The judging panel will come together to go through Top 10 submissions and decide on the winner. We have chosen a judging panel of business leaders who are invested in their workplace and also the wider LGBT community. The Judging Panel will judge corporate categories only. Celebrity and consumer categories will be brought before a public vote.
- LGBT+ Future Leader
- Corporate Ally
- LGBT+ Network Group or ERG
- Diversity Hero
- LGBT+ Inspirational Leader
- Inclusive Employer or Company
Please enquire if you would like to receive more information on judging criteria or the nomination process. In 2019, the Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life category will also return before a judging panel. Scroll down to find out more about our judges.
Commercial Development Executive
Angus Wyatt joined Channel 4 in 2013 and has worked in his current role in the Commercial Development team since early 2015. As part of the team, Angus has driven commercial growth for Channel 4 as well as independent production companies, whilst also offering creative advertising solutions to a wide variety of brands.
Angus leads on LGBT+ diversity and inclusion at Channel 4 and was a founding member of 4Pride – Channel 4’s LGBT+ employee network group. Angus has chaired 4Pride for the past 3 years, developing it into an established network which hosts dozens of events every year.
Partner at PWC
As a Partner, Brian leads a team of Global Mobility (“One GM”) tax specialists in Birmingham, but is also equally focused on creating digital solutions for the national One GM practice. He is developing a major new proposition and is also leading the charge for enhancing PwC’s One GM technology globally. Despite his busy workload, Brian has quickly established himself as the new Partner Sponsor for GLEE (PwC’s LGBT+ network). He is an openly gay Partner, not afraid to stand up and advocate all LGBT+ issues, acting as a new key role model for PwC. Brian is particularly passionate about advocating those issues regionally and is cofounder of The Alliance Network – a professional LGBT+ network in Birmingham. This is growing from strength to strength currently with over 400 members, regularly hosting key events to promote LGBT equality in the workplace, particularly with a focus on key regional issues where there is often less critical mass in relation to “out” LGBT+ individuals.
In addition, Brian is also leading the charge in reaching out to the rest of PwC’s Partner and Director team to attract more leadership ambassadors, as well as then consulting with The Alliance Network membership to promote best practice in attracting more “straight allies” regionally. Brian is also a mentor and sounding board for many of the more junior LGBT+ team members and also LGBT personnel at other corporations.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Daisy is a partner specialising in Banking law at international law firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.
She is one of the most senior ‘out’ gay female lawyers in the UK and is BCLP’s International LGBT* Champion across all of BCLP’s overseas offices, driving the LGBT* agenda globally.
BCLP ranked number 2 in this year’s Stonewall Work Equality Index.
In terms of the LGBT* workplace outside BCLP, Daisy spearheaded the award-winning LGBT* Legal graduate recruitment event, ‘DiversCity’, now in its ninth year and participated by 15 City law firms. Its mentoring scheme has encouraged over 600 LGBT* students to apply to participating firms.
Daisy then went on to develop ‘AuthentiCity’, a first-of-its-kind cross-sector event for LGBT* students and apprentices who are interested in a career in the City of London, giving them hands-on advice about different career paths (including law) as well as reflecting that the City is, for the most part, no longer a draconian place to work for LGBT* individuals. BCLP then partnered with JP Morgan, KPMG, Aviva, M&G and JLL in this, now annual, initiative.
In 2018, Daisy and BCLP have also partnered with Stonewall and the Solicitors Regulation Authority to develop a cross-firm mentoring project to help smaller law firms on their LGBT*-inclusion journey. Now all of Stonewall’s top 10 ranked law firms in the WEI are participating in this new initiative as mentor firms.
Daisy is a founding ambassador of the ‘LBTQWomen’ initiative addressing the issue that lesbian and bi women can often feel far more discriminated against in the workplace than their gay male counterparts, as reflected in the national questionnaire responded to by 1300 lesbian and bi women.
Daisy has been recognised for her LGBT* work, for example, most recently:
Financial Times with OutStanding – Daisy is listed at number 32 in the Top 100 LGBT* Executives.
British LGBT Awards – (i) in 2016 Daisy was shortlisted for LGBT* Diversity Champion at the 2016 British LGBT Awards and (ii) in 2017 she was listed as a Top Ten Vodafone LGBT* Diversity Champion.
Diva Awards 2017 – nominated for Inspirational Role Model for this lesbian and bi magazine.
European Diversity Awards 2016 – highly commended in the Abercrombie & Fitch Diversity Champion Award for her work around LGBT* issues.
Global Inclusion Manager
Royal Bank of Scotland
Liam is a Global Inclusion Manager based in Edinburgh, prior to joining the world of Diversity & Inclusion, Liam worked in Personal Banking for 10 years in a variety of roles in Operations, Business Management and Branch Banking.
Liam has a global responsibility for RBS’ LGBT+ inclusion agenda and is driving change across the organisation to ensure RBS is an inclusive organisation for their customers and their people. With a thirst for innovation, Liam is continually looking at ways to create consistently excellent experiences for the bank’s LGBT+ customers and colleagues.
