IN Awards : Network Team of the Year

IN Awards : Network Team of the Year

Photo : All smiles, some of the OUTatTesco team standing proud with their award

Some refer to the teams that coordinate a network group as a Steering Group, Steering Committee or Network Team, to name a few. The size of the team is not important but the output and impact of their work is and each of our finalists has demonstrated that working as a team great things are achieved.

EY, EY Women’s Network

With over 3,000 members across 28 offices and 100 volunteers organising 80 engaging events in 2015, the network inspires change and progress. A dedicated team of volunteers who are each responsible for different areas and do this work on top of their day jobs coordinate the network. Roles include External Events, Internal Development and Strategic Communications. A testament to the work of the team, 90% of attendees at their diverse events learn something tangible each time. EY has featured in Times Top 50 Employers for Women for nine consecutive years and it’s very clear from the quality of their events, their innovation and engagement that the team have played a significant role in this success.
Follow EY on Twitter @EY_UKI

Photo : The InterEngineering Team enjoying a glass of Barefoot Bubbly at the event

HIGHLY COMMENDED : InterEngineering

The network aims to connect, inform and empower LGBT engineers and allies. It is run voluntarily on the enthusiasm of a core team who want to do something good for LGBT inclusion in engineering. They are Dr. Mark McBride-Wright (Chair), Tom Wallace (Vice-Chair), Jason Linford (Treasurer) and Peter Gracey (Secretary). They each bring a unique blend of skills to the table, which has enabled the network to make so much progress in a short space of time. Tom created a fantastic website, Jason secured their first allocation of funding for running their inaugural Company Networks event and Peter brings a wealth of connections which ensures they can tap in to talent when they need to. Under Marks leadership the network is going from strength to strength.
Follow the network on Twitter @InterEngLGBT

Parliament (UK), ParliOUT

The network is the workplace equality network in support of LGBTIQ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, interest and questioning) in Parliament. The network is one of the most active employee network groups in the UK with a packed calendar of diverse events that engage with the diversity of their membership. Events have included Being your LGBT self at work, ParliOUT Christmas Social, Making A Difference – LGBT History Month 2015, Slam Fiction Workshop, Stonewall Brighton Equality Walk and many more. These would not have been possible without the dedication of the Steering Committee who give their all to their network roles, ensuring momentum is maintained and the network continues to develop.
Follow the network on Twitter @ParliOUT

WINNER : Tesco, OUT at Tesco

Founded in 2009, the network has over 1,300 members across the Tesco Group. The team have achieved a lot with the support of many members from all areas of the business. During Pride in London 2015 the team coordinated authentic support for the event and beyond, with Tesco stores selling the UK’s first specially designed Pride t-shirts, created by F&F, where £1 for every t-shirt purchased was donated to the Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline. They also donated 700 goody-bags for the volunteers who make the event happen each year. The team have extensively promoted Stonewalls #NoBystanders campaign across the business with a significant amount of employees signing the pledge, including the networks Senior Champion, Benny Higgins, CEO of Tesco Bank.
Follow the network on Twitter @OutatTesco

The Armed Forces, Defence Stammering Network Leadership Team

Regimental Sergeant Major James Lang, Corporal Emmanuel Ottih and Walter Scott (an MOD civil servant) jointly lead the network. They have shown transformative leadership and exceptional courage by successfully raising a very stigmatised condition in an environment not traditionally known to be inclusive; they have made it possible for other people who stammer to come out and join the network. They are changing lives and careers by making it possible to be open about stammering and receive recognition and support. They are continually raising awareness and challenging existing policy within the Armed Forces – and they do succeed in this in addition to their demanding day jobs, on an entirely voluntary basis. Want to know more about stammering?
Follow the Employers Stammering Network on Twitter @stammering4work

WILL (Women in Law London)

The network was launched in October 2014. The Committee decided to set up WILL after attending an International Women’s Day Law Society networking event in early 2014. They had, unsuccessfully, tried to find a network aimed at pre-partnership (or top level in-house) women lawyers. All five committee members work as lawyers in top City law firms. They each have incredibly demanding day jobs yet have committed to the demands of coordinating an extremely active network, making tremendous personal sacrifices. They have amassed a considerable amount of enthusiasm for the network. With over 1,500 members it’s clear that the team have made a considerable impact with their innovative engagement initiatives.
Follow the network on Twitter @WomenInLawLon

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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