Judging Panel 2024

As in previous years, the judging panels will come together to go through Top 12 submissions and decide on the winner for each category. We have chosen judging panels of business and community leaders who are invested in their workplace and also the wider LGBTQ+ community. The Judging Panels will judge ‘Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ+ Life’, ‘Brand or Marketing Campaign’, and the Business categories (listed below). 
 
For 2024, the process for determining the Top 12s in the Consumer and Celebrity Category has been streamlined. Previously, the Top 12s were based on the number of nominations, followed by public voting, which meant votes were effectively counted twice. This year, we have simplified the process by combining nominations and voting into one step. The shortlist and winners will now be based solely on the number of nominations received. The Top 12s will be announced on the morning of the ceremony, with the winner revealed during the event as usual. 

 

Categories are:

Business Categories

  • Future Leader
  • Inspirational Leader
  • Business Ally
  • Diversity Hero
  • LGBT+ Trailblazer
  • Network Group or ERG
  • Inclusive Employer or Company

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

Business Category Judges

Judging Panel

Alex Matthews (HSBC)

Alex Matthews

HSBC Bank

 
Alex has worked in internal audit functions for the majority of his career, joining HSBC as a Senior Audit Manager in 2021. He is incredibly passionate about working with senior leaders and his peers to drive meaningful change for colleagues across the bank. Notably, since 2023, he has led on delivering the audit function’s inclusion strategy and also became co-chair of HSBC’s award-winning Pride ERG.
Under his leadership, the ERG has implemented a new strategy focusing on fostering a stronger sense of community for LGBTQ+ colleagues, championing inclusive products and processes, and making education and awareness content truly accessible for all colleagues. This has led to a number of key successes in a short period of time, including the launch of protected support groups for trans and non-binary colleagues, and parents and guardians of LGBTQ+ youth.
Outside of work, Alex lives with his partner and their dog, Pippin, in London. He is also a trustee for a small mental health charity in Greenwich.

Bobbi Pickard

Trans in the City

Bobbi Pickard is a DE&I professional with many years of senior operational and programme management experience in the banking, trading, technology and energy sectors.

She is CEO of Trans in the City, an organisation she founded in response to seeing a lack of co-operative working between global corporates to help the trans and non-binary community, and has transformed it into a global organisation with more than 350 major organisations collaborating on furthering trans awareness across the world.

Extremely active in all areas of diversity, Bobbi speaks at many events around the world on LGBTQ+ inclusion in business, trans issues and diversity and inclusion in industry. She is in demand on radio, TV and other online mediums. Bobbi is a Patron of FFLAG, a very proud golden champion of Stonewall Housing, an EDI Associate of the Wellcome Trust and a Diversity Role Model.

She is the first trans person ever to close the London Stock Exchange, was voted #1 in the Yahoo Finance OUTstanding 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders’ List 2019 and was included in the PWC Stonewall 50 Inspirational Role Models 2019. She won the Rainbow Honours LGBTQ Champion Award 2019, the Nestle Diversity Champion Award at the 2020 British LGBT Awards, placed #14 in the Pride Power List 2020 and was a business nominee in the 2021 Diva Awards. In addition, she won the Diversity Hero Award at the European Diversity Awards 2021 and was awarded Changemaker of the Year 2022 by Stonewall. Bobbi has raised more than £450,000 for LGBTQ+ charities in the last five years.

After very many years when she struggled to stay alive she now finds such joy in life. That joy does not extend to tomatoes, aniseed or sultanas. She plays guitar, bass and sings, enjoys painting, has two grown-up children and lives in Wiltshire.

Darsheta Maini

Darsheta Maini

Legal & General

With 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, Darsheta (Dee) is currently the Group Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Partner at Legal & General. Her passion lies in driving meaningful change in organisations to recognise the strength that diversity brings, fostering an environment where everyone can realise their ambitions and achieve their career aspirations. With a keen focus on promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, Dee’s collaborative approach engages stakeholders to create strategies that empower individuals and enhance organisational culture. Her commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace extends beyond policy implementation; it’s about transforming mindsets and ensuring that every voice is heard.

Fabio Peyer

Morningstar Indexes

With more than a decade of financial services experience, Fabio is a marketing director for Morningstar Indexes. He is a passionate DEI advocate and spokesperson, having implemented Morningstar’s initial DEI programme, and champions a team of regional DEI leads. Upon launching Morningstar’s LGBTQ+ ERG, Fabio was able to create a safe space by hosting both confidential and public sessions aiding peers on being out at work.

Fabio’s determination to progress change for the LGBTQ+ community has led to him spearheading the investment industry’s first-ever LGBTQ+ values-aligned investment vehicle. Fabio’s efforts have received industry recognition: he was awarded a place in the Top 10 Future Leaders 2022 by the British LGBT Awards, named a Top 100 Gamechangers 2022 by LGBT Great, won PIMFA’s Overall D&I Champion Award in 2021 and was named a Diversity Rising Star in Asset Management by Investment Week in 2020.

Fabio Peyer (Morningstar)
Harry Walton (Macquarie)

Harry Walton

Macquarie Group Limited

Harry is a Futures Client Solutions Manager at Macquarie. He joined Macquarie is 2018, with his role involving managing a portfolio of clients who execute and clear commodities and derivatives markets.

Outside of futures, Harry is the co-chair of Macquarie Pride EMEA – the LGBTQ+ Employee Network Group, a role he has been doing for four years. His leadership of the ENG contributed to Macquarie being named as the UK’s No.1 Employer in the UK in 2022 for LGBTQ+ people in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, with the ENG being awarded Highly Commended Network Group for the fourth year in a row.

