commitment to improving the level of diversity placements in senior positions, C-Suite and boardrooms of multinational corporations, alongside campaigning for equal rights for all workers.
Audeliss was set up by Sandhu in 2011, because he didn’t believe enough was being done to combat the lack of diversity across the boards of some of the biggest companies in the UK. He has worked with such enterprises as Aviva, npower, Nationwide Building Society and Sainsburys, and has tirelessly pursued this mission.
Since initiation, Audeliss has grown to become one of the leading executive search firms specialising in championing diversity. A huge 65 per cent of their placements are diverse candidates including women and those from BAME and LGBTQ+ backgrounds.
Suki’s determination to challenge the culture and dialogue on diversity spanned across international borders, following the opening of their New York office in June 2018. Audeliss’ success continues to proliferate as businesses seek to improve their diversity and inclusion policies, in response to increasing conversation around equality in world-wide business.
In addition to Audeliss, Suki is Founder and CEO of INvolve, the mother brand sitting above OUTstanding, EMpower andHERoes - three diversity/membership initiatives that have been running since 2013.
Suki Sandhu speaking about his achievement said, “I am both immensely honoured and humbled to have received an OBE. I have always believed that every company has a duty to create a work environment which is open to all and gives everyone an equal chance for success. The idea that the work myself, and the amazing individuals I work with, are doing will help bring this belief closer to reality fills me with huge pride.
“I would like to thank everyone who is helping us on this journey and those who have made a stand and shown everyone what is possible to achieve while staying true to your authentic self. I have so much love for all of you, and so much faith that we will continue to break down barriers for minority groups in every corner of the world.”