IN Awards : Network Leader of the Year

IN Awards : Network Leader of the Year

Photo : Inspiring leaders, Cath and Gill with their award. The award was presented by Jane Kenyon (centre), Founder of Girls Out Loud and one of our awesome speakers at the event

Our finalists are all role models within their organisations and are respected throughout the network and beyond. They are all dedicated to their networks, often making significant personal sacrifices to support the work of the network. They have directly influenced positive change within the network and within the wider organisation. It goes without saying that they are all inspiring leaders who have each made a big positive impact.

Indy Hothi and Anisha Seth, EY, EY Sikh Network

Indy and Anisha have been voluntarily co-chairing the network over the last two years. Under their leadership the network has driven a number of programmes to support EY’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Internally, they have fostered an open and collaborative approach to influence positive change within the network and the firm. They have supported the creation of D&I networks across the professional spectrum, including the creation of a cross public service sector Sikh Network that incorporates all Governmental entities. Their leadership qualities were recently recognised by the Mayor of London who asked them to coordinate community celebrations at City Hall that were visited by over 6,000 guests.
Follow Indy and Anisha on Twitter @IndyHothi and @AnishaSeth25

Photo : Our Highly Commended Leader Martin York (right) with his husband at the event

HIGHLY COMMENDED : Martin York, Fujitsu, Shine LGBT+ Network

Martin is the Chair of the network and under his leadership Shine has progressed significantly in a relatively short space of time. He has dedicated a large amount of effort and energy, frequently in his own time, to creating a fully inclusive group that colleagues want to be a part of and other organisations want to engage with. He encourages colleagues to participate and is always prepared to provide support to encourage them to flourish. The Fujitsu UK leadership team and CEO acknowledge him as being the “go get” person who always delivers and ensures that the network continues to grow and delivers results.
Follow Martin on Twitter @TamesideM

Detective Sergeant Janet Hills, Metropolitan Police, Metropolitan Black Police Association

An inspirational Chair whose dedication, drive and passion has seen the association develop and further engage with their members, and attract new ones – which is a great thing to be able to say for a network that celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015. Appointed in 2013, she was the first female chair of the association and is a great role model. She has broken a glass ceiling and is a trailblazer. She is using her position to challenge the working experiences of BAME employees and the portrayal of the service in the media – as well as their engagement with the communities they serve. She is not afraid to challenge.
Follow Janet on Twitter @Janet_Hills

Dan Ricard, PwC, GLEE@PwC

Through his Co-Leader role, he is responsible for managing and keeping engaged a virtual team of over 40 individual volunteers who contribute to the network above and beyond their day job – engaging with their 500+ members. Through his involvement with GLEE, Dan has supported a number of charities including Stonewall and Diversity Role Models, whether through fundraising, taking part in fundraising competitions or doing pro-bono consultancy. He has also advised many of PwC’s clients wanting to create their own LGBT networks and built value based relationships with them by organising and hosting joint events. Dan connects with people, inspires them about the network, whilst bringing order and structure.
Follow Dan on Twitter @Dan_Ricard

Lt Cdr Chris Wood and Lt Cdr Sam Truelove, Royal Navy, COMPASS

In January 2015 the network planned, organised and delivered a successful pan-Defence LGBT engagement event (#LGB15) to mark the 15th anniversary of the lifting of the ban on LGB personnel serving openly in the UK Armed Forces – involving the Army, RAF and the MOD Civil Service LGBT Networks. The initial idea came from Lt Cdr Chris Wood and he was soon supported by his now Vice Chair, Lt Cdr Sam Truelove. Between them, they turned the vision for the event into a highly successful reality in the heart of the Ministry of Defence building in Whitehall, with over 120 distinguished and influential guests, key supporters, military veterans and serving LGBT personnel.
Follow Chris and Sam on Twitter @CTWoodUK and @samfish01

WINNER : Cath Rose and Gill Cockburn, The University of Bradford, n-able

Gill founded the network in 2006 and each year she pushed the network and the membership grew. Co-chair Cath was appointed when the activities and the membership of the network began to grow. They have provided successful events every year to raise awareness and celebrate disability. They talk about the network at any opportunity, whether they are in a meeting about Equality and Diversity or the IT strategy or a lunch meeting with prospective students. They are speaking up constantly for the disability agenda, so much so that many divisions now approach them before any policy announcements are made or even designed.
Follow the n-able network on Twitter @nablebradford

Martyn Loukes BEM, Transport for London, OUTbound

As Chair of the OUTbound LGBT Network, Martyn has taken the community engagement that TfL do to a whole new level. Just a year ago he was responsible for arranging a rainbow zebra crossing on the streets of London. Going in to 2015 he continued to work on other community engagement initiatives and was the driving force behind the #RidewithPride campaign that saw a Routemaster bus, a London cab and a Dockland Light Railway train get wrapped in rainbow branding to coincide with Pride in London and the networks 10th birthday. Under his leadership the network has significantly increased its membership and internal and external engagement continues to grow. He does this all in addition to his day job.
Follow Martyn on Twitter @Ryder666uk

Jonathan Marshall and Paul Begley, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, FLAGG

Co-Chairs Jonathan Marshall and Paul Begley have been inspirations for the network, not only balancing their work lives, but helping to launch a successful Twitter account, masterminding a historic LGBT event for the FCO, and ensuring that FLAGG was listened to in discussions relating to LGBT and broader diversity issues. Jonathan has been based in Rome since February and Paul is based in Belgium. This has meant that their time has been at a premium but they have never let that impede on their strong leadership of FLAGG, not least due to the number of big events and moments that FLAGG has experienced so far in 2015. They have both influenced positive change.
Follow the FLAGG network on Twitter @FCOflagg

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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