100 LGBT+ Executives
Lloyd's of London
Inga is not only the Chief Executive of a corporate body that boasts revenues of around £25 billion and in charge of Lloyd’s that is central to the London insurance market employing around 34,000 people, she is the first female CEO in its 327 year history. She is also one of the few – perhaps the only – openly bisexual business leaders at her level. She took the reins at Lloyd’s of London at the start of 2014. Since then she has launched a market modernisation programme, increased Lloyd’s global presence by opening offices in Dubai and Beijing and spearheaded Inclusion@Lloyd’s, an initiative which aims to ensure Lloyd’s is a diverse and inclusive market. She has also been instrumental in the launch of Pride@Lloyds, an internal LGBT employee resource group, and has supported LGBT insurance employee network LINK.
Chief Executive Officer
Qantas Airways Ltd
Alan became the CEO of Qantas, Australia’s largest airline, in 2008. The company employs nearly 30,000 people and has recently undergone a $2 billion transformation program. This has created a $1.6 billion turnaround for 2015, to report an underlying profit of $975 million. As a result, they delivered $500 million in shareholder returns, almost $100 million in payments and benefits for non-management employees, and a major order for Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Qantas was one of the first major companies to become an official supporter of the Australian Marriage Equality and Alan has been a high profile advocate for marriage equality.
HSBC Bank plc
Antonio is the CEO of HSBC Bank plc and sits on HSBC’s Group Management Board, making him responsible for over 70,000 employees across the UK and the rest of Europe. Previously worked at McKinsey and Goldman Sachs. Since being awarded the 2013 OUTstanding LGBT role model of the year award, Antonio has spoken extensively about diversity and authenticity, linking this to his leadership experience of being an out gay man in banking. He is part of HSBC’s Group Diversity committee and works closely with several LGBT related charities. Former BP head, Lord Browne, called him, ‘a poster child for diversity’ in his book The Glass Closet.
Martine is the Co-CEO of the United Therapeutics Corporation, a company with a market capitalisation of $3 billion. She is an open, visible trans leader who has been publicly vocal about her transition and gender identity, having talked to the media extensively about her story and transgender rights. In addition to her business endeavours, she is also the author of a book called Apartheid of Sex: A Manifesto on the Freedom of Gender. She is a supporter of the Los Angeles LGBT Centre and was present at an LGBT Pride Reception at the White House hosted by President Obama in June of this year.
Vice President and Managing Director
Claudia Brind-Woody is currently the Vice President and Managing Director for IBM Global Intellectual Property Licensing. She runs a source code team, IBM’s Small Divestiture Practice and a specialized consulting group known as IP Management Solutions. Claudia has been with IBM since 1996, and has held multiple global roles during her tenure including work in Finland and the United Kingdom. Claudia serves on the Advisory Boards of WorkPlace Pride in Amsterdam and Stonewall Global Diversity Champions in the UK. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the Lambda Legal Board of Directors and the John C. Stennis Institute of Government Board of Advisors in the US.
CEO, Integrated Supply and Trading
Paul is the CEO of the Integrated Supply and Trading division (IST) at BP. He is the executive sponsor of BP’s Pride Affinity Network, and, since his sponsorship of the network, the company has climbed from 250 to 22 on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. He is fully open and has been quoted on LGBT matters in The Times, the FT and the Evening Standard, as well as various in-house articles. He is committed to challenging the stereotypes and prejudices associated with the oil and gas industry, has spoken at a number of external events on LGBT matters and is also the sponsor of the company’s Ethnicity network.
Global Vice Chair, Public Policy
Beth is the Global Vice Chair of Public Policy for EY, and is the global sponsor for the company’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts, which serve more than 212,000 people in 155 countries. Since coming out in an ‘It Gets Better’ video in 2011, Beth has leveraged her global platform to champion LGBT issues. For example, she chaired the executive panel to unify EY’s LGBT networks globally and establish a new network identity under the brand, ‘Unity’. She regularly speakd and is visible on LGBT issues in various geographies around the world, showing that you can succeed by being who you are. Beth also provided a keynote at the US National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce conference and Out on the Street event, appeared at Japan’s SuperStar awards to celebrate LGBT role models, and was featured in Lord Browne’s book, The Glass Closet. Additionally, Forbes has named Beth among its World’s 100 Most Powerful Women eight times.
Chief Creative & Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Creative & Chief Executive Officer of global British luxury brand Burberry, Christopher is responsible for over 11,000 employees. Christopher joined Burberry as Design Director in May 2001 and from the outset his creative vision was applied to all aspects of the brand. In 2013 he was awarded Menswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, and named as the Designer of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2014. Christopher has been a visible and vocal supporter of LGBT rights and equality since joining the network earlier this year.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Anthony is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Uphold. Prior to this he was Chief Information Officer of Nike, Inc. He made history in October 2013 when he was the first British Citizen and first non-American citizen to be appointed to the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBT media rights advocacy organization. In addition he is a Patron of Diversity Role Models, the UK based anti-homophobic bullying charity and is the Chair and Head Judge of the European Diversity Awards.
Group Chief Executive Products
Sander is the Group Chief Executive Products for Accenture, leading 9000 employees, and has been a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee for the past 9 years. Sander has been visibly out since his first day at Accenture in 1987, and has continued to be a role model as he has advanced through the leadership of the company. He is a member of Accenture’s Global Diversity Council and has been involved in expanding the company’s LGBT networks around the globe.
Liz is the most senior LGBT Partner in the UK & Ireland firm of EY. She is a passionate and committed LGBT role model to all grades of staff and is an active member of the firms LGBT network ‘Unity’. Liz devotes much of her time to working with other organisations, both public and private sector, in developing their own LGBT strategy. This work was recognised on the 2015 New Year’s honours list when Liz was awarded an OBE for services to equality in the workplace. Liz is also an active supporter of Stonewall, Diversity Role Models and Open for Business.
Chief Communications Officer
As the Chief Communications Officer for JP Morgan Chase, Joseph reports directly to the Chairman and CEO, heading all media relations and corporate communications worldwide for the business. He plays a key role in the company’s Global Diversity Initiative and serves as a mentor to his LGBT colleagues and a “Senior Champion” of the company’s LGBT group, Pride. In 2014 he was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda, the largest civil rights and advocacy group serving the LGBT community in New York.
Vice President Marketing
As a Vice President of Marketing at Google, Arjan is part of Google’s executive ranks, managing a large international team across 43 countries. He is the Global Executive Sponsor of “Gayglers” – Google’s LGBT employee resource group, serves as mentor to LGBT Googlers around the world and is the go-to senior executive for any internal or external LGBT issues within the company. Under Arjan’s direct leadership, Google released a groundbreaking piece of big-brand advertising in June this year which prominently featured the story of a transgender individual. The footage has had global impact and has inspired extensive media coverage and major articles around the world.
