Liz Warner Named CDN Diversity Champion
Betty CEO Liz Warner was named the Diversity Champion at the Creative Diversity Network Awards.
The award honours an industry leader who has demonstrated a sustained, long-term, and significant commitment to diversity but who does not necessarily have diversity as their core role.
The CDN judging panel said:“If ever anyone needed to make a business case for diversity, betty, the company which Liz Warner set up in 2001, clearly demonstrates it. Never shying away from difficult social issues which reflect contemporary life, programmes such as The Undateables, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Coming Out Diaries and Beauty and the Beast: The Ugly Face of Prejudice play to a broad audience and have sold to more than 63 countries.
"This approach also extends off-screen – from the very early days Liz strived to go against the industry cliché of white, middle class Oxbridge graduates. She firmly believes that betty should be a creative, stimulating and caring place to work and has implemented flexible working to support those with children and who are returning to work. betty has 10% BAME employees (greater than the industry average) and continues to make improvements to the diversity of their workforce.
Liz is known as someone who readily adopts change and is not afraid to shake up established ways of doing things. She embraces diversity both on and off screen and for that reason is our diversity champion.”
Liz said: "I am flattered and proud to be the first recipient of this award. It means a lot. Betty has always strived to be a non elitest and inclusive company. The efforts we have made to put disability at the heart of primetime I hope will change some people's perceptions and make what some see as unusual more usual."
Liz’s award was presented by Adam Pearson, a TV researcher, actor and presenter who appeared in the Channel 4 series Beauty and the Beast. It was collected by head of operations, Sophy Walker. on behalf of Liz.
The awards were held on November 11th, 2014, at ITV’s London Studios.