The judging panel will come together to go through Top 10 submissions and decide on the winner. We have chosen a judging panel of business leaders who are invested in their workplace and also the wider LGBT community.

The Judging Panel will judge corporate categories only. Celebrity and consumer categories will be brought before a public vote.

Categories are:
Corporate Rising Star
• Corporate Straight Ally
• LGBT Network Group
• Diversity Champion
• Inspirational Leader
• Employer/Company

Please enquire if you would like to receive more information on judging criteria or the nomination process.

In 2017, Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life will also be brought before a judging panel. Scroll down to find out more about our judges.

Daniel is a Partner in the Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith.  A US securities lawyer with over 18 years of experience in London and New York, his practice focuses on representing US, UK, European and Asian investment banks and corporate issuers in a wide range of securities transactions.

Daniel is the founder and Co-Chair of the InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks, an inter-organisational forum with over 1,500 members and supporters from more than 70 law firms and 40 corporates and financial institutions, through which he has spearheaded a range of projects alongside advocacy and networking, including the ground-breaking 2012 research Career Progression in the Legal Sector, The Apollo Project and Purple Reign.

The Apollo Project gives organisations the practical tools to drive effective cultural change by leveraging on award-winning examples of best practice.  Purple Reign is an evolving photography exhibition that celebrates LGBT+ and straight ally role models in their professional environment, in collaboration with photographer Thomas Knights and LGBT+ Activist Lisa Power. Daniel’s work on InterLaw’s Apollo Project and Purple Reign has been shortlisted for the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards for 2016.  Daniel is a member of the Equality & Diversity Committee at the Law Society of England & Wales and a member of the Judicial Diversity Forum organised by the Judicial Appointments commission.  Daniel was named the Legal innovator of the Year at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards in 2012 and in 2013 was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Daniel Winterfeldt
Co-Head Judge
Reed Smith
Liz Grant OBE
Co-Head Judge
Business Development & Diversity Consultant at Fantail Business Development

Liz Grant is a Business Development consultant who focuses on Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace. Liz genuinely believes that Inclusion is a business enabler and that smart businesses see it as a lever for growth.

Her experience comes from more than 17 years engagement in the workplace diversity agenda. Much of this was gained in a 27 year career working for IBM. Liz’s work includes the broadest range of all diversity issues and corporate responsibility matters.

Liz is on the advisory panel of Interlaw, the cross-law profession Diversity & Inclusion network. She is a judge for the Apollo Awards which recognise excellence in Inclusion in business. Liz is also an advisor to a variety of industry sector LGBT groups including the insurance and travel sectors.

Liz Grant was a board member and then Vice Chair for Stonewall, the LGBT rights organisation, from 2002 to 2012. During her tenure she had board responsibility for workplace programmes and helped develop their highly respected Diversity Champions programme.

Liz was recognised in the 2013 New Year’s Honours when she was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality in the workplace.

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Mark Anderson
Managing Director
Virgin Holidays

Mark Anderson was appointed Managing Director of Virgin Holidays in April 2014, after 9 years in senior roles. As Managing Director, Mark has significantly transformed the profitability of Virgin Holidays, building strengths, realising synergies, simplifying the business and making the right strategic investments for its people and customers.

Mark is a leading LGBT travel industry figure, recognised for matching his passion for equality in travel with actions aimed at keeping dialogue active and progress momentum strong.  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 is also listed in the Financial Times Top 100 LGBT Executives.

Ali Berryman
Chief Operating Officer at Barclaycard UK
- Past Winner

Ali is the Chief Operations and Technology Officer for Barclaycard UK Cards.  She has worked in credit cards and banking for 19 years with senior management experience across business, digital and O&T disciplines. Ali is an outstanding LGBT role model within the organisation, speaking at events across several geographies, and creating an environment where colleagues can be authentic at work.

She is an active leader on the Barclays Spectrum Committee, reshaping the strategy to drive the vision of creating an LGBT inclusive environment for all.   In 2016 she will also be working with The Albert Kennedy Trust on their Finance Committee.

In 2015 Ali won the Inspirational Role Model award at the British LGBT Awards, and featured in the LGBT Leaders List in the Financial Times.

