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The Top 50 LGBT Employers (Full List)

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The Top 50 LGBT Employers (Full List)

1. Antonio Simoes
Chief Executive Officer
Antonio has increased the visibility of LGBT issues at HSBC, works with their Pride networks and Chairs the UK Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Lord Browne dubbed Antonio  “a poster child for diversity”  in his book, ‘The Glass Closet’ .

2. Claudia Brind-Woody
Vice President & MD, Global Intellectual Property Licensing
Claudia is one of the most senior out executives at IBM and co-chairs their Global LGBT Executive Taskforce, taking the lead in revolutionising training on LGBT visibility and rights. She serves on LGBT boards and is an active speaker at LGBT events worldwide.

3. Christopher Bailey
Chief Creative & Chief Executive Officer
Christopher’s role sees him as the first openly gay CEO of a FTSE 100 company, responsible for over 11,000 employees. Since joining Burberry as creative director in 2001, the company’s revenues have increased fourfold.

4. Anthony Watson
Former Global Chief Information Officer
Nike, Inc.
Anthony is the first British and non-American citizen to be appointed to the Board of Directors of GLAAD, he is also a Patron of Diversity Role Models, and Chair and Head Judge of the European Diversity Awards.

5. Audrey Connolly
Head of FOS Operations
Lloyds Banking Group
Audrey is Lloyds Banking Group’s most senior out gay woman. She is Co-Chair of the Group’s LGBT Rainbow network and advises the Group on LGBT-related HR policy improvements and LGBT-specific marketing activities.

6. Andy Woodfield
Partner & Head of International Aid Development Consulting
As Partner at PwC, Andy is the most senior out role model. He created the LGBT network [email protected], takes a keen interest in LGBTI and Human Rights challenges, and is a trustee for Diversity Role Models and Action Breaks Silence.

7. Claire Harvey
Senior Consultant, Inclusive Leadership
Claire Harvey, a Paralympic athlete, chair of the Government Equalities office steering group, Anti Homophobia & Transphobia in Sport and is also a patron for anti-bullying charity, Diversity Role Models.

8. Beth Brooke-Marciniak
Global Vice Chair of Public Policy
Named as a Forbes ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’, Beth helped unify EY’s LGBT networks globally, has spoken at LGBT events and was featured in Lord Browne’s book, ‘The Glass Closet.’

9. Vincent Francois
Managing Director and Regional Chief Audit Executive
Societe Generale
Vincent leads Societe Generale’s LGBT agenda. Founder and Chair of the Societe Generale LGBT network, he won Diversity Champion of the Year at the 2013 Out in the City & g3 Reader’s Awards and was ranked #46 in the Guardian’s World Pride Power List.

10. Margot Slattery
Managing Director, Corporate Services, Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland
Margot sits on Sodexo’s global LGBT network leadership team, Chairs the UK D&I Sexual Orientation workstream. She’s a non-executive director for ‘Out House’, an Irish LGBT community and resource centre and is on the Board of GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) and Stonewall.

11. Harry Small
Partner & Head of Global Technology Practice Group
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Harry was instrumental in developing Baker & McKenzie’s Global LGBT  and helped form their LGBT network. He also sits on the legal panel for the Human Dignity Trust and is involved with Stonewall.

12. Robert Kerse
Executive Director of Resources
Circle Housing
As well as Executive Director of Resources, Robert is also the Executive and strategic lead for Diversity & Inclusion and the Executive sponsor for the LGBT Network Group, working with LGBT charities like the Albert Kennedy Trust.

13. Nicholas Creswell
VP Performance and Talent Management
Thomson Reuters
As UK lead for Thomson Reuters’ LGBT network, Pride at Work, Creswell has helped to develop the company’s proposition for LGBT markets. A Stonewall ambassador, he also organises events and works with a variety of LGBT organisations.

14. Stephen Frost
Global Head of Diversity
Stephen’s appointment as Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at KPMG follows previous D&I posts at LOCOG and Stonewall. A Visiting Fellow at Harvard University on the Women and Public Policy programme, he has also written a book, ‘The Inclusion Imperative’.

15. Daniel Winterfeldt
Head of International Capital Markets & Diversity & Inclusion Partner
CMS Cameron McKenna
Daniel is also the Diversity & Inclusion Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, a Stonewall Ambassador, founder of InterLaw Diversity Forum, has launched Apollo Project, and most recently embarked upon the Purple Reign initiative highlighting LGBT role models.

