Dorothea Hodge, Aequitas’s founding director, has been celebrated as one of Britain’s most influential black people alongside leading names including double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, and Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP and shadow business secretary.

The PowerList 2013, now in its sixth year, recognises the top 100 people regarded as role models in their fields. Dorothea was acknowledged in the Public Sector and Third Sector category for her work with Aequitas, as well as her previous roles that have included working with Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, David Miliband, and under secretary-general of the UN Valerie Amos.

The winner of the PowerList 2013 was David Adjaye, who has become one the highest-profile architects in the world in recent years. 20,000 copies of the list have been sent to school, and it is hoped that diversity of careers represented this year will inspire young people to broaden their horizons and set ambitious goals once they see what it is possible to achieve.

From all of the Aequitas team we want to sayCongratulations Dot, and keep up the good work!