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 2018, Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life will return before a judging panel. Scroll down to find out more about our judges.

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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.

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Brian Ashmead-Siers
Partner at PwC

Brian is relatively new to PwC, having joined just over a year ago. During that time he’s made quite an impact. As a Partner, he leads a team of Global Mobility (“One GM”) tax specialists in Birmingham, but is also equally focused on creating digital solutions for the national One GM practice. He is developing a major new proposition and is also leading the charge for enhancing PwC’s One GM technology globally.

Despite his busy workload, Brian has quickly established himself as the new Partner Sponsor for GLEE (PwC’s LGBT+ network). He is an openly gay Partner, not afraid to stand up and advocate all LGBT+ issues, acting as a new key role model for PwC. Brian is particularly passionate about advocating those issues regionally and is cofounder of The Alliance Network – a professional LGBT+ network in Birmingham. This is growing from strength to strength currently with over 400 members, regularly hosting key events to promote LGBT equality in the workplace, particularly with a focus on key regional issues where there is often less critical mass in relation to “out” LGBT+ individuals.

In addition, Brian is also leading the charge in reaching out to the rest of PwC’s Partner and Director team to attract more leadership ambassadors, as well as then consulting with The Alliance Network membership to promote best practice in attracting more “straight allies” regionally. Brian is also a mentor and sounding board for many of the more junior LGBT+ team members and also LGBT personnel at other corporations.

Brian has been with his partner Nick for 17 years and they enjoy life in the Worcestershire countryside. They also like to travel extensively and have just embarked on a new project in Spain where hopefully they will get time to relax (once it is built!).

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.

Fiona Daniel
Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Fiona is Head of Diversity and Inclusion for HSBC with extensive experience in the Financial Services Industry, HR, and Learning & Talent Development. She has been with HSBC since 1997 after joining on a five year management trainee programme and defying the odds by receiving her first management position, three years into the program.

She is passionate about the progression of all individuals, and specialises in supporting the progression and development of BAME professionals in the workplace be that in the private, voluntary or public sector. She advocates for more sponsorship behaviours to be demonstrated to BAME professionals and actively mentors many professionals in and out of HSBC giving them access to her large network, expertise and her own style of inspiration and motivation to effectively help others reach their full potential.

Fiona is the founder of the BAME Network at HSBC, called the Embrace Network established in 2012. No one will argue that she has been integral to putting the race and ethnicity on the strategic agenda for HSBC. Fiona’s focus on this agenda led to HSBC achieving silver status in the race BITC Benchmark in 2015. BAME inclusion is continuing to develop under her leadership, passion, and dedication. She is described by many as “one to watch” and she has recently been highlighted as a mover and shaker in Precious, a magazine for women of colour.

Fiona is leading the way in being a proactive black female role model opening the door to allow others to follow. She is a highly sought after thought leader and contributor with many organisations for BAME inclusion, and is open to sharing her creativity, ideas and solutions to make impactful change and is often described as a game changer in diversity and inclusion, and BAME inclusion in overall.

Samantha Nelson
Vice President, Risk Engineer, Global Energy Practice
Marsh (MMC)

Vice President, Risk Engineer in the Global Energy Practice of Marsh (MMC), Global Co-Chair of Pride@MMC and also an Executive director of Trans*formation UK, a community group which undertake activities to end discrimination and promote the welfare of Trans* and non-binary people.

Passionate about human rights and inclusion of all aspects of diversity, her visibility and unquestionable passion for engagement is constantly displayed during her client-facing engineering survey work undertaken globally. Visiting offices and offshore oil platforms around the world, in places such as South America, Africa, India, Middle East and the Far East, including many countries where LGBT rights are limited and visibility is low.

A regular speaker at events as an advocate not just for Trans* inclusion but as a champion of all elements of diversity, she also developed the concept of the Marsh & McLennan Companies #InThisTogether  annual event, focused on diversity, race, disability, and mental health.

Featured in publications for the 21st International AIDS Conference.

Awarded the British LGBT awards 2017 UK Diversity Champion title.

Highly commended at European Diversity Champion at the 2017 European Diversity Awards.

Listed at #32 in the Financial Times top 50 future leaders 2017.

Featured in the top ten Diversity Champions – Global Diversity list 2017.

Daisy Reeves

Daisy is a Banking partner at international law firm BLP. She specialises in Finance law, particularly cross-border global financings and restructurings.

Daisy is also one of the most senior ‘out’ gay female lawyers in the UK, and is BLP’s International LGBT+ Champion driving the LGBT+ agenda globally. She is co-chair of the LGBT+ network group, established over a decade ago and spearheaded the award-winning LGBT+ Legal graduate recruitment event, ‘DiversCity’ and cross-sector event ‘AuthentiCity’.

Daisy is also a founding ambassador of the ‘LBWomen’ initiative which looks to address the lack of senior lesbian and bi women in business.

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.

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Andi is a previous winner of the LGBT Inspirational Role Model Award and she has over 30 years corporate experience, working at senior levels.

She now draws on that practical knowledge and background as a leadership development consultant. She is an engaging and pragmatic coach, facilitator and inspirational speaker with particular expertise in the area of Inclusive Leadership.

Andi now enjoys a portfolio career including 2 Advisory Board positions, judging roles, senior associate work and running her own business, That’s Andi with an i.

That’s Andi with an i sees Andi employing her experience and skills to deliver inspiring results through business consulting, key note speaking and leadership coaching & facilitation. She focuses on strategic and sustainable solutions to improve business and individual performance.

Andi is a subject matter expert on Talent Management and Inclusive Leadership with a particular emphasis on Gender Diversity and LGBT. She appeared on the BBC2 programme Women at the Top, live CNBC news and documentary Out With the Family.

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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.