President & CEO
IGI Laboratories Inc.
Jason is the President and CEO at IGI Laboratories – until recently the only openly gay public company CEO in the United States. He has worked actively over the years to ensure that his workplaces are welcoming and equitable for a broad and diverse workforce. He particularly worked to ensure that LGBT employees were included in corporate non-discrimination policies and health and family benefits. Additionally, over the past five years, he has been an active supporter of Immigration Equality which has worked to change policy in the United States for immigration issues for the LGBT community. He is also a member of Human Rights Campaign and has previously supported the Gay Center (the LGBT community centre in NYC).
Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman and CEO; and Vice President, Olympics and Sports Solutions
The Dow Chemical Company
Louis is Chief of Staff, Global Director Office of the Chairman & CEO and Executive Communications and Vice President of Dow Olympics & Sports Solutions. As Dow’s Chief of Staff, Louis works with the most senior leaders not only within the company, but with other businesses, government entities and non-government organisations around the world. He always brings his ‘whole’ and open self to work not only driving company business goals, but passionately advocating for workforce equality and representing Dow’s Gays, Lesbians & Allies at Dow (GLAD) employee network as management sponsor. Louis is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and partners with groups like GLAAD and Out & Equal, in both a personal and a professional capacity.
Group Brand Director
Jan is one of the most senior directors in the Aviva Group and is responsible for the leadership, oversight and governance of brand and marketing strategy worldwide. She is the very visible sponsor of the LGBT employee network Aviva Pride, and was elected Chair of Trustees of Stonewall in May 2014. This year she guided the board of trustees through a change in the remit of Stonewall to include ‘T’ in the focus of their activities, and in March she gave the annual lecture to the Employment Lawyers Association, addressing over 500 lawyers, QC’s and judges across the country on the areas of concern to Stonewall as the legal changes took hold.
President & CEO
Trevor is President & CEO of C1 Financial (NYSE: BNK) and its subsidiary C1 Bank, one of the 20 largest banks headquartered in Florida, and the sixth fastest growing bank in the United States between 2009 and 2014. In 2006 Trevor, then aged 34, became one of the first openly gay investment bankers at Morgan Stanley to be promoted to Managing Director. Trevor and C1 Bank have been leading supporters of Equality Florida, the state’s preeminent LGBT rights organization. Trevor was awarded the 2013 Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the financial services category and in 2014 was named American Banker’s Community Banker of the Year. In 2014 Trevor became the first openly gay CEO of a publicly traded bank in the United States when he took his company public on the New York Stock Exchange.
Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
Paul is the Chief Risk & Compliance Officer at Bloomberg reporting jointly and directly to the Founder, and Chairman. He has been involved in the launch of ally networks at Aviva and Bloomberg, where he is the Executive Sponsor of the employee LGBT & Ally network BProud. He continues to mentor LGBT staff and has spoken on numerous panels and conferences about being an out senior leader. Paul is also a strong supporter of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, ensuring that the firms he has worked for became members. Additionally, Paul has supported The Albert Kennedy Trust, acting as an advisor and gaining financial support for the Purple Door Programme. He is involved in Out on the Street in the USA as a leadership board member. He sits on the Board of the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Paul was made an MBE in the 1995 New Years Honors List.
Alex leads growth marketing, analytics, and internationalization for Facebook. He joined the company in 2007 and previously worked on online marketing at eBay. He has an MA, MSc in Natural Sciences from Magdalene College, Cambridge, which he helped pay for with online marketing and a paper airplanes website. He is gay and has been involved in most of Facebook’s LGBT product initiatives, including adding same-sex marriage and custom gender to Facebook and the rainbow-filter profile tool. He is also active in Facebook’s LGBT Employee Resource Group.
Stephen has been part of the senior management team at WH Smith for over 10 years, and now as CEO leads over 15,000 employees. WH Smith adopts a clear results driven culture, where individuals succeed on merit alone irrelevant of sex, age, disability or sexual orientation. Openly gay people are therefore promoted on merit every bit as much as everyone else. As a result, being gay at WH Smith is simply not an issue. He is an active member of OUTstanding and has attended several events on LGBT inclusion.
David is the CEO of Rocket Entertainment Group and has used his position to champion LGBT rights in a number of ways. Along with his husband Elton John, he pushed for marriage equality and made sure to be amongst the first couples in the UK to take advantage of civil partnership and marriage legislation by very publicly celebrating and endorsing this move towards equality. He has given a range of speeches in corporate settings, and recorded a message this year for the 20th anniversary of the GLAM (Gay & Lesbian At McKinsey) which was broadcast to a global audience. He is Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Monarch Airlines Group
Andrew is the CEO of the Monarch Airlines Group, and oversaw a major restructuring of the company which led them from a £94 million loss to a projected profit this year, representing a turnaround in excess of £100 million. He is an open and visible out leader and has mentioned his sexuality and relationship openly in several national newspapers.
Brian is the Chief Executive of Shaftesbury PLC – a FTSE 350 Real Estate Investment Trust. His husband is an integral part of his working life and community of people he deals with regularly, creating an environment of openness where everyone feels comfortable ‘being themselves’. Brian is also a board member of Freehold – LGBT group for real estate professionals. His role also includes charity fundraising at networking events for the Albert Kennedy Trust, FFLAG, GMFA, Switchboard, Diversity Role Models and Stonewall. He is a member of Property Week’s OpenPlan diversity panel and a Stonewall Ambassador.
Robert is the CEO of John Hardy, the former CEO of American Eagle Outfitters, and a Director at Constellation Brands. He is publicly out in all business situations and leverages both the advice and counsel of his boards and colleagues on issues critical to the LGBT community. Robert believes that an executive’s purpose is to create economic opportunity by delivering results. As an executive he has a concurrent goal: to make whatever business he is helming a force for positive social change. He has worked hard to advocate for LGBT people in business undertaking and has submitted an amicus brief arguing the business case for marriage equality in California, chaired LGBT associate advocacy groups to ensure that workplace policies successfully address LGBT equality and speaks at LGBT business conferences such as Out & Equal.
President and General Manager, Pfizer Vaccines
Susan is the President and General Manager of Pfizer Vaccines, an active participant in Pfizer’s D&I programmes and is a member of the LGBT colleague resource group. She has never hidden her status and has encouraged others to be as authentic as they feel they can. She is a long-term supporter of Immunization Equality, a group dedicated to bringing and keeping LGBT families together. She has also supported Human Rights Campaign in their work for marriage equality.
