Top 10 LGBT+ Inspirational leaders 2018

In alphabetical order

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This category is judged based on evidence provided according to the british lgbt awards criteria.

Antonia Belcher

Founding Partner at MHBC

Antonia has 40 plus years’ experience in the construction and property industries and leads her own business that she formed in 2007. Transitioning in 2000/2003 in a very male dominated working environment, where there was no history or visible LGBT influences to draw on, she presses for positive change for LGBT+ good in all business spheres. A Board Director of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, Diversity Role Models and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, and advisor to other organisations she particularly seeks equal opportunities for Women/LGBT+ within the Construction Industry.

Pips Bunce

Director at Credit Suisse

Pips is co-lead of their LGBT and Ally network. Credit Suisse’s LGBT and Ally network fosters a workplace environment that is open and inclusive for all regardless of their gender identity, gender expression or sexuality. Pips identifies as gender fluid spending half her time as Phil and the other half as Pippa both at work and at home with her wife and children. She works closely with other firms educating around Trans* and non-binary identities and has produced articles and documentaries on the subject with organisations including the Financial Times and the BBC. Pips is highly active in working to eradicate marginalisation and promote the importance of authenticity.

Kelly Canterford

Senior Surveyor at JLL (previous)

Kelly started her career in Media and worked as a Personal Development coach before joining the Property industry and retraining to become a Chartered Surveyor in 2012.  Today she is a Senior Leasing Consultant at JLL where she delivers strategic leasing and marketing advice for multi-let properties within a£1.95bn Industrial Property Investment Fund (IPIF). She is one of the founding members of JLL’s LGBTA network, Building Pride and has been co-chair since its launch in 2014.  She is passionate about making property an industry where everybody can be themselves and has worked with a number of clients to help them develop LGBT networks and their D&I strategies.

Ed Fairhurst

Director of Supply Chain Planning EMEA at Shell

Ed has been “Fully-Out” at work for 21 years and has extensive experience in a number of industry sectors including food, beverage and oil. He leads a large team at Shell Lubricants, responsible for planning the end-to-end supply chain across Europe, Russia and Africa and has a track-record of delivering transformational change in high-performing operational environments. Passionate about diversity, Ed was Co-Chair of the Shell UK LGBT Network for a number of years. He is now a senior sponsor of the UK LGBT Network at Shell.

Geoff Godwin

UK Chief Operating Officer at AIG

Geoff has been in the Insurance industry for 25 years and since 2014 has held the role of UK COO. He is a senior sponsor of Inclusion within AIG & across the industry and is co-chair of his company’s LGBT network. He is passionate about equality in the workplace and has made the Global Financial Times Top 100 LGBT Executive List 3 years running. He also sits on various industry associations & charity boards and ensures that an inclusive culture exists way beyond his direct areas of responsibility.

Emma Goodford

Partner at Knight Frank

Emma is a commercial partner at Knight Frank where her career spans 30 years and she now heads the national offices team based in the 55 Baker Street head office. In 2016, she established the firm’s first UK-wide Diversity initiative which she chairs and which, in the most traditional of firms and industry sectors, is now very positively championing diversity in all its forms, engaged in discussion and events right through the business. Her specific interest is in the areas of gender, LGBT+ and working parents but Emma is keen to leverage her market profile to ensure the positive opportunity that all diversity brings in the property sector.

Jonathan McClelland

General Counsel at M&G Investments

Jonathan is General Counsel at M&G Investments, the UK and European investment arm of Prudential PLC where, as a member of its Executive Committee, has global management responsibility for its Legal and Company Secretariat function. In 2014, Jonathan initiated conversations with other colleagues identifying as LGBT leading to the formation of M&G’s (and Prudential’s) first LGBT network. In its short history, it has held numerous high profile speaker events, sponsored the Pride 10k run, screened a number of LGBT films and established LGBT inclusion as firmly part of M&G’s corporate DNA.

Emiro Mendoza

Associate Client Director at Carat, Dentsu Aegis Network

Emiro is a British – Colombian Marketing and Advertising professional with over 10 years’ experience in communications planning, working with global brands. Emiro has made it his mission to champion diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organisations he works with. “I believe that media and marketing play a pivotal role in educating society and I feel it’s my job to help the industry navigate this landscape and ensure the LGBT+ community is represented in a positive way”. As the social secretary of the &PROUD network (Densu Aegis LGBT+ Network) Emiro works hard organizing events that not only bring the community together, but challenge and educate.

Luca Sale

Manager, Solutions Architects – International at Amazon

On top of his day job as a manager in the Amazon Appstore, Luca Sale is co-chair of glamazon UK – a networking group which helps ensure that LGBT+ and questioning employees feel safe, visible, and are supported throughout their career at Amazon. He is a vocal supporter of diversity at Amazon and champions talented individuals regardless of their sexual orientation. Luca has added immeasurable value to the working environment of many employees, working with HR and PR to create and project manage a rich agenda of events and professional opportunities for Amazon’s diverse employee base.

Narind Singh

Partner in the Financial Institutions Corporate Group at Clifford Chance

Narind Singh specialises in financial services corporate transactions and M&A for banks, insurers and asset managers. Narind is the senior champion for Arcus, the Clifford Chance LGBT employee network group. He’s an active member of the group’s steering committee and has chaired the committee of the firm’s tenth Pride art show. He has spoken at several events, including collaborative event between the firm’s LGBT and BAME networks and faith networks. Narind has also spoken openly on panels about his personal experiences of overcoming certain mental health issues and is a Clifford Chance mental health advocate.