Top 12 Inspirational Leaders 2024

In alphabetical order

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

Bruna Gil

LinkedIn

Bruna served as Global Co-Chair for Out@In (LinkedIn’s LGBTQ+ Network) between 2021-23. In this role she led a global team of 50+ leaders with presence across 23 offices and 4 regions. As the Global Co-Chair, she was responsible for setting and executing the mission and vision, and overseeing its annual strategic plan, and she serves as the primary partner to the D&I team and executive sponsors. Bruna is also a visible lesbian leader and has featured in employee videos centred around Pride month and LGBTQ+ topics. Bruna is a board member of GiveOut, an award-winning LGBTQ+ charity supporting the funding of LGBTQ+ activism worldwide. She is also a board member of Pride in Tennis, a network dedicated to making British tennis open and accessible for all LGBTQ+ communities. Bruna is one of the founding speakers at OutSpoken Speakers, an organisation focused on promoting and platforming LGBTQ+ women and non-binary voices.

Catherine Ahn

HSBC UK

Catherine, the daughter of Korean immigrants, was born in Los Angeles. She’s had the privilege of working to help develop the judicial portions of the Kosovar constitution post-genocide, building counter-terrorism and WMD/proliferation structures in the US post-9/11 and working within the EU on critical data privacy and counter-terrorism cases. She spearheaded partnerships with the community on the tragic rise of anti-Asian and Pacific Islander hate crimes in the US while serving in the Department of Justice and later joined HSBC Holdings as the Head of Complex Corporates for Group Financial Crime Investigations. She currently sits with multiple hats carefully balanced on her head, including serving as the Acting Regional Head for Complex Investigations, while also corralling the senior leadership of HSBC through the Pride Ambassador program.

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David Hynam

LV=

David is Chief Executive at LV=. With his support, the Pride Network has thrived and his influence, having been recognised as one of the world’s top 10 gay CEOs, has resonated deeply. He believes that individuals should be able to be their authentic selves at work. This has translated into increased engagement among colleagues. During National Inclusion Week, David orchestrated a relaunch of LV’s inclusion networks publicly, announcing his vision for a more diverse and inclusive culture. This led to a marked increase in diversity data participation (up by 14 per cent) within just ten months. David enjoys taking part in Pride and Allies speaking engagements, sharing his journey and championing inclusion. The Mail on Sunday recognised him as “one of the U.K.’s leading LGBTQ+ chief executives” and a “champion of diversity”. His platform has allowed him to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion on a broader scale.

Jane Stockwell

Rolls-Royce

Jane joined Rolls-Royce in 1998, firmly in the closet. A practicing solicitor, having worked with the company for 25 years mostly in its civil aerospace business, Jane, now the Senior Vice President of Commercial & Legal, is responsible for a global diverse team and is committed to ensuring an equal experience for all regardless of diverse characteristics. Having come out at work many years ago, Jane is one of the Rolls-Royce Group’s most senior openly gay individuals. A strong advocate for many DE&I issues, Jane has been the sponsor of the Company’s UK LGBTQ+ inclusion network, Prism, for almost four years having supported the network on its rise to from outside the Stonewall 100 in 2021 to a ranking of 32 in 2023. Jane lives in Derby with her wife and their teenage son.

 

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Jim Ford

Allen & Overy

Jim is co-head of A&O’s global Life Sciences sector group and co-chair of A&Out, the firm’s global LGBTQ+ network. Having previously been involved in the launch of the network, he has now led A&Out for more than 15 years, during which time the network has grown from an employee support network to a group at the heart of various D&I-focused graduate recruitment, mentoring and social responsibility activities, with A&O being recognised as a Top Global Employer by Stonewall. Outside of A&O, Jim has served as a trustee for Diversity Role Models, a Stonewall ambassador and a patron for Queer Britain (the UK’s first and only LGBTQ+ museum). Jim has featured on OUTstanding’s annual list of Top 100 LGBTQ+ Role Models on six occasions.

Joanna Lewis

ITV

With more than four years as ITV Pride Network’s co-chair, Jo has been a driving force for inclusion at ITV, recently leading projects such as the rebranding of the network (adding the progressive colours and word ‘queer’ to their logo and to ITV’s Pride parade entries). Often juggling a demanding role at production company MultiStory Media as a Production Manager, Jo coordinates all elements of the Pride network, despite being the primary cisgender female amid mostly cisgender men; she manages the comms, events and Pridecast teams, and oversees the Manchester and Leeds Pride entries. Jo has also played a key role in ITV’s 2023 Stonewall WEI application. Her organisational skills, forward thinking and dedication to inclusion contributes to the projects she works across, including the success of the Pride network. Jo is always looking at how she can facilitate safe spaces and, beyond work, organises northern events for LQW (a UK-wide LGBTQ+ group).

