Top 12 Future Leaders 2024

In alphabetical order

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

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Alan Kan

Salesforce

Alan is an architect at Salesforce and a dedicated advocate for inclusivity. Leading the EMEA Certified Technical Architect coaching program, he is committed to nurturing the next generation of aspiring architects. Outside of the workplace, Alan devotes significant time to volunteering with Just Like Us. He plays a crucial role in transforming fundraising, donation processes and the management of charity programs, significantly enhancing the charity’s capacity to deploy young ambassadors more effectively. This enables impactful school talks that champion LGBTQ+ equality across the UK. Honoured as the Corporate Volunteer of the Year at the Just Like Us Awards in 2023, Alan further strengthens ties with charities like SafePlace International as the Philanthropy Lead for Outforce UK. Contributing to the development of a mentor program for LGBTQ+ refugees, Alan reaffirms his commitment to building a world free from discrimination. Additionally, Alan organises trips for Glug, a non-profit scuba diving club providing a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ members and friends.

Amelia Mugridge

Serco

Amelia is the co-chair of in@Serco (its LGBTQ+ network) and has been working tirelessly to support members of the LGBTQ+ community at work, including offering private sessions for people to chat, ask questions and link to its support network and wellbeing team. She has supported people on their coming out or transitioning journeys and supported loved ones in their personal lives. She implemented this approach in the in@serco team to provide ongoing support for anyone at the company. Amelia was nominated for the Rainbow Honours Awards 2023 and it was a great recognition of her hard work in building in@Serco as well as her work outside of Serco in the community. Outside of work, she has been recognised for her charity work, sewing talent and passion for Minis.

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Ben Kearney

Tesco

Ben started out at Tesco in 2016 working on the shop floor, before going on to managing digital systems roll-outs across a group of stores and then moving into head office, where he is now a consumer PR executive. Ben is passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion and joined the LGBTQ+ network as Pride Lead this year, collaborating with various teams to deliver Tesco’s biggest ever pride proposition, coordinating parade attendance across the UK, supporting the new “standing proud together” campaign and organising lunches for parade volunteers. Ben does a lot for Tesco’s LGBTQ+ communities outside of work, working as an LGBTQ+ performance artist and supporting charities, most recently joining Just Like Us as one of their ambassadors and volunteering at Bi Pride UK. Despite being only 23, he’s made such a positive impact and we’re excited to see what he achieves in the future.

Callum Grant

Global Media

Callum is the co-founder of pride@global, Global Media’s LGBTQ+ employee recourse group, and has been co-chair for the last four years, driving positive change; the network has gone from zero to more than 500 members of LGBTQ+ staff and active allies, offering a platform for support, education and celebration. It’s a role that’s moved him to sit on the D&I committee for global itself, working with all staff networks there. Callum has also studied for two D&I qualifications to help expand his knowledge but also drive action in this space. Recently, he became Deputy Chair of InterMedia UK – the network of Pride networks for the media industry, helping to build an more inclusive media industry, and following a fantastic strategy day, is looking forward to where this takes us all in 2024.

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Daniel Peach

Google

Daniel is Head of Customer Programs at Google and co-leads Pride@Google UK. Within Google, he has fostered a culture of inclusion for more than 500 LGBTQ+ employees and allies, organised Google’s participation in Pride in London, UK Black Pride and other tentpole events, and helped launch Google’s Intersectional Justice Working Group. Outside of Google, he codified a YouTube global policy ban on conversion therapy content, sponsored the Less documentary by Stonewall Housing, helped launch the Queer Joy campaign by AKT and harnessed Google’s infrastructure to help charities such as Trans in the City, ParaPride, BlkOut UK and GiveOut by raising awareness and funding. Daniel is a Trustee of ReportOut, a UK-based nonprofit focused on improving the rights of sexual and gender minorities globally through research, training and institutional change.

Jacqui Rhule-Dagher

Hogan Lovells

Jacqui sits on the Hogan Lovells UK Pride Network SteerCo. Externally, she sits on The Law Society’s LGBTQ+ Solicitors Network SteerCo and champions LGBTQ+ rights across all intersections of the community. In April 2023, she founded Legally Lesbians, which was supported by Diva. This involved 25 lesbian lawyers writing about their careers and the importance of visibility. Jacqui is passionate about raising awareness surrounding intersectionality. She has written for Metro, Thomson Reuters and The Lawyer on this topic and in May 2023 spoke on Bloomberg Radio about her experiences of being a Black lesbian lawyer in the City. In October 2023, she was interviewed by ITN’s Charlene White for its ‘Coming Out for Black History Month’ event. In November 2023, Jacqui was the keynote speaker for the Race, Gender & Sexuality: Intersectional Pride at Work & Beyond PinkNews webinar and featured on the Pride Power List 2023.

