Top 10 Diversity Heroes 2021

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This category is judged based on evidence provided according to the British LGBT Awards criteria.



Anthony is a Squad Lead at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, with a mission to help people live healthier lives, every day. He is also the co-founder of Open&Out UK, part of J&J’s global network of LGBT+ colleagues and allies, recognised as a British LGBT Awards Top 10 Network in 2019 and 2020. Passionate to make a difference, Anthony has forged the way in building more inclusive workplace policies, delivering ally empowerment workshops and leading inspiring events, including a virtual ‘Pride Series’ in 2020 which sparked important, intersectional conversations. He also brought J&J’s CARE WITH PRIDE® campaign to the UK; an initiative championing the LGBT+ community through brand partnerships, volunteering and charity donations.



Chris is a Senior Economist at Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator, and Co-Chair of Build Together, the organisation’s LGBT+ employees’ network. Working with a fantastic group of colleagues, Chris led the transformation of the LGBT+ and allies’ networks into a bigger, better and more ambitious network for Homes England’s 1,400 employees, emphasising all LGBT+ identities and our intersectionality. A vocal advocate for the network, Chris strives to put the agency at the forefront of LGBT+ inclusion across the housing sector, including through showcasing learning and best practice from partners to a wide audience of LGBT+ people and allies.



Clare is Co-Chair of Spectrum, Barclays LGBT+ network and an aspiring role model in the D&I space, alongside her day job as Senior Product Manager for Barclays Payments. With physical Pride events cancelled for 2020, Spectrum worked to deliver a series of virtual experience events. Clare was asked to be the external face of the ‘L’ for Barclays Pride inside campaign and hosted an internal event with senior leaders about the importance of bringing your whole self to work. Clare is keen to make an impact in championing D&I both internally and externally encouraging companies and individuals to embrace diversity.



Deon is the Head of Marketing operations at Legal and General Investments and the Co-founder of InterInvest, a free network of investment professionals driving LGBT+ equality. He is passionate about Diversity, equity and inclusion, using his many platforms and personal experiences to surface LGBT+ issues for people of colour. An active ally, role model, panellist and keynote, who has been widely recognised for his contribution to driving an inclusive culture in the asset management industry. Co-Chair of the L&GBT+ allies network, steerco member of the Diversity Project’s LGBT+ stream, supporter of pride in the city, talk about black, investment 20/20 and Queer Britain.



Filipe is Leader of the UK/EU Consulting Practice for Energy/Utilities at TATA Consultancy Services. Over his 15 years of experience at the intersection of digital and energy, he managed to play a leadership role in diversity initiatives. He’s founder/Chair of TCS Qolors (LGBT+ Ally network, +400 members), founding-member of the TCS Mental Health Network and a mentor to LGBT victims of bullying/crime. Notable achievements:

• Co-founded TATA UK LGBT+ Coalition, Art of Being Out Event (for LGBT+ anti-violence) and World Energy Council Future Leaders Programme (to foster diversity)

• 2019 OUTstanding Top 100 Role Model LGBT+ Executives

• 2020 TOP10 Alumni Magazine at Hult Business School



Lisa advocates for LGBT+ equality alongside wider aspects of inclusion intersectionality and authentic leadership. Lisa works with others to challenge to bring change, speaking at events and supporting individuals and organisations to be more LGBT+ inclusive. Since joining the Coal Authority she has transformed their approach to people and customer with inclusion at its heart.

Lisa was awarded an MBE for her diversity and inclusion work in 2014. She served on Stonewall UK Board 2012-2018 and is currently Chair of Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust and a member of HMP Stafford Diversity Scrutiny Panel.



Lynne champions LGBT+ visibility and inclusion throughout the social housing sector, co-chairing Clarion Housing Group’s LGBT+ Staff Network, the steering group for cross sector network HouseProud, and as Vice Chair of Watmos HA board.

An intersectional approach has enabled Lynne to promote cross-working between Clarion’s staff diversity networks, resulting in combined campaigns, strategies, and policy reviews.

Through mentoring she has helped form and support numerous diversity networks in multiple sectors. Lynne is passionate about inclusive education, speaking about bisexuality and faith for Diversity Role Models. As Chair of Trustees for Schools OUT UK, she has helped further the reach of LGBT+ History Month. She is a global OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders 2020.



Scarlet-Marie is a governance administrator and co-lead of the Allianz Pride Network. She’s always been an advocate for Diversity and inclusion Transitioning during the pandemic inspired her to take an even more active role; becoming Allianz Insurance’s first ever Transgender Ambassador. She’s worked with HR to create a transitioning support policy, launched awareness events, introduced gender neutral toilets and pioneered transgender awareness globally.

Her blogs offers the opportunity to follow her journey. She’s spoken at events and raised awareness externally with interviews ranging from DiversityQ to the Chartered Insurance Institute. She inspires change so others can live being authentically themselves.



Scott joined Dentsu in January 2017. He dedicates his time to equipping the next generation of talent with the skills they will need to thrive in the digital economy, creating more diversified leadership, and transforming the role of brands in society. A neurodivergent champion for neurodiversity, he is passionate about intersectionality, psychological safety, and sustainability.

Scott co-Chairs the Wellbeing Committee, is on the Steerco of the &Proud LGBTQ+ Network, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, founded and facilitates dentsu’s Mindfulness Mondays, is a Board member of the IPA’s Creative Pioneers, and an Ambassador for NABS, the industry’s wellbeing charity partner.



Steve works for children’s charity the NSPCC. He took over as Chair of the organisation’s LGBTQ+ network, PINCC, in 2019 at a difficult time for the organisation when staff morale was low. Since, Steve has revitalised the PINCC network and has advocated for the interests of LGBTQ+ children and young people in organisational policy and communications. He has initiated monthly learning sessions for staff, the ABC of LGBT(Q+) and has led the organisation’s internal and external activity for Pride and LGBT+ History Month. As a member of the EDI Steering Group he has helped shape the organisation’s EDI strategy.