16. Gary Millar
Cabinet Member for Business & CEO
Liverpool City Council & Parr Street Studios
Gary was the UK’s first out LGBT Lord Mayor and has raised money at over 1500 LGBT events. He is a director of Social Enterprise Network, Trustee of St George’s Hall Charitable Trust, and Chair of the Michael Causer Foundation.

17. Wing Commander Mark Abrahams
Wing Commander
Royal Air Force
Mark helped establish the RAF’s LGBT Forum, which he has Chaired since 2006. He works closely with RAF E&D Staffs and Stonewall, promoting equality in the RAF and helping to shape conditions of service for LGBT personnel.

18. Michael Brunt
Executive Vice President & Managing Director Global Circulation
The Economist
In addition to his role at the Economist, Michael mentors LGBTI staff, is a regular participant and organiser of diverse networking and LGBTI events. He has regularly used LGBT messaging and imagery within The Economist.

19. Denny Tu    
Head of Strategy & Planning
Denny sits on Sky’s creative senior leadership team, serving as a mentor to emerging LGBT talent. He is actively involved in Sky’s LGBT Diversity change programme HRC, the Albert Kennedy Trust and Stonewall.

20. Mark MacKenzie MBE
Capability Development Specialist
Transport for London
Mark MacKenzie MBE, is a founding member of TfL’s LGBT network and led the group’s support for Pride in London. A member of various LGBT rights boards, he’s also an ambassador of Hope for the DABs the AIDS Bear Project.

21. Emma Cusdin
Senior HR Business Partner
Thomson Reuters
In addition to her role at Thomson Reuters, Emma organises events for greater understanding of transgender people. She’s a facilitator of the National Trans Youth Conference, and founding member of Trans*formation network.

22. Robert Annibale
Global Director, Microfinance & Community Development
Bob has spearheaded Citi’s position against the U.S. DOMA law and engagement with LGBT organisations internationally, including Stonewall’s Global Diversity Champions Programme, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, Out on the Street (which Citi’s CEO hosted in NY in May) and Anti-Violence Project.

23. Steven Cox
Executive Director of the Public Sector
Fujitsu UK  & Ireland
At Fujitsu, Steven has used his position on the Executive Board to start, champion and visibly lead the LGB+ agenda, forming Shine, the company’s LGB+ networking group and an LGB+ Mentoring Programme.

24.  Joao Soares
Bain & Company
Joao Soares is the leader of Bain’s EMEA LGBT employee network, BGLAD and an advisor to prospective and current LGBT employees. Joao will also feature on the LGBT Leaders Conference panel in February.

25. Steve Wardlaw
Baker Botts LLP
Steve has been openly out at work, despite holding office in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. He has worked on diversity in Moscow and London, and with organisations like Stonewall and OUTstanding, hosting regular events and mentoring sessions.

26. John Dickinson
Stores Implementation Manager
John works across the Tesco Group with the board to influence change within Tesco for LGBTI related issues and furthers the company’s active involvement in the LGBTI community.

27. Liz Bingham
Liz is the most senior LGBT Partner at EY and is the Diversity and Inclusiveness Co-Sponsor. She was #31 in the World Pride Power List, has received the Women in Banking & Finance Award and is a Global Stonewall Role Model.

28. Paul Reed
Chief Executive Officer
BP Integrated Supply
and Trading
Paul is an executive sponsor of BP’s Pride Affinity Network. Paul was formerly a member of the BP Group CEOs diversity council, chaired his own divisions Diversity Council and helped launched the LBGT Professional Oil Industry Network in Singapore.

29. Emma Woollcott
Associate, Reputation Protection team
Mishcon de Reya
Emma runs Mishcon’s Pride Network and founded and runs Pink Law, a free legal advice service for LGBT people. She provides pro bono advice to Broken Rainbow.

30. Mark McLane
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Barclays Bank PLC
In his role at Barclays, Mark has introduced innovative approaches to communication and product design for the LGBT community. He also developed a global D&I strategy focusing on gender, LGBT, disability, multiculturalism, and multi-generationalism.

31. Jacqueline Davies  
Human Resources Director
Financial Conduct Authority
Jacqueline sits on the FCA’s Diversity and wider Operations Committees. She was Executive Sponsor for the LGBT network at Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays, and was a Stonewall Trustee and Chair of the Stonewall Board.

