What it means to be a Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards finalist

24 May 2018

A selection of quotes from our 2018 finalists on what it means to be shortlisted.


Herbert Smith Freehills LLP


‘We are delighted to be shortlisted in the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards 2018 in the Inclusive Employment Award category for our Networked Scholarship Scheme. The scheme focuses on providing long-term support to a small cohort of scholars, quality of quantity. In supporting our scholars over five years we are able to watch their development come to life and witness the impact we are having. ‘


Emma Cooke, Head of Citizenship




‘We are committed to becoming a more sustainable bank; we believe that giving back to the communities we live and work in is one of the best ways we can achieve this, and this is why we’ve invested in MoneySense for the last 23 years.


We are delighted that our MoneySense programme has been recognised in the shortlist of the Regional Impact Award category.


Giving young people the skills and confidence they need to manage money well is an investment in the future of our communities and society as a whole.’


Kirsty Britz, Director of Sustainability




‘Recognition from the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards for the Thames River Watch programme is wonderful news.  Shared visions and complementary sets of expertise have resulted in a truly effective partnership between Thames21 and Tideway.  The professional skills of  Tideway delivering a massive and much-needed engineering project to tackle sewage pollution in the River Thames, together with the practical community action and campaigning of Thames21 for a healthy and vibrant river, have led to a charitable collaboration which is far more than the sum of its parts.  Recognition by the Lord Mayor through these Awards  underlines London’s commitment to its river, and to future generations of Londoners.’


Debbie Leach, CEO


Beck Greener


‘We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for the second year in a row.  These prestigious Awards continue to be a fantastic way to promote community engagement in London and we are thrilled that all of the hard work that has gone into developing our “STEM: Branching Out” project over the last 12 months has been recognised in this way.’


James Stone, Partner responsible for CSR



‘We are delighted that the Dragon Awards judges have recognised the value and uniqueness of ThinkForward’s fantastic partnership with ICG and the London East Alternative Provision School in Tower Hamlets, whose pupils are some of the city’s most challenging young people.’


Kevin Munday, ThinkForward CEO


Macquarie and Leadership Through Sport and Business


‘The seed of a great idea still needs the right conditions for growth, and Macquarie provided that - they absolutely deserve this recognition”.


Caroline Adair, CEO, Leadership Through Sport and Business


‘Macquarie is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Accelerator Award to recognise our capacity building support for Leadership Through Sport and Business (LTSB). We feel it’s more than the financial value of the partnership: it’s the support, the expertise, the shared passion for the cause that really helps both organisations transform the lives of more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.’


Rachel Engel, Regional Head, Macquarie Group Foundation.


FTI Consulting


‘Boom Bust & Crunch is a unique programme which enables our experts to help young students understand how critical financial and economic concepts can be applied to their daily lives. We have been delighted by the way in which schools in London have embraced the programme, and are very proud to have been shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards.’


The Brokerage


‘Being shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards under the Community Partner Award category provides us with an exciting opportunity to showcase the work we do with Lloyd’s Community Programme. We’re delighted to demonstrate the positive impact that our partnership has had on young people and employers across the Lloyd’s market. We hope to inspire even more London employers to champion social mobility and create meaningful opportunities of work for talented young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds.’


Bridget Gardiner, Executive Director


Allen and Overy LLP


‘We are thrilled that our employability programme for the over 50s, ReStart, has been shortlisted for a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award.   We recognise that older employees bring an immense amount of experience and maturity to the workplace and wanted to expand the support we provide to young people starting out on their careers to those looking to get back into employment.  ReStart participants tell us that our programme has given them hope and 100% would recommend it to someone else in their position.’


Maria Stimpson, Allen & Overy Partner and ReStart champion.




‘We are pleased to be working in collaboration with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group to support and protect victims of domestic violence through the National Centre for Domestic Violence.  The pro bono support we provide jointly with RBS Legal has enabled us to involve substantially more volunteers and help even more vulnerable people. 


"The Dragon Awards are one of the most prestigious given in recognition of CSR and pro bono work in London.  To be shortlisted for one is truly an honour.’


Dan Bodle, CSR Partner