Chief Operations & Technology Officer, UK Cards
Ali is the Chief Operations & Technology Officer for the UK Cards division of Barclaycard, sitting on the UK Cards Executive Committee. She is a member of Spectrum, Barclays’ LGBT network, and has been involved in supporting and promoting their presence at London Pride. She is also involved in the Allies Programme, and is joining the Finance Committee of the Albert Kennedy Trust.
Global Head of Disputes and Managing Partner Asia and Australia
Herbert Smith Freehills
Justin, 43, is the Global Head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ dispute resolution practice and the firm’s Regional Managing Partner for Asia and Australia. He is also a leading international arbitration lawyer having acted before tribunals all over the world. He founded the firm’s LGBT network in the London office in 2007 and has since helped to shape their LGBT programmes, establishing the network for Asia and supporting the launch of the network in Australia. Justin is also a mentor with the Queer Straight Alliance in Hong Kong; a Stonewall Ambassador; and he supports improving gender imbalance on corporate boards as a member of the Hong Kong 30% Club.
Global Director, Citi Inclusive Finance & Community Development
Bob’s current responsibilities are to manage Citi’s global partnerships with organisations, clients and governments, supporting community development through economic empowerment and financial inclusion, with a staff of roughly 100. He is Citi’s Senior Global Business Sponsor for LGBT employee networks (Citi Pride), including in the UK, and one of Citi’s most senior out executives supporting Citi’s progressive public policy and employment positions, also speaking widely at internal management and external forums. Having served on the board of THT in the UK for some years, Bob and his partner are supporters of THT’s Friends for Life, Stonewall’s Ambassadors and the Human Rights Campaign. He serves on numerous boards and, in 2014, Bob was honoured as a ‘White House Champion of Change’ for his work leading Citi’s programs promoting immigrant integration and citizenship in the U.S.
David is the Global Sector Head for Advanced Manufacturing and Technology at Pinsent Masons and a member of the senior leadership team, overseeing 500 employees in UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pac in his sector. He acts as a senior LGBT role model within his own business and externally and regularly speaks to colleagues, clients and other businesses about how to make the workplace more inclusive for LGBT staff. David was the Chair of Stonewall from 2003-2012 and sits on the board of the Human Dignity Trust.
Executive Vice President
Sally is a Member of Executive Leadership Team, reporting to the CEO and overseeing a 250 member global Corporate Affairs team. She has served as a guest speaker at several multi-national corporations during Gay Pride month, is involved with Pfizer’s LGBT Open Network and encourages LGBT interaction with elected officials. Additionally, Sally is active in Human Rights Campaign (previously a board member) and was the campaign Finance Chair for Christine Quinn, LGBT candidate for New York City mayor (2013) as well as being a supporter and magazine contributor of the Victory Fund.
Global Portfolio Director
Neil is one of the most senior leaders in Diageo, managing a direct team of 20 people who in turn work directly with marketing and commercial staff in over 180 countries across the globe. Back in 2003, he established the Rainbow Network, Diageo’s Diversity and Inclusion group for LGBT employees and straight friends and allies. Thanks to the Rainbow Network, Diageo have continuously achieved a perfect 100% score in Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index since 2005. In 2013 the network was recognised by Out & Equal for their efforts in championing workplace diversity. Neil is now the European Executive Sponsor, having handed over the chairing of the US group in 2013. He is also an active supporter and donor to many LGBT causes including national organisations such as Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD as well as locally focused organisations such as the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBT youth.
Group Chief Risk Officer
Angela has worked with Aviva for a number of years, previously as Chief Actuary and currently as Group Chief Risk Officer of Aviva. She has been visibly out for a number of years, plays an increasing role in the Aviva Pride network and speaking at internal and external events. Additionally, she has served on York’s Fairness and Equality Board which aims to tackle many forms of inequality and unfairness in York, including LGBT issues.
Region Vice President, North America Services
Julie is the Region Vice President of North America Services Delivery for NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies. She leads an organisation of over 4,600 service professionals across the US and Canada. In her current company and her prior company, Julie was an out executive and participated fully in all diversity ERGs. Her wife attends internal and external business functions with her. Julie also serves on the board of directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and has attended six Executive Forums and nine Out & Equal Summits.
Partnerships Director, UK and Ireland
Deborah is Partnerships Director for the UK and Ireland at Google. She is the Executive Sponsor in Europe for the Gayglers, the company’s LGBT and allies network, and has started a pan-EMEA chapter of the Gayglers, setting goals and coordinating activities in EMEA to have more impact across the region. She is Google’s Executive Liaison with OUTstanding and Stonewall in London.
Peter is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and is the co-chair of dbPride UK, DB’s LGBT Employee Network since 2012. He was instrumental in the establishment of new chapters in Italy, Ireland and Spain. He has become an active mentor to both out and closeted colleagues and he is available to anyone who asks for his support. Additionally, Peter is a Stonewall Ambassador and does charity volunteering for and makes financial donations to Rainbow Trust, Albert Kennedy Trust and Diversity Role Models.
Goldman Sachs International
Gavin is a Managing Director and EMEA Regional General Manager of Corporate Services and Real Estate for Goldman Sachs International. He has been the co-head of the Goldman Sachs EMEA LGBT Network since 2008 and has been instrumental in establishing network governance structure, strategy and areas of focus. In 2013 the Goldman Sachs EMEA LGBT Network was named Stonewall’s “Network Group of the Year” and in 2014 Goldman Sachs was named one of eight Stonewall “Star Performer” organisations.
UK Chief Operating Officer
Geoff is the UK Chief Operating Officer of AIG, part of the senior executive team responsible for business strategy and delivery. He co-chairs the UK’s LGBT employee resource group and attends all of the group’s events and speaks at the majority of them to demonstrate his personal commitment and support. AIG UK improved 132 places in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in 2014, and Geoff was the driving force behind this.
Managing Director & Head, LC & CTA, TB Europe
Nadeem is Managing Director, Head, Commodities Traders and Local Corporates, Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Bank, Europe. Internally, he is a visible role model and relaunched the bank’s LGBT network, which he co-chaired until January 2015. He is a member of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. He is also an active member of Stonewall and part of their Senior Champions Group. Nadeem also lead the Standard Chartered’s involvement in Open for Business and the commitment for LGBT equality at the Clinton Global Initiative this year.
