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Our OUTstanding Role Models

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We’re proud to share that four of our people were named in the 2020 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists.

Danny Harmer, our Chief People Officer, Jason Windsor, our Chief Financial Officer, Angela Darlington, CEO Aviva UK Life, and Josi Reinhardt, customer service representative, have all been recognised.

Angela was named in the OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives List.

Image of Angela DarlingtonAngela Darlington, Chief Executive Officer, UK Life

“It’s a tremendous honour to have been included on the Outstanding  LGBT+ Role Model List in each of its eight years.  The positivity I have received at being an out gay woman CEO has been fantastic and over the last decade the increasing energy, belief and enthusiasm I’ve seen across our LGBT+ community in business has been incredible. But there are still real challenges for our community and in these difficult times the role model list is an important showcase of the extraordinary LGBT+ talent succeeding in businesses globally.” Angela Darlington, CEO UK Life, Aviva

Danny and Jason have both been named in the OUTstanding 50 Ally Executives List.

Image of Danny Harmer, Chief People OfficerDanny Harmer, Chief People Officer

“I’m thrilled to be named as an OUTstanding Ally Executive. Active allies play a huge role in inclusion at work, and in society, and I see the responsibility as a privilege. 

I am really passionate about us further strengthening Aviva as a place where LGBT+ colleagues can reach their potential and be awesome.” Danny Harmer, Chief People Officer, Aviva

Image of Jason Windsor, Chief Financial OfficerJason Windsor, Chief Financial Officer

“I am a strong believer that our employees can only perform ‘at their best’ when they feel properly included and bring their full selves to work.  

A diverse workforce reflects our customer base and brings a better mix of thought, and in turn stronger results.  I see my role as an Executive LGBT+ ally as one which helps colleagues feel warmly included at work, and champions the need for others to act as allies, to LGBT+ and other minority groups.” Jason Windsor, Chief Financial Officer, Aviva

Image of Josi ReinhardtJosi Reinhardt, Customer Service Representative

Josi has made the OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders’ List.

“Coming out as queer was one thing, but accepting myself as queer and embracing it as an opportunity to be the person I wanted to be was another. 

I want to be the mentor to younger members of the LGBT+ community that I needed when I was their age. I want to use what makes me different to make a difference. I am very grateful to be on the OUTstanding Future Leaders’ List, which gives me an amazing opportunity to share my story and to amplify voices of our community that are often not heard, especially trans and nonbinary people.” Josi Reinhardt

About INvolve and OUTstanding

The OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists supported by Yahoo Finance are a powerful reflection of the incredible achievements of LGBT+ people in the business community. Lists are published annually and showcase 100 LGBT+ Executives, 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders and 50 Ally Executives.

OUTstanding is part of INvolve, the consultancy and global network championing diversity and inclusion in business. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services, INvolve helps firms drive cultural change and create inclusive workplaces where any individual can succeed. 

INvolve also publishes Empower and HERoes role model lists annually, recognising and celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and inspiring the next generation of diverse talent.

Read more about the OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Models Lists

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