We put the spotlight on the 2018 British LGBT Awards

We put the spotlight on the 2018 British LGBT Awards

THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 NATWEST BRITISH LGBT AWARDS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED, WITH A STELLAR LINE UP OF INSPIRING CELEBRITIES, INFLUENTIAL BUSINESS LEADERS AND AWESOME COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS SHORTLISTED FOR GONGS AHEAD OF THE GLITTERING CEREMONY IN LONDON ON 11TH MAY 2018.

The awards, which are now Britain’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) awards event, celebrate individuals and organisations that work to promote equality and advance LGBT rights. Accolades will acknowledge milestones in politics, media, grassroots activism and the corporate world at the event, dubbed Britain’s ‘gay Oscars’, and are now in their sixth year – growing year-on-year. Inclusive Networks was proud to be shortlisted for the ‘Charity or Community Initiative of the Year’ award at the 2016 awards.

In this special feature, we’re putting the spotlight on the corporate categories. The winners of these awards will be decided by an esteemed panel that includes prominent figures from the world of diversity and inclusion and business, including Marjorie Strachan (Head of Inclusion, Royal Bank of Scotland), Mark Anderson (Managing Director, Virgin Holidays), Brian Ashmead-Siers (Partner, PwC) and Fiona Daniel (Head of Diversity and Inclusion, HSBC).

There are six corporate categories at this years awards, with many friends of Inclusive Networks and other fabulous people and inclusive organisations celebrated in the Top10 shortlists. These include the awesome staff network groups parliOUT and ASDA Pride who are shortlisted for the ‘LGBT+ Network Group’ award, Jonathan Andrews (Trainee Solicitor at Bauer Media) and John Dickinson (Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Tesco) who are both in the running for the ‘LGBT+ Corporate Rising Star’ award and global firm EY who are shortlisted for the ‘Employer of the Year’ award. The full Top10 for each of the corporate categories is below.

“The British LGBT Awards stand out because they don’t just focus on celebrity; they recognise business and community leaders, charities and other organisations, that work hard to advance the rights of LGBT+ communities.”

Speaking as the shortlists were announced Sarah Garrett MBE, co-founder of the British LGBT Awards, said :

“The 2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards shortlist showcases a range public figures and famous straight allies who use their platform to enhance the rights of the LGBT community. The ceremony on 11th May is set to be the biggest British LGBT Awards to date.”

Marjorie Strachan, Head of Inclusion, Royal Bank of Scotland, and representing the headline sponsor NatWest added :

“The British LGBT Awards stand out because they don’t just focus on celebrity; they recognise business and community leaders, charities and other organisations, that work hard to advance the rights of LGBT+ communities.”

The awards are famous for attracting some of the biggest names from the world of showbiz…and even royalty, with past winners including Sir Ian McKellan, HRH Prince William, Caitlyn Jenner, Alan Carr, Stephen Fry, Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue and Clare Balding.

Amongst the many famous faces in the running for the public voted awards this year are Susan Calman (LGBT+ Celebrity), who performed her routines on hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing with comical aplomb and managed to school a few homophobes on Twitter along the way, friend of the LGBT+ community Pink (Music Artist), YouTube personality and presenter Riyadh Khalaf (Online Influencer) and music icon and activist Annie Lennox (Celebrity Ally).

Other categories include ‘Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life’, ‘Charity or Community Initiative’, Brand or Marketing Campaign’, ‘Destination’, ‘Media Moment’, ‘Broadcaster or Journalist’ and ‘LGBT+ Celebrity’.

Voting for the non-corporate categories is now closed. You can keep updated and follow the #BritishLGBTAwards action by following @BritLGBTAwards on Twitter.

Good luck to everyone shortlisted!

HERE ARE THE TOP10 SHORTLISTS FOR THE CORPORATE CATEGORIES

Corporate Straight Ally

  • Anna Cross, Barclays
  • Emma Carey, MSB
  • Jo Coughlan, MUFG
  • Laura Hinton, PwC
  • Mark Barnett, Mastercard
  • Peter Madden, Arcadis
  • Peter Markey, TSB
  • Simon Burton, House of Lords
  • Susan Allen, Santander
  • Warwick Matthews, Rolls-Royce

Diversity Champion

  • Andrew Porter, Diageo
  • Carl Clarke, Vodafone
  • Claire Skinner, Mercer
  • David Levine, Disney
  • Joanna Walker, Virgin Money
  • Laura Hodgson, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Paresh Ravat, BNP Paribas
  • Sandy Darcy, Thames Water
  • Steven Cox, Fujitsu
  • Theresa Farrenson, Aon

LGBT+ Inspirational Leader

  • Antonia Belcher, MHBC Create
  • Ed Fairhurst, Shell
  • Emiro Mendoza, Carat
  • Emma Goodford, Knight Frank
  • Geoff Godwin, AiG
  • Jonathan Mcclelland, M&G Investments
  • Kelly Canterford, Jll
  • Luca Sale, Amazon
  • Narind Singh, Clifford Chance
  • Pips Bunce, Credit Suisse

LGBT+ Corporate Rising Star

  • Ben Cawley, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Chris Howard, Epam & Capgemini
  • Dunni Alao, Ministry of Defence
  • Emily Sendall, Deloitte
  • John Dickinson, Tesco
  • Jonathan Andrews, Reed Smith
  • Julia Atwater, Atos
  • Leng Montgomery, Sainsbury’s
  • Melanie Jackson, National Grid
  • Ryan Bleach, Nomura

LGBT+ Network Group

  • Allianz Insurance, Allianz
  • Asda Pride, Asda
  • Breathe, KPMG
  • Glow, Dentons
  • Houseproud, Genesis Housing
  • Interenergy
  • Mpride, Metro Bank
  • Out@in, Linkedin
  • Parliout, Parliament
  • Spectrum, GSK

Employer or Company

  • Army
  • Channel 4
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • HSBC UK
  • Mi5
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Travelodge
  • Viacom
  • Visa

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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