7 November 2017

University of Hertfordshire alumna Grace Ononiwu OBE has been included in the Powerlist 2018, which ranks 100 British people of African and African Caribbean heritage on their ‘ability to change lives and alter events’.

Grace Ononiwu OBE said: ‘I am delighted to be included in the 2018 Power List, alongside some truly inspirational people. It is particularly special to be recognised for doing the things you are most passionate about and to know you are considered to be making a difference.’

Grace graduated from the Hatfield Polytechnic (now the University of Hertfordshire) in 1988 and then went on to study law at Guildford College of Law. The University of Hertfordshire honoured Grace with the award of Doctor of Laws this year for her contribution to equality and diversity within the legal profession.

Championing Diversity

Grace recently gave an inspirational talk to hundreds of students at the Hertfordshire Law School at their annual diversity event on 26 October, using her own experiences to spur on others pursuing a career in Law. She is also currently mentoring a University of Hertfordshire student on a graduate placement at the Crown Prosecution Service.

Penny Carey, Dean of Hertfordshire Law School, said: 'Grace is a leading figure in the legal profession and has made a significant contribution to promoting equality within the criminal justice system. Grace has been working closely with us at the University to inspire and mentor our students who also aspire to enter the legal profession and we're delighted that she's been rightly recognised on the Powerlist 2018.'

Throughout her life Grace has been championing diversity, and she was in fact the first Afro-Caribbean to hold the role of Chief Crown Prosecutor, and the first woman to hold the position in Northamptonshire, the East of England and the West Midlands region, this latter being the post she has held for the last three years.

Grace has made a significant contribution to the CPS Equality and Diversity agenda, and was awarded an OBE in 2008 for her services as Chief Crown Prosecutor in Northamptonshire, and for her contribution to equality and diversity in her role with the National Black Crown Prosecution Association.

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