OC&C Strategy Consultants
Michael is a Senior Partner in OC&C Strategy Consultants, which has 600 consultants across 14 countries. He is a senior sponsor for OC&C’s LGBT network and is active in hosting networking events and promoting OC&C’s diversity agenda in all of the company’s offices globally. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Nationwide Building Society and a board level sponsor of SOLCATS, Nationwide’s LGBT network, for whom he speaks regularly at networking events.
Head of Strategy & Planning
Denny is Head of Strategy and Planning at Sky and sits on the creative senior leadership team. He is open and out in his personal and professional life and believes in the power of authenticity in leadership and a diverse and inclusive environment at work. He has served as a mentor to emerging LGBT talent and is an active member and supporter of Human Rights Campaign, Stonewall, GLAAD, and is an Albert Kennedy Trust Purple Circle Donor.
UK Country Manager
A transformative sales and business leader, Joshua joined LinkedIn – the world’s largest professional network – in 2011. As country manager for the United Kingdom, he is responsible for driving member growth and engagement, strategic partnerships and revenue across all lines of business. He also oversees LinkedIn’s marketing solutions business in EMEA, helping marketers to identify, target and engage with the world’s most influential professionals. Joshua is a prominent supporter of Out@In, LinkedIn’s corporate programme for LGBT employees and writes regularly on the business benefits of diversity in the workplace. Joshua lives in London with his partner, Jon and is a fan of scuba diving, current affairs, diversity, food and sleep.
Country President, Ireland
Margot is the Country President of Ireland for Sodexo and sits on the company’s global LGBT leadership team. Under her leadership, Sodexo became a founding partner and signatory of Ireland’s first Diversity Charter. Margot is on the leadership team for Sodexo’s global LGBT network which has been influential in ensuring LGBT issues are included in Sodexo’s Global D&I strategy and that practical guides to LGBT inclusion have been developed for use across the globe. Margot was also the founding chair of Sodexo’s Women Work network and is a board member of GLEN (The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) in Ireland. Additionally she has been actively involved with the campaign for marriage through business in Ireland.
Vice President, Ethics and Compliance
Michael is Vice President, Ethics & Compliance for BP plc and leads a global team accountable for embedding ethics and compliance throughout BP’s businesses and regions. He is a member of BP Pride and has been interviewed on camera about his experience of being out in the workplace, which was made into a video that has been shared within BP to promote diversity and understanding. He has served on BP’s Global Legal and Ethics & Compliance Diversity and Inclusion Steering Team, and has spoken at the National Lavender Law Conference about building networks so that the LGBT Legal Community can become more successful while being true to who they are.
Lead Director - UK Marketing & Communications
Misa is UK Lead Director for Marketing & Communications for real estate services firm JLL. She is an expert in Professional Services Marketing and leads a multi-disciplinary team who are passionate about bringing property to life for the firm’s clients, prospects and staff. She is one of few out bi people in her industry and has been active in promoting LGBT inclusion and the need for diversity in all its forms within her company and the wider industry. Misa has been on the steering group of Changing the Face of Property, an industry wide diversity initiative, since 2012. She is also JLL’s Exec sponsor for the Diversity agenda, a role she has used to increase awareness and help change attitudes within the business. She is an active part of the firm’s Building Pride network helping to position JLL as one of the most LGBT friendly firms in the property.
Head of International Capital Markets and Diversity & Inclusion Partner
Daniel is equity partner, a US securities lawyer and the head of the International Capital Markets group at CMS Cameron McKenna. He is also the Diversity & Inclusion Partner. Daniel has played an active role within CMS, supporting its LGBT network including implementing support structures that involve protection against bullying/harassment and regularly reports to management about the development of diversity policies. He is the founder and co-chair of the InterLaw Diversity Forum, the leading LGBT legal group in the UK and leads on innovative projects such as Purple Reign (highlighting LGBT and ally role models) and the Apollo Project with the FT (focusing on creating meritocratic workplaces) . Daniel is a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust and collaborates with many LGBT charities including Stonewall, Switchboard LGBT+, EJAF and the THT.
Swinton Insurance Ltd
Richard is a Distribution Director at Swinton Insurance and is helping drive the LGBT agenda in Manchester, and is a founding member of LINK, the LGBT insurance network. He uses his position to encourage people not to feel that they need to hide their real selves in the workplace and to know they have a senior ally confidant and supporter. He has been an active sponsor of the Stonewall youth leaders program and has mentored a number of LGBT colleagues, and has recently become a Trustee of Stonewall. Additionally he helped to organise the Audacity Talent rising Conference as part of the Lord Mayor’s appeal and talent agenda.
Allen & Overy LLP
Jim is the co-chair of A&O’s global Life Sciences sector group, head of Corporate Intellectual Property at A&O London and Chair of A&Out (A&O’s global LGBT network). As chair of A&Out, he has the primary responsibility for acting as the visible senior role model. The network is now an international network involved in business development, graduate recruitment, mentoring and social responsibility activities. He acts as a mentor to junior A&O LGBT staff and in his spare time provides mentoring to LGBT students and up-and-coming LGBT business leaders through various mentoring schemes. He is also the firm’s relationship partner for the provision of pro bono legal advice to the Human Dignity Trust and is a supporter of the Albert Kennedy Trust.
Managing Director, UK and Ireland
Kevin is Managing Director, Visa UK & Ireland. He is Executive Sponsor for the LGBT network within Visa in Europe. He is also a member of OUTstanding, and this year Visa is lead sponsor of the Stonewall Awards. Kevin is committed to making a difference by using the influence of his role: he promotes a culture of openess and respect in the work place acting as a role model internally; he supports diversity and inclusion via the company’s brand and promotes LGBT issues across the FS sector.
Global General Counsel
Matthew is the Global General Counsel of Ingeus and recently launched “Off Site”, a network for LGBT professionals in the construction and infrastructure sector. Prior to this, he founded and chaired the LGBT network at Balfour Beatty. He is vocal about LGBT rights, and has been published in The Guardian speaking about LGBT equality in the construction sector.
HR Director, Commercial Banking
Lloyds Banking Group
Matthew is the HR Director, Commercial Banking for Lloyds Banking Group. He has been a major force in the redesign and implementation of a new Commercial Banking diversity and inclusion strategy at Lloyds Banking Group launched in 2014. This has included driving education around unconscious bias, the need for wider understanding around LGBT inclusion, and career and talent development for LGBT colleagues. As the most senior openly gay executive within Lloyds Banking Group, he recognises his status as a role model and speaks at numerous internal LGBT events. He is a mentor to LGBT colleagues at both senior and junior levels.