Outside work, Ali has two children with her wife, Zoe, and having worked with their sons’ school to update their diversity policy, is passionate about improving LGBT awareness within education.  She is also a keen sportswoman, having played hockey for over 30 years.

Philip Bourchier O’Ferrall
Head of Velocity International, Executive Vice President
Viacom International Media Networks

Philip O’Ferrall is Head of Viacom Velocity International, the International Brand Engagement and Branded Content team within Viacom based in London & New York reporting directly to VIMN’s President Robert Bakish. Philip is also the co-founder and non-executive director of Travesty Media, alongside comedian and writer Alan Carr and Beautiful Thing actor Scott Neal.

O’Ferrall is responsible for building on the success of Viacom Velocity internationally, combining his solid commercial experience with a deep understanding of how to build best in class digital and social media engagement with award-winning content underpinned by ‘big data’ and measurement on and off network, for the benefit of Viacom International’s brands and commercial partners around the world.

As part of his prior remit as SVP, International Digital Media, VIMN, O’Ferrall led the global ex US business including the development of new content solutions, technology platforms and strategic partnerships with major industry players in the digital arena. These included new ventures, affiliate relationships, distribution and mobile as well as creating 360-degree TV commissioning strategy for new programming ensuring the world of digital and linear TV grew together.
During this period O’Ferrall was responsible for spearheading a number of innovative initiatives including the international launch of My Nick Jr – Nickelodeon’s first customized kids’ platform – in the UK, the US and China, the launch of YourMTVTop20, the world’s first social media powered music video chart; MTV Always On, MTV’s pop cultutre cross platform content factory continuing the expeditious roll-out of MTV VOD and the MTV News app and social voting campaigns including MTV Stars, MTV’s Hottest Summer Superstar.
Prior to overseeing VIMN’s international portfolio, O’Ferrall was SVP Digital, MTV UK.  He joined VIMN (formerly MTV Networks) in 2007 from Twofour Group, the UK’s largest regional broadcast and production company, where he held the position of Executive Director, responsible for online, mobile and interactive strategy across the entire Twofour Group output.

Aside from his role at VIMN, O’Ferrall enjoys an active role in the Royal Television Society and is a voting member for both The International Emmy Awards and BAFTA and is a Non Executive Board Member of Script & Format Television Business Travesty Media Ltd.  O’Ferrall was named in The Evening Standard’s 1,000 most influential people in London and listed in Debretts People of Power 2010, 11, 12, 13, & 2014.

Colin Campbell Austin
People Development and Talent Resourcing, Telegraph Media Group
- Past Winner

Colin Campbell-Austin is the people development and talent resourcing specialist for the Telegraph Media Group. Skilled in nurturing and developing internal and external future talent. Colin understands the importance diversity plays in an organisation achieving its business strategy. Colin helps businesses to create a climate that engages, enables and inspires senior leaders to embrace the benefits of diversity. Colin has previously been the People Development Managers at Channel 4, where he created a corporate diversity, talent, learning and development strategy that fitted Channel 4’s culture and aligned to their business needs, ensuring Channel 4 was the broadcaster of choice to the best diverse talent from all social backgrounds. Colin is a ‘people champion’, he believes in fairness, equality, diversity and consistency.

Sarah Fennell
Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Sarah Fennell is the Diversity and Inclusion manager for HSBC in the UK, having previously had a successful career in banking with the company which ranged from Global Insurance Strategy to Relationship Manager for companies trading internationally. She was the co-chair of the Pride network, during which HSBC moved from 316th place on the Stonewall index to 94th – the biggest jump in the charity’s history. They now sit at 70th place. She was shortlisted for Corporate Rising Star by the British LGBT awards in 2015 and 2016. She also developed and launched HSBC’s new workplace adjustments process to ensure employees received the adjustments they needed in a timely manner so that they were working, not waiting.

She is currently focusing on seizing the opportunity of HSBC’s head office move to Birmingham to create a more inclusive bank for all colleagues and customers. This includes activities relating to HSBC’s publicly pledged aspirational target of 50/50 gender split for senior manager roles in Birmingham.