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Jamie Brown

Financial Times

Jamie, a leading software engineer at the Financial Times, is at the forefront of technical innovation, LGBTQ+ inclusivity and neurodiversity advocacy. As the leader of the LGBTQIA+ network, Proud FT, he has effectively doubled its membership, emphasising employee experience, community and outreach. His leadership in crafting a comprehensive trans inclusion policy, incorporating gender-affirming healthcare into the FT’s healthcare plan and championing an editorial trans-inclusive style guide significantly impacts trans lives both within and outside the organisation. Jamie’s pioneering work extends to forming contra deals with LGBTQIA+ organisations and charities and leading the donation of advertising space to those groups. As a member of the FT’s Next Generation Board he significantly contributes to strategic decisions on AI and innovation. Outside of work, Jamie volunteers with Codebar, mentoring tech minorities, and advocates for neurodiversity at conferences, sharing his personal journey and emphasising the critical role of neurodiversity in the tech industry.

Kirsty Mulholland

Bank of Ireland 

In 2017, Kirsty became the first person in the history of Bank of Ireland Group to transition in the workplace. Shortly afterwards, she set up the Bank’s With Pride network in Northern Ireland, leading the bank’s first ever participation in Belfast Pride. Kirsty was instrumental in the bank publicly supporting Northern Ireland’s equal marriage campaign and in the provision of gender-neutral bathroom facilities throughout branches. She has spoken widely about her experiences as a trans woman in a corporate environment and has consulted with several organisations on their own workplace transitioning policies. In 2022 Kirsty joined the board of the Belfast Pride Festival and was appointed her current position as co-chair of the board in May 2023. Her proudest moment came in July 2023 when she led the Belfast Pride parade alongside four other trans people and the Lord Mayor of Belfast, behind a festival theme of ‘Stand By Your Trans’.

 

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Max Shillam

Amazon

Max is a Senior Product Manager at Amazon, working in the UK Impact Team, where he is responsible for high-profile charity partnerships and special projects. He launched Amazon’s partnership with Comic Relief, which to date has raised more than £3 million for the charity and continues to redefine customer engagement with the charity through collaborations with Alexa, Amazon Music and others. Max is also the Vice-Chair for Glamazon UK, Amazon’s LGBTQ+ ERG, representing more than, 2,000 employees in the UK. He has worked to build relationships with NHS Blood and Transplant and Diversity Role Models, and initiated a Legal LGBTQ+ mentoring scheme, partnering under-represented youth with Amazon employees. Glamazon has been repeated nominated for being a top global LGBT ERG. He is currently training for his fifth London Marathon in 2024, raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust. He has previously run for Amnesty International, Unicef and the NSPCC.

Ross Sansom – Parnell

Natwest

Ross has been a software engineer at NatWest Group since 2015 and  has emerged as a pivotal advocate for the LGBTQI+ community within the company. As the global co-chair of the NatWest Group’s Rainbow Network, he has been instrumental in refining policies, amplifying the bank’s participation in Pride and establishing an internal LGBTQI+ hub, educating more than 60,000 colleagues. His efforts extend beyond professional boundaries as he openly shares his personal experiences, including his coming-out story and the adoption journey with his husband, thereby creating a more open, inclusive and supportive workplace. In addition to his impactful role at NatWest, Ross is deeply involved in LGBTQI+ rights outside of work. He holds the positions as the Chair of West Lothian Pride, highlighting his dedication to advocacy and support within the wider LGBTQI+ community. His dual roles in corporate and community spheres exemplify his commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion.

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TJ Richards

Santander

TJ vividly remembers being a young teen, watching Xena Warrior Princess on TV, then going to sleep chanting “It’s ok to be gay but it’s not for me”. They had a successful career as a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force, but was ultimately outed and kicked out under the now-defunct Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. They stayed in the UK and married their girlfriend, with whom they have been for more than 20 years. They are co-chair of Santander’s award-winning LGBTQ+ ERG, Embrace, and Chair of the Board for Milton Keynes’s oldest LGBTQ+ charity, Q:alliance. In their spare time, they narrate WLW audiobooks, helping to improve representation in an area they would have loved when they were younger. They are an outspoken activist for queer inclusion and equity in the workplace and beyond, committed to ensuring that no one is forced to live in the closet against their will.

William Dryden

National Grid

As a gay shift manager and part of the National Grid Pride ERG, William is recognised as a mentor by the company’s LGTBQ+ community. Working tirelessly between shift patterns, he has developed the first Transition at Work Policy for National Grid ESO in 2023. William regularly delivers thought-provoking training sessions to shift colleagues around LGBTQ+ community issues and he leads on the organisation of National Grid’s presence at Pride parades. William serves as Energy Advisor at the Landmark Arts Centre charity, where he created ‘Powered by Change’ sustainability event in June 2023, which focused on DEI topics in engineering; more than 16,000 community tickets were claimed. All his DEI contributions enabled William to win the Diversity & Inclusion Focus category at Young Energy Professionals Awards 2023.

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