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
Executive Vice President - Customer
Virgin Atlantic

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!).

Sue Baines
Director – Barclays Bank
Demonstrated commitment LGBTQ+ inclusion, and citizenship across the 3rd sector and in her co-chair role of Spectrum, Barclays LGBT employee network. In her day job she has 27 years working within Financial Services and has a strong control and governance background which is essential in delivering best outcomes for customers, shareholders, and company. She is also one of two Mums to 14 year old twins, and a role model in speaking about the value in difference, and how there are many different types of family and love. As an openly-out Leader, she provides proof to LGBT individuals that Barclays enables fulfilling careers for diverse talent.
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
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Daisy is a partner specialising in Banking law at international law firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

She is one of the most senior ‘out’ gay female lawyers in the UK and is BCLP’s International LGBT* Champion across all of BCLP’s overseas offices, driving the LGBT* agenda globally.

BCLP ranked number 7 in this year’s Stonewall Work Equality Index.

In terms of the LGBT* workplace outside BCLP, Daisy spearheaded the award-winning LGBT* Legal graduate recruitment event, ‘DiversCity’, now in its eighth year and participated by 15 City law firms. Its mentoring scheme has encouraged over 600 LGBT* students to apply to participating firms.

Daisy then went on to develop ‘AuthentiCity’, a first-of-its-kind cross-sector event for LGBT* students and apprentices who are interested in a career in the City of London, giving them hands-on advice about different career paths (including law) as well as reflecting that the City is, for the most part, no longer a draconian place to work for LGBT* individuals. BCLP then partnered with JP Morgan, KPMG, Aviva, M&G and JLL in this, now annual, initiative.

In 2018, Daisy and BCLP have also partnered with Stonewall and the Solicitors Regulation Authority to develop a cross-firm mentoring project to help smaller law firms on their LGBT*-inclusion journey. Now all of Stonewall’s top 10 ranked law firms in the WEI are participating in this new initiative as mentor firms.

Daisy is a founding ambassador of the ‘LBWomen’ initiative addressing the issue that lesbian and bi women can often feel far more discriminated against in the workplace than their gay male counterparts, as reflected in the national questionnaire responded to by 1300 lesbian and bi women.

Daisy has been recognised for her LGBT* work, for example, most recently:

Financial Times with OutStanding – Daisy is listed at number 32 in the Top 100 LGBT* Executives.

British LGBT Awards – (i) in 2016 Daisy was shortlisted for LGBT* Diversity Champion at the 2016 British LGBT Awards and (ii) in 2017 she was listed as a Top Ten Vodafone LGBT* Diversity Champion.

Diva Awards 2017 – nominated for Inspirational Role Model for this lesbian and bi magazine.

European Diversity Awards 2016 – highly commended in the Abercrombie & Fitch Diversity Champion Award for her work around LGBT* issues.

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.

Impartial Chair: the impartial chair will mediate on judging disputes

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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Impartial Chair
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Rob Berkeley
Co-founder of BlackOut UK

Award-winning busybody, recovering academic and reformed social reformer, Rob Berkeley currently plies his trade advising the BBC on accountability. Impatient with injustice and exasperated by wasted potential, he volunteers on the boards of Baring Foundation, and Britdoc Foundation, has previously served on the boards of Stonewall, Equality and Diversity Forum and the Oxford Access Scheme, and been Chair of Naz Project (NPL) and BGMAG. He was Director of the Runnymede Trust 2009-14. Alongside his academic writing on education, social justice and community organizing, he has presented and co-produced short form documentaries, and written for The Guardian and The Independent on racial justice. His current obsession with innovations in media technology and their potential for social justice means that he watches a lot of TV/film and calls it ‘research’. Dr Berkeley was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.

He is also a co-founder of BlackOut UK, a not-for-profit social enterprise run and owned by a volunteer collective of black gay men.
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.

Tris Reid-Smith
Co-founder and Editor-in-chief of Gay Star News

Tris Reid-Smith is a journalist, the founder and editor of Gay Star News.
While studying psychology at Reading University he helped to edit the student newspaper. On graduating he spent a year travelling around the world, then worked at the Wokingham Times and Reading Evening Post. In 2000 he moved to London to work for the Pink Paper, becoming editor ten months later. In 2005 he arranged the sale of the Pink Paper to Millivres Prowler Group (MPG) and later became group editor-in-chief for MPG, in charge of GT and the group’s other publications.

Daniel Winterfeldt
Partner, US Securities, International Capital Markets and Diversity & Inclusion Senior Advisor, Reed Smith
Founder & Chair, InterLaw Diversity Forum, British LGBT Awards Ambassador

Daniel is a US securities partner in the Global Capital Markets at Reed Smith.  A US securities lawyer with over 19 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 founded the Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London ten years ago to address US securities issues in the London market across law firms, banks and intermediaries.

Daniel is also the founder and co-chair of the InterLaw Diversity Forum, with over 3,000 members and supports from over 70 law firms and 45 corporates and financial institutions, through which he has spearheaded the ground-breaking Career Progression Report in the Legal Sector, the Apollo Project supported by the FT to promote business cultural change, and the Purple Reign initiative highlighting LGBT and straight ally role models and multiple identities.  Both the Apollo Project and Purple Reign were shortlisted for the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards last year.

Daniel has been an active member and advocate for Stonewall and is a patron for the Albert Kennedy Trust who support homeless and at risk LGBT youth. He regularly encourages organisations to participate in the WEI and advises them on how to improve performance. Daniel was a member of the Equality & Diversity Committee at the Law Society of England & Wales for six years, and is a member of the Judicial Diversity Forum organised by the Judicial Appointments Commission.    Daniel has also consulted various organisations to help tailor their D&I programmes for cultural change and to address various strands of diversity and inclusion, as well as social mobility.  

Daniel was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013.