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Mark Gossington
PwC - Financial Services Risk & Regulatory practice

Mark is a Partner in PwC’s UK Financial Services Risk & Regulatory practice. He plays a key role as one of the leading sponsor Partners for GLEE@PwC, PwC UK’s LGBT+ inclusive business network, which is open to everyone. He featured in the 2015 Financial Times OUTstanding Leading LGBT Executives Top 100, 2016 Telegraph Out at Work Executives Top 50 and 2016 Guardian Pride Power List. He has been nominated for the European and National Diversity Awards and WearetheCity Rising Stars Champion in 2016. His team won the Women in Compliance Awards 2016 and he also supports the HeforShe initiative.

In addition to his risk work, Mark also advises Financial Services clients on diversity and inclusion issues. He is one of our founding Partners of our internal Diversity Mentoring Programme, sponsoring a gay graduate and a female high potential future leader on their career progression.

He is a Member of PwC’s Global LGBT+ Board, working to shape their global approach and strategy for LGBT staff around the PwC Global Network. He was instrumental in pushing for gender transition to be successfully covered by PwC’s private medical cover in 2016.

Mark is a Stonewall Ambassador, Purple Circle Sponsor of The Albert Kennedy Trust and is an Equality Champion for All Out. He is also on the Membership Committee for OUTstanding and supported the UPstanding initiative. He leads the relationship with Out Leadership and Open for Business. Recently Mark secured PwC UK sponsorship for Pride in London 2017 for the first time. He also actively promotes LGBT+ rights through social media, advertising and external PR. He established and promotes the UK’s first LGBT+ Leaders and Advocates Social Media Powerlist which recognises the most inspiring social media accounts and now has over 300 members. Mark has supported various external advertising campaigns in London Pride supplement, Guardian, Telegraph and the Financial Times. He also recently agreed that PwC UK would partner with myGwork to increase focus on LGBT+ recruitment and networking.

Marjorie Strachan
Head of Inclusion
Royal Bank of Scotland

Marjorie has 25 years experience of working cross industry in people, change and organisational development roles. She is one of the awards’ long-standing supporters and a straight ally.

Following a variety of line management roles, predominantly in financial services and utilities, Marjorie spent five years running an internet services business before joining Accenture as an Executive in their Talent & Organisational Performance Practice. During her time there, Marjorie led the Change Management Practice for Accenture’s UK Financial Services client group and had responsibility for all Human Capital consulting across Capital Markets in the UK and across all industry groups in Scotland.

Marjorie re-joined RBS as a COO for HR in 2011. She now has responsibility for RBS’ culture and inclusion agendas, having led the work on identifying people and organisational impacts from industry and regulatory reform.

Specialising in organisational effectiveness and performance optimisation, Marjorie has degrees in Industrial Psychology and Business Administration from The University of Strathclyde and has qualifications in Human Resource Management and Culture from Napier University and The University of Harvard. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Outside of work, Marjorie is married with two daughters and a baby son.

Hannah Winterbourne: Soldier who has become Army's first transgender officer, Captain Hannah Winterbourne, 27, who is in charge of 100 soldiers, decided to become a woman while serving in Afghanistan and began her transition in 2013.Hannah is in charge of over 100 soldiers as an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and is the highest ranking trans soldier in the British Army.
Captain Hannah Winterbourne is the senior transgender representative on the Army’s LGBT committee.  From the start, Hannah has been a vocal and visible role model for other transgender soldiers and her recent engagement in media projects (including the ‘all about trans’ video series, an interview in The Sun and appearance on the Lorraine Show) has allowed her to extend her influence to a much broader audience.  Hannah does not seek media attention for her own benefit – but in order to be a beacon of hope for others.  She provides personal advice and support to other serving transgender personnel – her positive impact on their self-confidence is visible after a single meeting.  She volunteers to conduct training and myth-busting with Army units to assist other soldiers in their transition and is happy to challenge, and hold to account, the Army’s senior hierarchy to ensure that policies are for purpose.  As well as working tirelessly for military personnel, Hannah actively supports the Mermaids charity for transgender children.  Hannah has done all of this while continuing to excel in her Army career – deploying overseas and completing a competitive career course.  Hannah’s determination to take the lead in this area, in order to allow others to concentrate on just being good soldiers, makes her a truly inspirational role model.
Captain Hannah Winterbourne
Officer and Transgender Representative
British Army

Hannah is a Captain in the British Army. She commissioned in 2010 and since that time has commanded soldiers across the world including in Germany, Canada, Kenya and Afghanistan.