32. Alison Camps
Deputy Chairman
Quadrangle Research Group Ltd
Outside of Quadrangle, Alison is the director of marketing and advertising for Pride in London, a voluntary youth worker, a school governor and a coach for The Work Foundation’s Campaign for Leadership

33. Roland White
Diversity & Inclusion Leader for Europe
Roland is an openly Out IBM employee working with Boards and Senior leadership teams. He’s also co-Chair of the IBM UKI LGBT Network, giving guidance for LGBT employee policies and procedures.

34. Jan Gooding
Group Brand Director
Jan sponsors the LGBT employee network Aviva Pride and is Chair of Trustees at Stonewall and has participated on diversity panels for the The Law Society and Stonewall.

35. Jim McEleney
Chief Operating Officer EMEA
BNY Mellon
In addition to his role as COO of BNY Mellon, Jim is Chair of the firm’s Regional D&I Council, Regional Representative on the Global D&I Council, EMEA Executive Sponsor for the women’s network and has launched several LGBT initiatives.

36. Patrick Rowe
Managing Director of UK and Ireland Legal Group
At Accenture, Patrick engages with the board on LGB equality issues strategies, hosting LGB networking events and representing Accenture outside the organisation at LGB events. He is also a formal mentor for LGB staff.

37. Simon Fillery
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Barclays Investment Bank
Simon is currently Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Barclays Investment Bank and is the Global Lead for their LGBT Agenda. He also sits on the board as treasurer of the Albert Kennedy Trust.

38. Amir Kabel
Global D&I Manager
Vodafone Group
Amir’s role as Diversity Manager of Vodafone Group has seen him create a highly inclusive working environment. Amir has hosted summits, set up
LGBT networks and written LGBT rights guides for employers.

39. Javier Ruiz Del Rio
Senior Account Manager
Campaign Monitor
Javier was key in establishing UK InterTech LGBT Network and established a global LGBT Network and mentoring program for LGBT staff. He’s also involved with Stonewall, Kaleidoscope and Cogam.

40. Tim Jarman
Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusiveness
Tim is commited to driving EY’s LGBT agendas. He regularly speaks at diversity conferences, is involved with Stonewall, is on the National Student Pride steering committee and also champions LGBT inclusiveness in sport.

41. Tony Tenicela
Global Leader, Workforce Diversity and LGBT Markets
IBM Corporation
Tony has been recognised by multinational corporations as a thought leader in diversity and works to drive LGBT rights worldwide. Tony also manages IBM’s global LGBT commercial strategy, leveraging numerous corporate community partnerships worldwide.

42. Carole Anderson
Head of Strategy and Performance
Golden Jubilee National Hospital
Carole ensures LGBT issues are recognised across communications development, strategy implementation and general awareness at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and is actively involved with Stonewall Scotland.

43. Geoff Pringle
Chief Operating Officer
University of Exeter
In addition to his role as COO of Exeter University, Geoff is Chair of the LGBT Equality Group, using his position to champion LGBT rights. He plays a lead role in Exeter Pride and is also a Board member of Hospice Care.

44. Alison Berryman
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Alison is responsible for the operations and technology strategies of Barclaycard’s UK business and as a member of their LGBT network, Spectrum, works together to create an open and diverse workforce.

45. Marianne Roling
MD of Mobile for Microsoft in Central and Eastern Europe
Marianne sits on the Board for GLEAM, the Gay and Lesbian Employees at Microsoft worldwide, speaks at events such as Women in Wireless and the Gay Women’s Network (GWN).

46. Matt Batham
Senior Tax Partner
Deloitte UK
Matt acts as a mentor for staff at Deloitte through their UK’s GLOBE network of 260 people. Matt has also been a panel member for organisations such as Interbank LGBT forum and speaks on LGBTI panels.

47. Paul Maddock
Paul founded and Chairs DWF’s LGBT employee network, OutFront and has organised events for them in conjunction with Stonewall. Paul also reviewed the firm’s HR policies to help champion LGBT needs and has written articles on diversity.

48. Vinay Kapoor MBA
UK Head of Diversity & Inclusion
BNP Paribas
As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at BNP Paribas UK, Vinay is commited to driving the success of the group’s Diversity & Inclusion
agenda, founding their Diversity Week.

49. Alison McFadyen
Programme Director
Standard Chartered Bank
As Programme Director of Standard Chartered Bank, Alison is an active member of the Standard Chartered LGBT network and a regular speaker at their LGBT events.

50. Deborah Sherry
Director of Partners Solutions
Google UK
Deborah has over 18 years experience in the online space and has continually strived to create an inclusive environment for LGBT staff. Deborah is out both professionally and personally.

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