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Joe Brown

TFL

Joe has worked for Transport for London (TfL) for more than 26 years, starting out as a tube guard and working in several roles since. Joe became the chair of TfL’s LGBTQ+ network OUTbound in 2021 and oversaw significant improvements in the engagement and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community. This was achieved through diverse events celebrating LGBTQ+ diversity and intersectionality, which resulted in recognition from the Mayor of London for History Month 2023. Joe project-managed TfL’s participation for Pride last year with ground-breaking vinyl wraps on a bus and trains, celebrity collaborations, colleague artwork and portrait posters across the transport system. In March 2023 Joe founded Journey: a network of LGBTQ+ networks in the transport industry. With members spanning rail, road, maritime, aviation, engineering and consultancy, Journey is working to promote the psychological and physical safety of LGBTQ+ people across UK transport, both colleagues and customers.

Lee Isaacs

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Lee is the Global Chair of Just Eat Takeaway.com’s LGBTQIA+ network ‘JET & Proud’ and has grown the global network in more than 15 markets over the past year. He’s committed to creating change and has used his marketing background to spearhead and lead the launch of Just Eat’s first ever global Pride campaign ‘Free to Be’, with the aim being to showcase the brand’s commitment and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. He was responsible for building representation across the global business – UK, Europe, Middle East and Canada – through Pride Parade sponsorships and initiatives including worldwide internal educational panels and celebratory events. Lee’s efforts to inspire the business has led to the network growth of 550+ members and the continuation of the Global ‘Free to Be’ campaign in 2024. Lee volunteers as Media Director at the HIV charity NHST, brokering media partnerships and fundraising activity for key calendar events such as World Aids Day.

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Martin Smith

PWC

Martin is Co-Chair of PwC UK Shine (LGTBQ+) network, where his impact over the past three years has been considerable and consistent. He combines vision, aspiration and pragmatism to design and deliver a win-win strategy for the Shine network and PwC UK. He has helped UK, EMEA and global regions inform its first Global LGBT Inclusion Strategy (launched in 2023), facilitated senior inclusion conversations across EMEA and has driven focus on policy review and intersectional inclusion. Through his work he drives the network and the firm, evidenced by his support for publication of its Sexual Orientation pay gap (achieved in 2022). Martin regularly discusses LGBTQ+ and Shine work in the media. He is often quoted in the press, which shows inclusion in a human way and helps attract LGBTQ+ talent. He is determined his work will mean the LGBTQ+ community will feel more included in both PwC and with clients.

Ryan Bleach

Nomura

Ryan is a successful HR leader and co-chairs the Nomura Pride Network. He has led its growth toward becoming the successful network it is today over the last seven years. He has put championing all LGBTQ+ individuals at the heart of the work with Pride; including the screening of Cured, a documentary about removing homosexuality ; a queer women’s empowerment panel discussion; and hosting activist Valentino Vecchietti for Intersex Awareness Day. He champions inclusion for all and launched an EMEA-wide Inclusion Recognition Program where colleagues across the firm are recognised for their diversity work. Ryan also mentors three queer graduates and is an active member of queer hockey team London Royals, which breaks down barriers for queer people in sport. Ryan was shortlisted for the British LGBT Awards Corporate Rising Star 2018, was a Stonewall Role Model and oversaw the expansion of LGBTQ+ InterBank Forum as events manager.

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Scarlet Marie Morgan

Allianz

Scarlet is one of the most influential leaders of transgender awareness within the insurance industry, globally known for her work ensuring the LGBTQ+ community are represented, celebrated and supported within the corparate world as an ambassador for trans individuals and the first trans Global Ambassador for Allianz holdings. Scarlet led the way by sharing her story . Feeling the exclusion and difficulties faced by the transgender community and experiencing hate crime, Scarlet decided to take a stand and truly live and breathe the change she dreamt of, inspiring others to truly live their truth and embrace their most authentic self. She has unselfishly given her time and sacrificed her privacy to educate and support others on their own journeys while leading others in creating diverse and inclusive workspaces to acknowledge all individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ family.

Xavier White

Verizon

At 17, Xavier founded an LGBTQ+ rights in education charity, which he built from the ground up. Now 30, he is Head of UK&I Marketing and EMEA Social Purpose for Verizon. He chaired the UK Volunteering Committee and now chairs their LGBTQ+ ERG across EMEA & APAC. Xavier has launched award-nominated diversity outreach programs for Verizon and ensures the LGBTQ+ community is represented within his marketing. Xavier lives in London with his partner, creates artwork as activism and uses his platform to champion diverse identities, mentor diverse young people and empowers young leaders to run diversity events.

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