Hannah is also a transgender woman whose personal story of transition captured the imagination of the nation in 2015. A true advocate for equality, she used her public profile to promote a realistic portrayal of transgender individuals in the UK, becoming an inspiration to many. Hannah is an officer serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the British Army. As the Army’s most senior transgender officer, she also acts as the the official Transgender Representative.

Outside the Army she acts as Patron for the charity Mermaids and is an ambassador for LGBT Sport in Wales. Her work in diversity has won her various accolades including Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year and one of our very own LGBT Awards.



Bisi Alimi

Bisi Alimi is a passionate public speaker, policy analyst, television pundit, campaigner and Vblogger.

His expertise on Social Justice ranges from Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Race and Race Relations, Feminism, Education and Poverty Alleviation.

His TEDx talk, “There should never be another Ibrahim” has been listed as one of the 14 most inspiring QUEER TEDtalk of all time, his talk at the Aspen Ideas festival left the audience asking for more. Alimi gave the closing speech at a Daily Beast event hosted at the New York Public Library titled, “I am Bisi Alimi and I am not a victim.”

The Development Cost of Homophobia” is his most successful article that was translated into over 15 languages globally. His most recent article for the Guardian: “If you say being gay is not African, you don’t know your history” has gone on to great review and cited in many news article globally.

He consults for World Bank on Economic impact of Homophobia and serves on the Bank advisory board on SOGI. He was a 2014 New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute. Listed 19 most important LGBT person in UK 2015 and was named 77 on the World Pride Power List 2014. He is the founder and Director of Bisi Alimi Foundation.

Paul Martin
Chief Executive
LGBT Foundation

Paul Martin OBE is Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, a nationally significant charity with a history dating back 38 years. The charity serves over 40,000 LGBT people a year and runs a range of vital services and campaigns.

Paul has been actively involved in the LGB Community for over 25 years. Formerly Deputy Chair of NHS Manchester, Paul is also Chair of ‘The National LGB&T Partnership’ which is a network of English LGB&T service delivery organisations. In 2016, LGBT Foundation won the Charity of the Year Award at the British LGBT Awards.

Paul was awarded an OBE in 2011. He is happily married to his husband Pete and lives in Chorlton, Manchester with their doggie, Barney.


Jake Graf

Jake Graf is an award winning British director, writer and actor, and an active member of the transgender community, speaking internationally on trans representation in film and media.

He is also a patron of the Mermaids Charity.
Jake’s films ‘XWHY’, ‘Brace’, ‘Chance’, ‘Dawn’, ‘Dusk’ and ‘Headspace’ have screened internationally, and are used as educational tools in universities, media events, and hospitals worldwide.

Jake’s latest film, ‘Dusk’, starring Duncan James, premiered in April. He has just written and starred in 8 part web series ‘Spectrum’, stars in LGBT drama series ‘Different For Girls’, and is about to take on his second feature film role.

Rose & Rosie

Rose and Rosie fell in love in 2011 and shared their journey to marriage and beyond with the world on YouTube.

Since getting married in 2015 and winning the British LGBT Award for Celebrity Rising Star, the comedy duo have taken their lack of boundaries on tour, promoting a positive message of acceptance whilst encouraging their audience to dream big and stay true to themselves.

Their honesty and openness about their relationship continues to inspire the LGBT+ community as they tackle serious issues on YouTube, whilst wrapping them in light hearted comedic banter.

They continue to be role models for LGBT+ youth and recently won Entertainment Personality of the Year at the Diva 250 Awards.


Ben Summerskill
Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance

Ben Summerskill is Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance, a coalition of 120 charities working across the criminal justice pathway. From 2003-2014 he was Chief Executive of Stonewall and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 British LGBT Awards.

He was previously a Fleet Street journalist, latterly as Assistant Editor and Chief Leader Writer at the Observer. His first career was in hospitality; at 25 he was Operations Director of a bespoke London restaurants business responsible for serving 14,000 meals a week. Ben is also a Council member of ACAS and a trustee of The Silver Line.