2016 Judging Panel
Riverstone Holdings LLC
Lord John Browne is a well-known figure to anyone involved in the push for LGBT inclusion in the workplace. Having resigned as chief executive of BP after being forced out of the closet, and now as the author of The Glass Closet, Lord Browne has become a key voice in the campaign for LGBT inclusion. He is a former Partner at Riverstone Holdings LLC, and is now Executive Chairman of L1 Energy, as well as holding a variety of board positions.
As the CEO of Getty Images, Dawn can boast a wealth of experience at the very highest levels of business. As well her current position, Dawn has also been Managing Director of Channels & Services at BSkyB and the Managing Director of Global Content at ITV.
CEO, Barclays UK
Ashok is CEO Barclays UK, one of the most inclusive FTSE100 companies, which ranked second in the 2014 Stonewall Global Workplace Equality Index. Ashok is also the Founder Director of ‘Lend A Hand India’, a non-profit organisation which provides access to education, vocational training and employment to those living in poverty.
VP & GM, Watson Internet of Things, Customer Engagement & Education
Harriet is the VP & GM of Watson Internet of Things, Customer Engagement & Education at IBM. She is a global executive with extensive, multi-channel business leadership experience, having lived and worked on four continents. She was CEO of both Thomas Cook Group plc and the leading high service technology distributor Premier Farnell plc. Harriet is also a Non-Executive Director of both Emerson and BAE Systems, and was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to industry. She served two terms on the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, was named Business Leader of the Year at the UK Business Awards in 2013, and won the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year Award in 2014.
Dean of Faculty and Director of Research
Ashridge Business School
Vicki is Dean of Faculty and Director of Research at Ashridge Business School, holding a PhD in Psychology from Lancaster University. As an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist, she specialises in organisational behaviour, in particular the importance of well-being at work. Vicki offers our panel a high level of insight into the psychological effects a non-inclusive work environment can have.
Founder & CEO
Suki founded OUTstanding in 2013 after discovering a lack of senior LGBT role models in the business world. Suki’s experience in executive recruitment and networking has given him a detailed picture of the high-level professional landscape, having delivered more than 300 senior assignments over the course of his career. As a recruiter, Suki is committed to promoting diversity of all kinds in the workplace, with 59% of his recruitment firm, Audeliss, appointments since 2011 being diverse candidates. He also passionately supports many charities including StandUp Foundation, The Albert Kennedy Trust and Smartworks.
Deputy Editor of Special Reports
The Financial Times
Josh Spero is deputy editor of Special Reports at the Financial Times, and consulting editor for events. He is Tatler’s art critic and his first book, Second-Hand Stories, came out in 2015.