Judging Panel

Lord Browne

Executive Chairman
L1 Energy

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.

Dawn Airey

Independent Director
Grosvenor Estates GBI

As the former CEO of Getty Images, Dawn can boast a wealth of experience at the very highest levels of business. As well her current position as an Independent Director at Grosvenor Estates GBI, Dawn has also been Managing Director of Channels & Services at BSkyB and the Managing Director of Global Content at ITV.

Ashok Vaswani

Global Consumer and Payments Head
Barclays

Ashok is Global Consumer and Payments Head at Barclays, 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.

Harriet Green

CEO & Chairman, Asia Pac
IBM

Harriet is the CEO & Chairman, Asia Pacific 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.

Suki Sandhu OBE

Founder & CEO
INvolve & Audeliss

As one of the UK’s leading specialists in diversity and inclusion for over 14 years, Suki has been a game changer in this field. He founded membership initiatives OUTstanding in 2013, and EMpower and HERoes in 2017 to diversify boardrooms, create more inclusive cultures and champion role models. In 2018, Suki launched INvolve, a motherbrand sitting above these three initiatives, working holistically across LGBT+, gender and ethnic minority inclusion. Both Audeliss and INvolve are committed to creating inclusive working environments for all.

Lianna Brinded

Head of Yahoo Finance UK
Yahoo Finance UK

Lianna Brinded oversees all editorial operations at Yahoo Finance UK, from breaking news and analysis, to exclusive journalism and original programming.
Prior to working at Yahoo, she led the newsroom at Business Insider UK, was a Europe editor for Quartz, a TV producer at CNBC, and has worked at a range of titles for Dow Jones and Incisive Media, among others.
Lianna hosts the “Global Change Agents” premium video series for Yahoo Finance and contributes to the media outlet’s US live news programming. Lianna is also a regular guest on the BBC and TalkRadio and participates in a number of speaking events across Europe.