Harry has also been listed as a Top 100 Gamechanger by LGBT Great, was a Top 10 Diversity Hero at the 2023 British LGBT Awards and is nominated in the Corporate LGBTQ+ Champion category at the 2024 Bank of London Rainbow Honours.

Kelvin Anderson

TESCO

Kelvin started working for Tesco in 2007, initially in-store before moving to the head office in 2013. Since then he has worked in finance and group auditing before moving to business support as a lead manager, where he has helped turn the stock-taking team into one of the largest in global retail.

Kelvin became the chair of the award-winning LGBTQ+ at Tesco network this year, which has more than 2,000 members across the UK. He is passionate about being better tomorrow than yesterday, which aligns with Tesco’s core purpose of serving customers, communities and planet a little better every day. Kelvin lives in Flitwick with his partner Robert and their many pets.

He is excited and proud about joining the judging panel for the British LGBT Awards so he can help recognise the significant contributions being made to our wonderful, vibrant community.

Kelvin Anderson (Tesco)
Rimi Bassi (National Grid)

Rimi Bassi

National Grid

Rimi is currently the interim Head of UK DEI for National Grid and a former chair of WiNG, National Grid’s women’s ERG, where she ensured WiNG continued to champion gender equity. Rimi is passionate about wellbeing and inclusion and co-created an interest group supporting individuals struggling to balance work and family commitments as well as enhancing some of National Grid’s policies to make them more inclusive.

Rimi has worked at National Grid for 15+ years in a variety of roles. During this time, she has supported many colleagues through various programmes in the organisation, offering both direction and coaching. Her dedication was acknowledged in 2022, when she won the Rising Star Awards in the energy and utilities category. The award showcases female talent and encourages organisations to recognise female leaders of tomorrow. She continues working towards her goal of fostering greater inclusivity at National Grid and beyond.

Ryan Sargent
Arcadis

Ryan began his career with Arcadis back in 2018, initially working as a Land Referencing Researcher within a major infrastructure project before becoming an Assistant Project Manager in the company’s environmental business unit, Resilience.

Alongside joining as a member in the company’s LGBT+ affinity group “PRIDE”, he also collaborated with and joined his external client National Highways’ network “Rainbow Roads” with the aim of sharing diverse perspectives and ideas industry wide in construction and engineering. Ryan became the lead for PRIDE for Arcadis in the UK and Ireland in 2023 with the passion to further advocate for inclusion and equity on behalf of queer colleagues and on-site workers and contractors.

In the build up to Ryan stepping into the chair role, he used initiative to co-create an inclusive environment for his team and business unit, setting up and co-chairing a safe space for LGBT+ colleagues within Resilience.

Sarah Rench

Avanade

Sarah Rench is the Global Generative AI Security Director and European Security Lead in the ICOE at Avanade, where she designs, builds and manages teams to build generative AI security systems. She promotes DE&I in everything she does and through her various roles including being European Executive Sponsor of Prism Avanade’s LGBTQ+ network, an Interbank Committee member and Vice Chair of British Computer Society Pride network. She is also the founder of DiverseCxO, which empowers social equity through getting C-suites and those in senior positions to gift their time through volunteering in mentorship, sponsorship and charity work to drive a better workplace and society.

She frequently presents in the House of Commons on AI, cyber security and the importance of DE&I, and was previously a board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI (AI APPG). Sarah actively encourages women, LGBTQ+ people and other minority groups to get into AI and security/STEM through her work on the executive boards listed above, but also historically through DevelopHer & Bayes Global Women’s Leaders Programme (which provided scholarships to high education). Sarah has also won various awards: she was a Top 10 British LGBTQ+ Award Inspirational Role Model, won an Avanade CEO Excellence I&D Award 2020, appears on UK’s Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech list over numerous years, and was a Data Leader 2019 and Twenty Women in Data Winner.

Marianna Ceccotti

KPMG

Mariana is a passionate and ground-breaking leader. She is an economist at KPMG UK and the co-chair of the LGBT+ Network (Breathe). She reinvigorated the network to focus on grassroots activism and intersectionality. She was awarded 2023 Inspirational Leader by the British LGBT+ awards for her authentic leadership, openly sharing her story of being LGBT+ in Brazil and empowering colleagues and clients to challenge themselves and take action to promote LGBT+ inclusion globally. Additionally, she was a keynote speaker in the 2023 civil service Inclusive leadership conference, hosted by four government departments on “Intersectionality – Race & LGBT+”.

This gathered permanent secretaries and other senior leaders in government to talk about the importance of inclusion and set actions on how the civil service can better support LGBT+ people. Additionally, Mariana has had a strong presence in the community by arranging fundraisers and sponsoring charities such as African Rainbow Family and THT.

Mariana Ceccotti (KPMG)

Terrence Guiamo

Just Eat Takeway.com

As an advocate of Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging, Terence Guiamo is committed to anchor the themes in organisations at all levels. With experience as Head of Inclusion & Diversity at PwC, Chair of the Agora Network ( a nation wide network in the Netherlands to support cultural diversity) and currently the Global Director Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging at Just Eat Takeway.com, creating dialogues between people and supporting them to see different perspectives is at the core of his purpose: “Inclusion is a prerequisite for organisational growth and success, and I strongly believe that we can only create this inclusive culture by being connected to each other and are able to step more into each other’s world.

Please enquire if you would like to receive more information on judging criteria or the nomination process. The Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life category will return before a judging panel as well as Brand or Marketing Campaign, which has moved from a public vote to official judging.