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Belton is a Director in Protiviti’s Technology consulting practice where he founded the UK Pride network. Under his leadership, the network hosts D&I events at the Shard and recently won best LGBT+ initiative by the Inclusive Tech Alliance. He volunteers with Pride in London, where he serves as Head of Pride in the City – a Mayor backed initiative he founded in 2017 focused on increasing D&I within businesses. Belton is a TLC Lion, a Radius Employee Network Leadership Program graduate, has moderated at the Telegraph’s D&I conference and attended an event at No.10 for his efforts in the D&I space.
Clare is Deputy Chair of Barclays Spectrum, Barclays LGBT network and an aspiring role model in the D&I space, alongside her day job as Head of UK Corporate for Barclaycard Payment Solutions. Clare has been keen to make an impact in championing D&I both internally and externally encouraging companies and individuals to embrace diversity. Recently Clare led on the joint Barclays / EY Bi-inclusion interactive event that brought together a large number of global Corporate D&I Leaders, to pledge and define an approach on how to drive bi-inclusion in the workplace, starting a wider discussion on this important topic.
David Levine is Vice President, Kids Programming, Disney Channels Europe and Africa/UK & Ireland, responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of kids programming across all platforms. David commissions all originally produced content, acquisitions and co-productions for Disney kids platforms, including The Lodge, featuring Disney Channel’s first LGBT+ character.
David oversees programming strategy for pan-regional Disney Junior and Disney XD, reaching over 110 countries and 70 million households. David serves as an Executive Sponsor of the Pride UK&I BRG for Disney’s LGBT+ employees, been an OUTStanding Top 100 LGBT+ Executive from 2017-2019, and serves as a Trustee for anti-bullying charity ‘Ditch the Label.’
ALLEN & OVERY
David leads Allen & Overy’s global Intellectual Property practice. Throughout his career, he has striven to break down barriers and to inspire others, as an openly gay lawyer and now as one of few openly gay Deputy High Court Judges. Whilst maintaining a stellar legal career with a roster of international clients, David has worked tirelessly to set up and drive key LGBT+ firm and industry initiatives, mentoring colleagues and speaking widely about his experiences. He is a sponsor and active member of A&Out, A&O’s global LGBT+ network, and leads an initiative to help improve barrister diversity and inclusion.
As exemplary role model in the LGBT+ community and well regarded Advertising powerhouse, Holly has helped to re-define what it means to be a proud, outspoken and female in today’s business landscape.
Holly spent her early career carving her name into the UK’s Digital landscape and working with global brands to ensure all communities have a voice which earnt her the top 30 under 30 award from The Drum Magazine.
As a constant advocate for the LGBT+ community, Holly has used her leverage at two of the largest Tech platforms in the world to lead, shape and engage the future generations of LGBT+ leaders.
Jerry is a leader in the global marketing industry and GSK Consumer Healthcare’s EMEA media director. Previously he worked at Diageo where he led their internal Rainbow Network and supported brands like Smirnoff in working directly with the LGBT community. Through ISBA and as Commercial Director of Outvertising he’s making the wider UK ad industry more welcoming and representative, both internally and in terms of the content it produces. He has also used his influence at global marketing events, and even the UN Human Rights Council, to highlight how advertisers can accidentally fund hate speech or cut out diverse media titles.
Joana leads the Product Strategy & Operations EMEA team at Google, working on product activation for the Ads Business. She also leads Google’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group in the Region, representing more than 800 Googlers across 20+ countries.
Prior to joining Google Joana was a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and worked in M&A at JPMorgan. Joana has lived and worked in 7 countries in the last 10 years, including the US, Brazil, the UK and Mozambique.
Joana has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Business from Nova University, Portugal. She lives in London with her wife Ines and is a passionate traveller.
John (he/him) is sponsor of the Sainsbury’s and Argos LGBT+ Colleague Network, the UK’s most active colleague network, attending 43 Prides in 2019. John advocates internationally for the community, recently supporting the launch of a LGBT+ network in Bengaluru, India. Passionate about creating LGBT+ inclusive workplaces in the UK Tech sector, John established an industry group to share best practices. A keynote speaker on his own coming out story, John now directs his energy into advancing trans and non-binary inclusion, as embodied in the ‘Trans Pride’ room at Sainsbury’s London HQ, plus BAME and gender balance in the tech sector.
Alongside leading BT’s IT organisation, Rachel is a passionate advocate of equality and inclusion in everything she does. Over the past 2 years her team has inspired 5,500 colleagues to embrace inclusive design. She leads BT’s award-winning TechWomen programme that has helped 1,895 women reach their potential by building courage, capability and collaboration. Working alongside our employee-led Pride Network, Rachel acts as a mentor, guide and champion of all the work the network does and ensures BT includes the LGBTQI+ community and champions their rights, welfare and agenda within the business. Rachel believes in the power of art to transform society and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of FACT, a charity dedicated to using arts and technology to solve social issues including providing a new voice to the LGBTQI+ community.
WOODSFORD LITIGATION FUNDING
Steven Friel is CEO at global finance business Woodsford Litigation Funding. He has spearheaded his business’s financial support to the Australian Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s campaign for equal marriage, and to the New York Legal Aid Group, a leader in LGBT+ issues. Steven is Chairman of the Cambridge University LGBT+ Alumni Association, and a supporter of the University’s initiative to promote research, outreach and networking related to queer, trans and sexuality studies. Steven is the co-founder of P3, a non-profit that supports thousands of LGBT+ families.