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Top 10 Exceptional Inclusion 2021

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

CLAIRE BRODY

Disney

Claire leads the implementation of The Walt Disney Company’s DE&I strategy across all business units and functions globally. She works with sincere intention and foster an inclusive, conscious culture by creating a sense of belonging and wellbeing for all employees, ensuring ideas, decisions, and perspectives from everyone are valued as an esteemed part of Disney’s pursuit to innovate, tell the best stories and connect with their beloved guests and audiences around the world.

CHRIS KENNA

Brand Advance

Christopher Kenna is CEO and Founder of Brand Advance Group, at Startups.co.uk top 100 company 2 years in a row, which connects brands with diverse audiences globally, through insights, Media and Creative that more authentically engages these communities – an entrepreneur who in 2 years has grown the group to over 100 staff in 5 countries and multi0million dollar turnover, ensuring that marketing revenue reaches the media, and events dedicated to all communities within society.

Christoper is a  member of the WFA Diversity Board, and as a mixed race, out gay father – he is a strong advocate for diversity and representations within media and advertising. He is also on the advisory board for the V&A Museums.

Christopher was recently awarded the Media Leader 2020 Judges award by Mediatel, named on EMPower’s 100 LGBT executives 2020 and EMPower’s 100 Ethnic Minority Executives 2020, plus awarded Innovator of the Year in the Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2019.

GEORGINA COURT

Clifford Chance

Georgie Court is the Global Inclusion Specialist at Clifford Chance and the UK LGBT+ affinity group co-chair. Since joining the network Georgie has worked to ensure the most unrepresented groups of people within the LGBT+ community, including trans, non-binary, women and LGBT people of colour are central to all activity. Introducing initiatives such as a Queer Film Club, virtual events to mark PRIDE, UK Black PRIDE, Trans Day of Visibility and lunch and learn sessions on a variety of topics with clients have all been key. Georgie is also a Reverse Mentor, a Mental Health First Aider and Inclusion Advocate.

GREG TURNER-SMART

Rolls-Royce

Born in Northumberland, Greg graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 before going on to achieve an MSc in Engineering Management. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2006 and has worked in multiple technical roles within the Civil aerospace sector. In 2015, Greg was instrumental in the launch of Prism, the Rolls-Royce LGBT+ employee network, which he has led ever since. Following the success he has overseen with Prism, and combined with his passion for diversity, inclusion and belonging, Greg accepted the role of Group inclusion and Diversity Lead in 2020, allowing him to support the global Rolls-Royce inclusion strategy.

GUILHERME ZARDO KLEIN

Phillip Morris International

Gui is a D&I leader who never ceases to challenge organisations to create spaces where everyone can have access to opportunities, chances and tools to thrive, and where people can bring their true, unique selves to work. at Phillip Morris, he has worked on creating ERGs in Brazil and Poland while playing an active role in global projects. Outside of work, Guid dedicates his time to empowering and boosting the careers of LGBTQ+ talents through inclusive mentoring programs, both in the UK at the University of Birmingham, and in Brazil, giving back to his home country.

GURCHATEN SANDHU

United Nation’s International Labour Organization

Gurchaten is President of UN-GLOBE, which represents LGBTIQ+ personnel across the UN. He is also a Non-Discrimination Programme Officer at the International Labour Organization. Gurchaten is a change maker and advocate for the rights of LGBTIQ+ people within the UN and beyond. He is committed to diversity and serves on the steering committee of the International Family Equality Day NGO, as a fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT forum, a Sarbat LGBT Sikhs volunteer, and as a trustee for We Create Space. Gurchaten has been recognised as an OUTStanding LGBT+ Role model three years in a row from 2018-2020 and as a Pride 365 Champion.

JESSICA WILLIAMS

Mace

Jess started at Mace in February 2012 as PA to the Deputy Chairman. During that time, she founded and chaired the LGBT+ network – Pride at Mace. The success of the network led to Jess being offered the role of Diversity and Inclusion Manager.

She started this role in January 2021. Jess was instrumental in Mace joining Building Equality – an alliance of 30 construction companies who work together to drive LGBT+ inclusion in the construction industry. In 2019, Mace become Stonewall Global Diversity Champions and entered the Workplace Equality Index for the first time, with a rank of 142

LOUISE BAILEY

OVO


Louise is a senior manager within OVO Customer Care. She established and leads an LGBTQ+ network with over 400 members across the UK.

She implemented LGBTQ+ specific policies, developed and delivered training to 350+ managers, and updated systems to be inclusive for colleagues and customers.

A mentor to LGBTQ+ colleagues and family members needing support, Louise has ensured the business is demonstrably LGBTQ+ inclusive; lighting up Wembley Arena, supporting #transrightsarehumanrights letters to Government, and recognising dates in the LGBTQ+ calendar. Louise is a passionate ally and committee member of Pride in Energy, working for LGBTQ+ inclusivity across the energy sector.

NIGEL MORALEE

Sage

Nigel’s career is in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, acting as a progressive and challenging change agent and manager for Sage Software UK&I.

He creates change for a better society, and as an out gay man, is an active role model for LGBT+ inclusion, as is recognised by a number of external awards.

As founder of Pride@Sage, Nigel plays an active role in setting up networks for other diversity strands and wider intersectionality and partners with senior leaders, partners and external charities. He has consistently worked to champion the rights of the whole LGBT+ community, lending particular support to LGBT in the Autism community.

SARAH FENNELL

Macquarie

Sarah is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Macquarie in EMEA where she focuses on embedding an intersectional approach to inclusion throughout the employee lifecycle and creating equity, belonging and innovation.

Prior to joining Macquarie she lead EMEA D&I at Moody’s as well as managing their employee resource group strategy globally. She worked at HSBC for 12 years in a variety of roles in the business before becoming Pride co-chair and then diversity and inclusion manager for EMEA. She was shortlisted for Corporate Rising Star by the British LGBT Awards in 2015 and 2016.