Head of Service Recovery
Crawford is the Head of Service Recovery and a member of the Executive Management team for HSBC’s UK Retail Banking & Wealth Management Distribution business. Crawford has been with HSBC for over 20 years (including 5 years at M&S Bank where he formed the LGBT Support Network & Chaired the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, in his role as Deputy CEO). Crawford is passionate about acting as a role model to the LGBT community and since taking up his new position at HSBC this year has been focussing his activity on internal LGBT inclusion including recently setting up a new local Chapter of HSBC Pride.
Executive Director, Strategy & Development
Renaud has been with SPIE for seven years and is an openly gay member of the SPIE UK board, which is fairly uncommon in the construction industry. Internally, he has led the push for LGBT rights as a statutory item of the agenda of the Group Diversity Committee and currently mentors LGBT future leaders. Additionally, as an elected member of the Assembly of French Citizens Abroad, he has campaigned for the same-sex marriage and organised several public meetings supporting the bill. He has also been very active in the early development of LE REFUGE, the biggest European association providing help and support to young homeless LGBT people.
Chief Strategy Officer & Senior Vice President
As well as his role as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of Lufthansa Group, Sadiq is Chairman of Lufthansa Consulting and sits on the Board of Directors of Sun Express Airlines. He is also a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Business School, where he started an MBA class on the Travel Industry and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Travel. Sadiq is a regular speaker at major LGBT events such as ROMBA, EurOUT and Sticks & Stones. Additionally, he was recently selected by the World Economic Forum to be a Young Global Leader 2015, which recognises leaders under 40 demonstrating their contribution to society. He has visited 120 countries and graduated from Cambridge University and Harvard Business School.
Chief Marketing Officer
As well as his role as Chief Marketing Officer, reporting directly to the CEO, Jonathan is also the executive sponsor of two Employee Resource Groups that promote diversity and inclusion: Black@Airbnb and Amplify@Airbnb. In 2014, led by Jonathan, Airbnb launched their first multi media Pride activation in San Francisco and then extended their LGBT commitment in Australia. Additionally, Airbnb has actively promoted their support for the transgender community, taking up advertising when Caitlin Jenner received the Arthur Ash Award at the ESPYs.
Boston Community Capital
Led by Elyse, Boston Community Capital was an early adapter of policies that supported equal opportunity regardless of sexual orientation and encouraged vendors and service providers to adopt similar policies. As CEO, she also assured that health insurance coverage was available for the partners of BCC’s LGBTQ employees and signed onto two Supreme Court amicus briefs in support of marriage equality demonstrating to all employees that BCC would work for full LGBTQ equality. Additionally, in 2015, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice presented Elyse with its “Fuelling the Front Lines” award.
Chief HR Officer
As the Chief HR Officer, Hein has designed and implemented a focused HR strategy and has launched a new behavioural code which identifies the behaviours they would like to see in business. He consistently positions himself in public as an LGBT role model, incorporating his personal story in many of his public speeches. Within his previous and his current company he has sponsored and propagated the LGBT network and has launched and supported LGBT policies. Outside of the workplace Hein supports Human Rights Watch and is an active member of the Dutch Aids Fund.
As MD, Mark has driven Virgin Holidays’ significant growth with a global team. He has led Virgin Holidays’ headline sponsorship of the annual Attitude Awards for the last two years, and recently signed an agreement to sponsor the awards until 2017. Additionally, Mark is one of the founding members of the TTG LGBT Network, whose purpose is to celebrate the contribution of the LGBT community in the travel industry as well as to drive positive change particularly overseas. He regularly speaks at various industry and business forums on the subject of diversity in the workplace.
Managing Director SMSP Central & Eastern Europe
Marianne leads Microsoft’s corporate clients, small & medium business and partner network in Central & Eastern Europe. She currently acts as a Role model for Central Eastern Europe employees via Internal newsletter publications, internal events and participating in the WW Diversity video as the LGBT role model. Additionally, she mentors several LGBT Eastern Europe employees and is the European Exec sponsor for GLEAM. Externally she works closely with the Gay Women’s Network.
VP Corporate Audit
Campbell Soup Company
As VP Corporate Audit, Bethmara is part of Campbell’s Global Leadership Team. She is the Global Chair and Business Advisor for OPEN, Campbell’s LGBT employee network. She has led the development of a network strategy that is focused on adding value to Campbell’s LGBT initiatives in order to have real impact on the business. Previously, she served on the Boards of The Point Foundation and Matthew Shepard Foundation. She stays active in supporting LGBT community work.
Managing Director, Global Head of Markets Client Strategy
As well as his role as a senior Managing Director at Barclays Investment Bank, Jeff is also a member of the Global Client Management Committee, the Global Head of Markets Client Strategy across all asset classes, and a senior member of the firm’s diversity efforts, serving on the Oversight Board of Spectrum, the firm’s LGBT network. Jeff maintains strong engagement in New York and London, serving on the founding leadership boards for Out Leadership in both the US and Europe, along with a number of other LGBT national and local boards. Additionally, Jeff and his partner fund the Eugene Cummings Prize for the best senior thesis in LGBT studies at Harvard University.
Founding Equity Partner
Antonia is a founding Equity Partner of a business that she formed in 2007. Transitioning in 2000 in a very male dominated working environment was her first step to being proud/loud/visible in the workplace. She has also been a Trustee of The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust for 10 plus years, and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors. In the last 12 months she has appeared in multiple publications and talked at various events/roadshows about being proudly transgender. Additionally, she has accepted pro bono appointments with the intention of influencing positive change for the LGBT good and assisted the Albert Kennedy Trust in the relocation of their offices.
Telegraph Media Group
As well as his role as Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group Lord Black is also a member of the House of Lords and the first openly gay Conservative peer. He is currently leading the campaign to ban the use of gay “conversion therapy” and has continued to campaign on the international homosexual decriminalisation agenda. He is also working with the National Aids Trust to protect HIV funding and campaigns to get make Truvada more widely available. Additionally he has recently been appointed President of the Institute of Promotional Marketing.
McKinsey & Co
Dennis is one of the leaders of McKinsey’s organisation practice, recently leading the firm’s review of the global human capital market and leader of the global diversity practice. He serves clients across financial services, technology, health care, and government. He also convenes the roundtable of leading Chief HR Officers in the UK and Ireland. As a global leader of Gays and Lesbians at McKinsey, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, he has ensured support for LGBT consultants starting families, as well as parental leave.
Chief Marketing Officer and MD, Circulation
Since joining The Economist Group in 2006 Michael has been completely and continually open about his sexuality with all staff members and shareholders. He regularly mentors young, diverse team members in various offices around the world. He also acts as board-level sponsor and was a founder and launch member of The Economist Group LGBT and Ally global network. He is also an advisory panel member and sponsor of the Global Diversity List. Additionally, he is working to promote and support the launch of the world’s first ever global summit on the detrimental economic effects of LGBT discrimination in March of 2016.
