Our Team

Our organisation is built and driven by a passionate team of professionals who have diversity and inclusion at their core. We strive to represent our values by being brave in our work, embracing inclusion at every turn and always leading by example.

Meet the team
Senior Management
Membership
Digital, Communications & Marketing
Events & Role Modelling
Programmes & Research
Operations
OUTstanding Ireland
Senior Management
Setting business priorities and annual strategy, the Senior Management team provide support and leadership across all departments, ensuring the organisation grows and evolves in line with our long term vision and values.
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 OUTstanding in 2013 to diversify boardrooms, create more inclusive cultures and champion LGBT+ role models.
Passionate about diversity and human rights, Ori is a driving force within the organisation, leading the charge on business development and strategy. When she’s not delivering value to OUTstanding and EMpower member firms, Ori is an aerial trapeze enthusiast and fitness fanatic.
Membership
The Membership team provide the main point of contact between our organisation and our member firms. In addition to managing day to day communication with membership contacts, they run quarterly meetings and deliver bespoke training, consultancy and inclusion advice.
As the most experienced member of the membership team, Alex has played a key role in winning new business and managing relationships with key stakeholders within our network. Based in mainland Europe, Alex looks after all non-UK based member firms. Outside of work, Alex can often be found jetting off on holiday and enjoying live music.
Carlotta joined the organisation in 2017 to support our growing membership base. With a background in sustainability and marketing, she has a passion for creating more inclusive cultures. Having only recently moved to London, when she’s not at work Carlotta can often be found enjoying the incredible culture the city has to offer.
Leana joined OUTstanding in 2017 after working in a resource role at PwC. Previous to this she has worked in recruitment for over 4 years. After working on several diversity projects, Leana developed her passion for diversity and inclusion and is the lead on our EMpower initiative. Outside of work, you’ll find her on the netball court, enjoying delicious food, or sipping cocktails on a beach.
Having worked in Sales for several years, Van moved to OUTstanding driven by a passion to do something with a social purpose. He’s lived and worked all around the world, and puts his knowledge of different companies and cultures to good use in the membership team. When he’s not working, Van loves exploring London and practicing meditation.
Emma supports the membership team across multiple accounts, working alongside the other Account Managers to nurture and develop relationships with member firms. Emma joined the organisation after taking a year-long career break to travel the world, and keeps her travel-obsession alive with regular European minibreaks.
Digital, Communications & Marketing
The team manages all elements of marketing, communications and digital activity – comprising branding, social media, PR, website and CRM. Working to deliver against our annual business strategy, the team works with the membership team to ensure continued exposure for us and our member firms within internal and external comms.
Sophie leads the marketing and communications team, developing the annual strategy and coordinating delivery of member and network communications, PR and social media alongside ongoing member engagement and exposure. Outside of work Sophie can often be found in the gym or dreaming of owning a tea shop.
Matthew joined in October 2017 following several years in Communications at COS. He works on the development of all member and network communications, and manages our social media strategy across all initiatives. He’s a keen cyclist and yogi, and likes looking after his collection of houseplants while eating Ben & Jerry’s.
Ryan is the link between the comms team and the membership team, working with our account managers to ensure that we showcase all of the amazing events and initiatives within our member network. He recently graduated with an MSc in International Marketing from Kings College London, and once danced on stage with Katy Perry!
Events & Role Modelling
Managing the planning and delivery of our annual events schedule, the team also runs our annual role model lists for OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes – from nominations through the publication and celebrations.
Rachel leads all Role Modelling activities across the organisation, developing the list strategy and managing the media partnership with the FT. Rachel is also responsible for the role modelling events series, including our seasonal receptions, Gala Dinner and international role model dinners. When that’s not consuming her time, Rachel loves musical theatre and winning at pub quizzes.
As a dedicated researcher, Lauren supports the team across all role modelling list administration. When she’s not processing nominations and writing communications to our role models, Lauren can be found brushing up on her wine knowledge and watching the Great British Bake Off .
Following a successful few months as a research intern, Alice joined OUTstanding on a full time basis in December 2017 supporting both our research and events teams. When she’s not showing her passion for equality and LGBT+ rights, Alice loves spending time with her two dogs, and enjoys watching documentaries on everything and anything.
Programmes & Research
Leading on advisory services and thought leadership, the team develops relevant and stimulating content for our annual programme series, and commissions research to enhance and develop our membership proposition.
Driven by a desire to creating positive social change, Soi assists on the delivery of programmes and research at OUTstanding through research and the analysis of data. Outside of work, Soi volunteers at his local youth club working with children and improving his film photography skills.
Operations
Keeping everything running smoothly, our operations team look after HR, Finance and day-to-day office management.
As Chief of Staff, Sarah oversees all HR, Finance and Operation. She also supports Suki, managing his diary and speaking engagements. When not keeping the company running smoothly, Sarah enjoys painting and watching the latest all-action superhero movies.
Patrycja looks after all company operations, as well as supporting Ori and the membership team. Patrycja has lived and worked in lots of different countries and brings a wealth of knowledge and language experience to the team. When she’s not keeping the team in order, Patrycja loves spending time with her French bulldog, and office pet, Freddy.
OUTstanding Ireland
Jonathan is the local point of contact for all OUTstanding Ireland members. He is responsible for maintaining existing relationships, developing new ones and ensuring that all Irish members have access to our growing schedule of programmes and events.
Jon moved to Dublin in 2013 after working in London for many years in PR. A passionate advocate of LGBT+ rights and inclusion, Jon volunteers with an LGBT+ support group and a gay men’s peer led community health project, both award-winning projects. He also volunteered with the 2015 Irish Marriage Equality referendum (and is currently planning his own wedding!) Outside of work, he enjoys reading, going to the gym, exploring the Irish countryside and collecting merchandise of his favourite feminist icon: Wonder Woman.