Matt Risley is Digital Director for MTV International, overseeing creative, editorial and video teams who create award-winning content across all of MTV UK and International’s social platforms.
The team recently won a Broadcast Digital Award for their work on MTV Pride, and he also serves as co-chair of Viacom UK’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group. He’s written for Gay Times, and numerous national papers as a journalist.
Narind Singh is a partner in the Financial Institutions Corporate Group at Clifford Chance. He 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. He is the partner lead on the firm’s non-gendered pro-bono project, which works for inclusion in UK passports of a non-gender specific alternative to male or female. Narind also provides support and guidance to senior management and the firm’s executive leadership group in supporting LGBT equality.
Chief Operating Officer
Peter is the Chief Operating Officer of Arcadis LLP (a design and consultancy firm) and sponsor for the firm’s LGBT+ network which he founded. In the space of just two years the network group has grown to thirty people and has had a material impact on the firm’s culture. Peter ensured Arcadis become a Stonewall Diversity Champion and active participant in London Pride (with whom Arcadis partners, allowing the organisers to use office space for pre-planning). Under Peter’s leadership Arcadis have risen an unprecedented 159 places in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. Through the team he has led many changes, which this year saw the introduction of a Transitioning at Work policy.
Philip Bourchier O’Ferrall
President & CEO
Philip O’Ferrall was previously EVP at Viacom International, the media network that has the planet’s largest footprint across TV, touching 4.3 billion subscribers in 183 countries.
A leading figure in the entertainment world he has an active role in the Royal Television Society, The International Emmy Awards and BAFTA, and sits on the organising board of the Edinburgh International Television Festival. He has previously been named in the Evening Standard’s 1,000 most influential Londoners list and was listed in Debrett’s People of Power 2010-14, he is ranked 17th of 100 LGBT+ Executives in the OUTstanding list presented by the FT, featured in the 2017 Pride Power List Top 100 and was Diversity Champion of the Year at the 2016 European Diversity Awards.
O’Ferrall is also the co-founder and non-executive director of Travesty Media, alongside comedian and writer Alan Carr.
Vice President, Risk Engineer, Global Energy Practice
Vice President, Risk Engineer in the Global Energy Practice of Marsh (MMC), Global Co-Chair of Pride@MMC and also an Executive director of Trans*formation UK, a community group which undertake activities to end discrimination and promote the welfare of Trans* and non-binary people.
Passionate about human rights and inclusion of all aspects of diversity, her visibility and unquestionable passion for engagement is constantly displayed during her client-facing engineering survey work undertaken globally. Visiting offices and offshore oil platforms around the world, in places such as South America, Africa, India, Middle East and the Far East, including many countries where LGBT rights are limited and visibility is low.
A regular speaker at events as an advocate not just for Trans* inclusion but as a champion of all elements of diversity, she also developed the concept of the Marsh & McLennan Companies #InThisTogether annual event, focused on diversity, race, disability, and mental health.
Featured in publications for the 21st International AIDS Conference.
Awarded the British LGBT awards 2017 UK Diversity Champion title.
Highly commended at European Diversity Champion at the 2017 European Diversity Awards.
Listed at #32 in the Financial Times top 50 future leaders 2017.
Featured in the top ten Diversity Champions – Global Diversity list 2017.
Chief Administration Officer, Global Markets UK
Steve is co-Chair of the BNP Paribas PRIDE UK network and is a prominent straight ally. In 2017, Steve was appointed to Chief Administration Officer of Global Markets UK at BNP Paribas where he oversees the administration of the capital markets business. He acts as the Global Markets sponsor or contributor to various UK-based initiatives, acting as delegate for the UK Head of Global Markets on cross-UK Committees and supporting the Head of Global Markets as delegate where applicable on various administration matters. He is also a board member of six internal companies.
Previously, Steve was the Chief Operating Officer of BNP Paribas UK Ltd where he was responsible for managing and maintaining the regulatory obligations of the UK solo-regulated firm.
In 2008, he joined the Structuring desk of Equity Derivatives and was appointed as Head of Solutions Structuring UK in 2011, with responsibility for regulatory wrapping for clients in EMEA.
Steve joined BNP Paribas in 2003 and started his career in CIB Legal, documenting structured derivative trades for Fixed Income and Equity Derivatives.
Prior to this, he was a paralegal in Mitsubishi UFJ Securities from 2000 to 2003.
Steve served in the Royal Air Force from 1995 to 2000 and held various positions in Human Resources and General Administration. He holds an MBA from the Open University and MA from the University of Exeter and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Demonstrated commitment LGBTQ+ inclusion, and citizenship across the 3rd sector and in her co-chair role of Spectrum, Barclays LGBT employee network. In her day job she has 27 years working within Financial Services and has a strong control and governance background which is essential in delivering best outcomes for customers, shareholders, and company.
She is also one of two Mums to 14 year old twins, and a role model in speaking about the value in difference, and how there are many different types of family and love. As an openly-out Leader, she provides proof to LGBT individuals that Barclays enables fulfilling careers for diverse talent.
Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ life
Co-Founder of Blackout UK
Award-winning busybody, recovering academic and reformed social reformer, Rob Berkeley currently plies his trade advising the BBC on accountability. Impatient with injustice and exasperated by wasted potential, he volunteers on the boards of Baring Foundation, and Britdoc Foundation has previously served on the boards of Stonewall, Equality and Diversity Forum and the Oxford Access Scheme, and been Chair of Naz Project (NPL) and BGMAG. He was Director of the Runnymede Trust 2009-14.
Alongside his academic writing on education, social justice and community organizing, he has presented and co-produced short-form documentaries, and written for The Guardian and The Independent on racial justice. His current obsession with innovations in media technology and their potential for social justice means that he watches a lot of TV/film and calls it ‘research’. Dr Berkeley was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.
He is also a co-founder of BlackOut UK, a not-for-profit social enterprise run and owned by a volunteer collective of black gay men.
Hannah Graf MBE
Officer of the British Army
In 2013 Hannah Graf MBE came out as a transgender woman and became the highest ranking transgender soldier within the British Army. She has been named Stonewall’s Trans Role Model of the Year 2019 for changing the Army’s policies and developing a new guideline on gender identity. She is a decorated Officer, having deployed to Afghanistan, Kenya and Canada.
Citing the effect that openly trans people had on her own transition, Hannah was very keen to become a visible role model for others, in particular a positive role model showing that transgender women don’t have to be pigeon holed into stereotypically feminine jobs. In 2015 she became the first Patron of the charity Mermaids and as an active and competitive person, Hannah is an Ambassador for LGBT Sport Cymru (Wales).
Director, Actor & Writer
Jake Graf is an award-winning British director, writer and actor, and an active member of the transgender community, speaking internationally on trans representation in film and media.
He is also a patron of the Mermaids Charity.
Jake’s films ‘XWHY’, ‘Brace’, ‘Chance’, ‘Dawn’, ‘Dusk’ and ‘Headspace’ have screened internationally, and are used as educational tools in universities, media events, and hospitals worldwide.
Jake’s latest film, ‘Dusk’, starring Duncan James, premiered in April. He has just written and starred in 8 part web series ‘Spectrum’, stars in LGBT drama series ‘Different For Girls’, and is about to take on his second feature film role.
CEO, Mermaids UK
Trustee for approximately 10 years of Mermaids, Chair for 3 years, and CEO since January 2016 she has worked and volunteered in the charitable sector for over 19 years. She has worked as an IT Manager for a Citizens Advice Bureau and also has sales, purchasing and project management experience, with extensive networking and people management skills. Since starting as CEO of Mermaids, Susie has expanded our capacity and funding, and working with the trustee board, she has successfully grown and developed our services, and aims to continue this success into the future. Her passion is to ensure that families and young people can access the support they need to empower them to achieve the best outcomes possible in often difficult times, and to continue to campaign for better provision of services, and respectful media representation of trans children and young people, and their families.
Founder, Stop Rainbow Racism
Chardine Taylor-Stone is the founder of Stop Rainbow Racism which works to stop racist performances in LGBTQ venues. Taylor-Stone is a writer, cultural producer and feminist activist. Her work is inspired by her experiences as a Black British working class woman having found her voice through alternative youth subcultures like punk and rockabilly. As a writer and educator she uses music, art and fashion history to instigate socio-political analysis. Taylor-Stone is also the founder of Black Girl’s Picnic, a movement in collective self-care for Black women and girls. Taylor-Stone also plays drums for Black Feminist punk band Big Joanie.
Partner, US Securities, International Capital Markets and Diversity & Inclusion Senior Advisor, Reed Smith
Founder & Chair, Interlaw Diversity Forum, British LGBT Awards Ambassador
Daniel is a US securities partner in the Global Capital Markets at Reed Smith. A US securities lawyer with over 19 years of experience in London and New York, his practice focuses on representing US, UK, European and Asian Investment banks and corporate issuers in a wide range of securities transactions. Daniel founded the Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London ten years ago to address US securities issues in the London market across law firms, banks and intermediaries.
Daniel is also the founder and co-chair of the InterLaw Diversity Forum, with over 3,000 members and supports from over 70 law firms and 45 corporates and financial institutions, through which he has spearheaded the ground-breaking Career Progression Report in the Legal Sector, the Apollo Project supported by the FT to promote business cultural change, and the Purple Reign initiative highlighting LGBT and straight ally role models and multiple identities. Both the Apollo Project and Purple Reign were shortlisted for the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards last year.
Daniel has been an active member and advocate for Stonewall and is a patron for the Albert Kennedy Trust who support homeless and at-risk LGBT youth. He regularly encourages organisations to participate in the WEI and advises them on how to improve performance. Daniel was a member of the Equality & Diversity Committee at the Law Society of England & Wales for six years and is a member of the Judicial Diversity Forum organised by the Judicial Appointments Commission. Daniel has also consulted various organisations to help tailor their D&I programmes for cultural change and to address various strands of diversity and inclusion, as well as social mobility.
Daniel was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013.