Global Head of Diversity
As Global Head of Diversity for Barclays, Mark is among the most senior leaders of the organisation. He regularly provides media commentary on behalf of Barclays, delivers key-note addresses, and participates in government and regulatory debates on matters relating to diversity and inclusion. Outside of the organisation, Mark supports several LGBT organisations including Stonewall’s Global Business Committee, Human Rights Campaign’s Diversity Advisory Council, OUTstanding’s LGBT Mentoring programme and Gay Star Business’s Business Advisory Council. He is also one of three founding members of the OutCenter, the first LGBT community resource centre in Benton Harbor Michigan.
Senior Vice President - Global Academic Relations
Michiel is part of Elsevier’s senior management. He leads a global team of executives and works closely with Elsevier’s chairman. Michiel has been elected Vice President of the International Publishers Association (IPA) for 2015-2016 and the President of the IPA, 2017-2018. He initiated and acts as executive sponsor for the Elsevier LGBT chapter, Elsevier Pride and signed the Declaration of Amsterdam on behalf of Elsevier, reflecting the strong commitment of Elsevier to LGBT issues in the workplace. Outside of his role in Elsevier, he has volunteered in a program by the Dutch Foreign Ministry that invites LGBT activists from around the world to visit Amsterdam during pride week.
Simon is the MD of one of the best known and most well established holiday companies in the UK. This year he was appointed to Hoseasons’ parent, Wyndham Worldwide’s (NYSE : WYN) Global Executive Diversity Council and sits as one of 24 leaders influencing the global diversity strategy for Wyndham’s 34,000 employees. 2015 saw Hoseasons launch a LGBT and Allies network, sign up with Stonewall as a Diversity Champion and support Norwich Pride, which was only in its 7th year. Additionally, Simon has had two articles published in Travel Weekly in the past year focusing on workplace tolerance and challenges for the LGBT community at work and is a regular public speaker on diversity and inclusion as well as a mentor to LGBT employees to help them reach their full potential in business.
Transformation Delivery Director
Telefonica UK (O2
Chris sits on the Senior Leadership team and was one of the founders of the Telefonica UK LGBTQ network in December 2013 and since then he has been the Executive Sponsor of the group. Over the last year they have made their LGBT network really inclusive by fully participating in Pride events with an O2 bus and making it part of their marketing activity #poochesofpride. Chris also writes a personal and business weekly blog on their intranet site talking about inclusion issues covering LGBTQ, gender and other diversity. He is an active member of Stonewall and has fully participated in various pride events across the country.
Narind has been a partner at Clifford Chance for 4 years and is currently the partner champion of Arcus. He has recently been profiled on the firm’s intranet page as an LGBT role model and acts as a mentor to individuals from Arcus. Additionally, Narind has championed and led the firm’s LGBT pro bono campaigns including a non-gendered campaign to support judicial review of the passport office’s decision to refuse to recognise gender neutral passports. This support has led to over 270 hours of legal work being undertaken at the firm.
Vice President, Public Sector and Transport
Steven is on the Executive Board of Fujitsu Services UK Ltd and is Vice President of Public Sector and Transport. His highly visible LGBT leadership and championing of Diversity initiatives, including the support and networking group Shine LGBT+, has helped embed a more inclusive culture throughout the organisation. Steven’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion extends beyond the UK, including presenting to Fujitsu’s Global leadership on the benefits of an inclusive workplace. Additionally, he is a Stonewall Ambassador, sits on the Gay Star News Advisory Board, and has been nominated for a number of diversity awards in 2015. In the words of a colleague: “Steven is a prominent LGBT role model who tirelessly champions inclusion at the most senior levels of Fujitsu.”
General Counsel, Corporate and Investment Bank
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
As well as her position as Deputy General Council Stacey is also the Executive Sponsor of JPMorgan Chase’s firm wide legal diversity committee. In the past year she has hosted panels in Chicago and London to discuss embracing LGBT equality in a global environment, was a key advocate in support of the firm signing the marriage equality amicus brief to the US Supreme Court. She also helped secure JPMorgan as the host of the first London Lavender Law event for LGBT lawyers. Outside of the organisation she is an active member of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders and a member of the LGBT Project of the ACLU.
SVP and Chief Counsel, International
As SVP and Chief Counsel, International Tim leads a team in 17 locations around the world. He frequently talks about his journey and acts as executive sponsor for the London PRIDE alliance. Tim also acts as a mentor to an LGBT Future Leader in OUTstanding’s cross-industry mentoring scheme. Additionally he has spoken at various events including conferences hosted by EurOUT and Baker and McKenzie. Indirectly, he supports the internal PRIDE team in engaging with external organisations and ensuring that the company is duly recognised for its accomplishments.
Vice Chairman, Business Operations
The Dow Chemical Company
James is one of two vice chairs at Dow and a member of the company’s most senior executive committee. After nearly 30 years in the closet during his professional life, James recently came out to Dow’s 53,000 employees. James passionately mentors LGBT employees, sharing his insights and striving to make a personal difference with each colleague. He recently joined other top global business and financial executives at the Out on the Street 2015 LGBT Leadership Summit in the US and spoke at a first-of-its-kind LGBT summit nearby Dow’s global headquarters in Michigan.
Chief Information Risk Officer – EMEA
As Chief Information Risk Officer – EMEA, Dan was a key driver in the winning team of the BNY Mellon EMEA Product Innovation Awards 2015. He is the C-Level Outreach director for PRISM, BNY Mellon’s organisation for LGBT & Ally Employees where he sits on and hosts LGBT panels and leads presentations within the organisation. He personally mentors several BNY Mellon LGBT Employees. Externally, Dan is a member of the Human Rights Campaign and InterTech Diversity Forum as well as financially supporting Allsorts LGBT Youth Project, Opening Doors London. He is also a financial sponsor and a project co-founder of Inerela + Network based in South Africa.
Head of Group Risk Systems
Lloyds Banking Group
Kimberley is the joint most senior female LGBT colleague in Lloyd’s Banking Group. She is consulted on all Group-level decisions relating to improving both the employment and customer experience for trans and non-binary people. She is also the Deputy Co Chair of the Group’s Rainbow network and a member of the Group IT Diversity & Inclusion work-stream. Kimberley is also a mentor to a number of trans people who are at various stages of their career and transition. Outside of the organisation she is one of the co-founders of trans*formation, a leading UK organisation for advancing the interests of trans professionals.
Tuffin Ferraby Taylor
As a Chartered Building Surveyor and Partner at Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, leading property and construction consultants, David sits on their Executive Board as the Marketing Partner and leads their London office. He is a Co-founder & Co-chair of Freehold, a support network and forum that supports LGBT real estate professionals with a membership of almost 800. He also works with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to promote increased diversity in surveying including speaking at their recent Diversity & Inclusion Conference. He has been a vocal advocate of LGBT matters in the sector trade press, most importantly, Estates Gazette and Property Week.
Managing Director - Costa International
As Managing Director – Costa International Jason is responsible for the 1,000 stores outside of the UK across 28 countries from France to the Philippines. He also sits on the Costa Executive Board influencing decision making across the business. He is a founding member of Broadening the Talent Pool, the Whitbread wide diversity group which champions equal opportunity for all team members. He has also recently become a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is leveraging this in order to ensure that Whitbread is more visible in the diversity space and can be recognised as a supportive place for LGBT people to build careers.
Although diversity isn’t Andy’s day job, he sponsors all of the organisations diversity and inclusion activity in their consulting business and sits on the firms cross line of service diversity panel. He launched and sponsored the GLEE@PwC inclusive business network (for Gay’s, Lesbian’s and Everyone Else) which has been rolled out to PwC network firms around the world, with the latest launch in Vietnam. Outside of the organisation, Andy is an active supporter of Stonewall, The Peter Tatchell Foundation, Switchboard and Opening Doors, as well as being a Trustee for Diversity Role Models and Action Breaks Silence. He is also a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party.
Executive Director, Human Resources
Ken is the Executive Director for HR, responsible for people development in the global sales organisation as well as one of 3 registered directors of Lenovo’s European holdings company – Lenovo International BV. He is also the executive sponsor for LGBT at Lenovo Group which has set up networking groups in several countries and sent employees to Out & Equal conferences. Outside of the organisation Ken was one of the founders of the Albert Kennedy Trust and served as a Trustee for 5 years in the 1990s. He still volunteers for the Trust, currently chairs the lobbying committee and last year was awarded the Trust’s first “25 years of service” award.
Tim is the Founder and CEO of Extrastaff, a recruitment business with a dozen high street branches. From its head office in St. Albans, Tim is responsible for its astonishing growth record, overseeing the management of the business, its workforce and the culture of the business. He is an openly bisexual CEO committed to diversity in a traditionally very conservative sector. The organisation provides diversity training to all employees, covering sexuality and unconscious bias. Tim also acts as a mentor to many ambitious people in the LGBT community and actively supports Stonewall, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
VP Global HR
As VP Global HR Kingsley has lead the organisation through huge growth, with employees increasing from 120 employees to 1500. He has also set up an internal LGBT group and is leading the strategic agenda, diversity strategy and board engagement. The organisation has also delivered a NOH8 campaign and is set to participate in ‘it gets better’ and identifying other ways to support the LGBT community. Externally, Kingsley is passionate about supporting Diversity Role Models and similar LGBT community groups, as well as part of the Gay Star News newly formed advisory board.
Partner, Financial Services
Mark is an Equity Partner in PwC’s UK Financial Services Risk and Regulatory business, member of the Consulting People leadership team and on their Global LGBT Board. He is a Partner sponsor of GLEE@PwC, their inclusive LGBT business network. He is active in leading PwC’s Diversity Mentoring Programme, coaching LGBT future potential leaders by giving advice on their careers. Externally he is a Stonewall Ambassador and a Purple Circle member of the Albert Kennedy Trust. He recently established the UK’s first social media LGBT Executive Powerlist.
Vice President - Performance & Talent Management
Nicholas has been on the Thomson Reuters global Talent & Development Leadership Team since 2010, and has co-chaired the company’s Pride at Work LGBT+ Network UK chapter since 2012. He leads Thomson Reuters relationship with Stonewall, overseeing the company’s first appearance in the top 100 of the 2015 Stonewall Equality Index, and engaging as a founding partner of Stonewall Global Diversity Champions. He leads the company’s partnership with Pride in London, was a panellist at the Trans*formation first birthday event, and helped arrange for the company to be a founding partner of the new Open For Business initiative. He is a Stonewall Ambassador who uses his significant social media reach to engage others around LGBT+ topics, featuring in the LGBT City Execs & Advocates Social Media Powerlist.
Group Finance Director
In March 2014 Simon was appointed as Group Finance Director for a group of companies involved in a diverse range of business activities including medical recruitment, property investment, property development & construction, hostels, and second charge mortgage lending. He has supported staff through their coming out in the workplace. Externally, he is an active member of Stonewall and has been part of the LGBT group at St James’s Church Piccadilly which aims to provide a safe space for the community to explore faith. He also financially supports All Out and actively engages in their media campaigns.
Vice President, Global Merchandising & Ancillary Revenue
Hertz Global Holdings
Brian joined Hertz Global Holdings in October 2014 as the youngest company officer and launched the LGBT & Allies Affinity Group which did not exist prior to his arrival. He currently serves as the global sponsor of the group, and has enlisted allies’ support from executive leadership. He is a former organiser of the Reaching Out MBA Conference and currently serves as a panellist, mentor and advisor to the organisation as it continues to grow. He is also actively involved with the Point Foundation which provides scholarship, mentorship and support to LGBT undergraduate and graduate students.
Human Resources Director
Financial Conduct Authority
Jacqueline has been HR Director for the FCA since its formation in 2013. Prior to this, Jacqueline was a Managing Director at Barclays leading the resourcing and talent agenda for retail banking world-wide. She has played similar roles at Lloyds Banking Group and RBS Group. Jacqueline is passionate about progressing social change through education. She has sat on the board of the NUS and latterly Stonewall where she was Chair during the implementation of Equal Marriage. Her first book, The Truth About Talent, was published internationally in 2010. Jacqueline is on the Board for the National Skills Academy for Financial Services and has recently been elected as an Upper Warden to The Guild of HR Professionals.
Executive Director - Human Resources
Siobhan is a board member and member of the UK Executive, reporting to the CEO and jointly responsible for a business of 2,500 staff. She is also Global Chair of the Business Innovation work stream of Mercer’s global LGBT network and is a key champion for diversity and inclusive practice, both in the business and in the wider business, education and faith communities. Additionally, Siobhan is a Stonewall Ambassador, a Governor of Greenside Primary School in Hammersmith, a Patron of the MD charitable Foundation, a Parochial Church Council member of All Hallows by the Tower – the oldest Church in the City of London – and an Advisory Board Member for the Professional Women’s Network.
Nyman Libson Paul
As a Partner at Nyman Libson Paul Isabella is the only openly out person (to her knowledge) out of approximately 100 employees in the firm. With Isabella’s lead the organisation has been revisiting their workplace procedures, particularly regarding dignity in the workplace and including a diversity policy. Isabella has also spoken at numerous external events, including; lecturing to the LGBT society of the London Business School. She is also a Diversity Role Model and is actively involved with Keshet Diversity UK Limited, a not for profit company, to promote LGBT acceptance in Jewish schools, synagogues and similar organisations.
Jonathan is an equity partner of K&L Gates, co-head of the firm’s Islamic finance practice, Chair of the London office’s Diversity Committee and a member of the firm’s Global Diversity Committee. Internally he has helped to review HR policies and procedures to ensure they meet best practice standards, particularly regarding trans staff. He is a mentor to LGBT lawyers in London and globally. He has also helped to establish a new internal companywide email group “LGBT Rights Pro Bono Group” to bring together lawyers interested in working in the area. Externally he is a Stonewall Ambassador and a Purple Circle key supporter of the Albert Kennedy Trust.
Managing Director & Associate General Counsel
Tim is a Global Practice Group Head and Managing Director in the Corporate & Investment Bank Legal Department responsible for J.P. Morgan’s Equities business and for Global Regulatory Reform. He is a Stonewall Ambassador, a supporter of the Human Dignity Trust and a member of the InterLaw Diversity Forum. Most recently he is spearheading Lavender Law Europe by hosting it at J.P. Morgan’s offices in Canary Wharf. Tim is considered by many to be a very strong candidate for the Mayoralty of The City of London in the future which would make him the first openly gay man to hold such high civic office.
Head of the Senior Managers Regime, Group Operations
Lloyds Banking Group
Audrey is currently Head of the Senior Managers Regime, Group Operations, Lloyds Banking Group and as such is responsible for ensuring 45,000 colleagues are ready for the new FCA regulations coming into force for the financial services industry from next year. She regularly speaks at events across the entire bank to promote the LGBT agenda and has also taken part in role model sessions to tell her story in detail. She also mentors several LGBT colleagues and takes part in reverse mentoring for senior execs.
Coutts is one of the largest, if not largest, private bank in the UK. During his time at Coutts Mike has established a Coutts LGBT society which is now in its 4th year and is looking to re-launch shortly with a view to encouraging straight allies to support their LGBT colleagues. Externally he is an active supporter of OUTstanding and Radius and has encouraged RBS membership and support. Additionally he won the Coutts Diversity 2015 Champion award for work done promoting other strands of diversity including women and disability.
Jeffrey is a Managing Director in BNP Paribas’ Corporate and Investment Banking division heading up the Media Telecom Finance team in London. He is deeply involved in the Steering Committee of BNP Paribas’ Pride network which involves sharing his bio and picture online and being a role model internally. As his colleagues in France are setting out to set up a network Jeffrey is providing senior sponsorship and assistance. Outside the work place he is actively engaged with OUTstanding, which has allowed him to participate in a cross-industry mentoring scheme. He is also a member of a number of different organisation promoting LGBT diversity and support.
Group Finance Director
St Modwen Plc
Rob has recently become the only openly gay Group Finance Director of a FTSE 250 plc, St Modwen. Previously Rob was at British Land where he drove organisational and cultural change through his role as Group Financial Controller and Co Chair of OpCo. Whilst at British Land Rob was responsible for forming an LGBT working group to help promote staff concerns and get action, he linked the organisation to Audeliss, an executive search firm specialising in diverse recruitment, and actively encouraged British Land to be the first PropCo to sign up to OUTstanding. Externally Rob is an active member of Stonewall, and Freehold, the LGBT Property Group.
Jon is a Partner at Brunswick Group, working with the senior leadership of global companies to ensure they create value through building a successful relationship with society. He is the founder of Open For Business, a global corporate-led response to the spread of anti-LGB&T laws around the world, which has published the most comprehensive evidence-base on the business and economic case for LGB&T inclusion to date. He is the author of two business books: Everybody’s Business, co-authored with Lucy Parker, which looks at the potential for big business to be a force for positive social progress and The Business of Brands, with David Muir, on the financial value of brands.
Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Corporate UK
As CUO for the past four years Nick is an executive member of the GCUK board and leads the underwriting strategy and execution. He has spoken at FIRMA (the European Risk Management Association), has written several articles for trade publications and regularly presents on business strategy. He is a founding member of LINK and a Founder and Exec sponsor of GLEE the Zurich Insurance UK LGBT network group. He is also sponsoring and hosting a Diversity Champions workshop as part of the Lloyds of London Dive into Diversity 2015 festival. Nick is also a Purple Circle donor member of the Albert Kennedy Trust.
Group Director of Organisation & Development
Babcock International Group plc
Together with the Chief Executive, Kevin has transformed the culture within Babcock. Under the strap line “All Together Different” he has led a companywide campaign to embrace the opportunities diversity brings. Kevin has also implemented more LGBT friendly policies – such as pensions for LGBT members of staff whether they’re civil partnered or married. Externally he has acted as an informal mentor to a number of gay executives and has always made sure that all the organisations he is associated with fully support LGBT employees.
Brand Marketing Director
As Brand Marketing Director for Premier Inn, Russell is on the Premier Inn UK Executive Team within Whitbread. His most visible statement around LGBT was a marketing campaign last year whereby he renamed the Premier Inn brand to ‘Premier Out’ for the day, it was the first time the company had made such a publicly visible statement of support, and it ran across all internal and external channels. He is also currently part of a small group establishing an LGBT alliance at Whitbread that stretches across the business.
Stephen is the Marketing Director for Argos and a member of the Argos Executive Committee. He has been a key architect of the recent re-launch of the Argos brand “Get Set Go Argos”. He is also the first executive sponsor of the Home Retail Group LGBT and Allies network where he has delivered a speech that has been publicised across the business. He is a long-time donor to Stonewall and historically, to the Human Rights Campaign. He has been out at work for over 20 years.
Partner and Chair, Energy & Natural Resources Group
Reed Smith LLP
Kyri has been a member of Reed Smith’s Executive Committee for five years and also Chairs the firm’s Global Strategy Committee. He is the Executive Sponsor of Reed Smith internal LGBT network, PRISM, through which he has been an ambassador and a visible champion on behalf of Reed Smith to clients and the wider market. He has also been an active role model within the traditionally conservative Greek/Cypriot community and has helped raise awareness and inspire young people to be confident to express themselves, be comfortable with who they are and to break down barriers in order to succeed.