February marks not only LGBT History Month, but also 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. This special month is an opportunity for all individuals to reflect, promote and celebrate the progress that has been made in inclusion, diversity and equality, acknowledge there is more to do and to discuss why it is important for large organisations such as Lloyds Banking Group, to be working together with other key stakeholders and charity partnerships to lead and embrace change in this area.
Lloyds Banking Group's (Stonewall's 2017 Employer of the year) award winning Rainbow Network would like to invite you to our panel discussion where we reflect on and celebrate the journey that has been made for LGBT Individuals over the past 50 years and also what could be next for the LGBT community, followed by networking drinks.
Panellists include colleagues from Lloyds Banking Group, Stonewall, Albert Kennedy Trust & Mermaids.
18:00 – 18:30 – Registration
18:30 – 19:30 – Panel Session with Q&A
19:30 – 21:00 – Networking & Drinks
Our Panellists Are:
Support Services, Albert Kennedy Trust
Annie has worked in the LGBT equalities field for the past fourteen years, and been involved in many diverse health and equality campaigns to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* people. In her current role at The Albert Kennedy Trust Annie heads up a national programme of support services for young LGBT people under 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Annie and her team strive to empower and enable young people to achieve their potential despite their challenges, and set goals to become independent and thriving adults. She works hard to develop new services and support for particularly seldom heard people within the LGBT community such as carers. She has managed many successful partnership projects, such as work to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools, and skills workshops for adult learners. Annie has worked on many research projects which seek to better understand the lives and experiences of LGBT people in order to promote equality of access to services and to provide evidence to secure funding for new projects and services which achieve impactful outcomes. She has also delivered training on LGBT awareness to public, private and voluntary sector organisations and delivered presentations and workshops at national conferences. Annie has been successful in developing a women’s programme which received sustainable funding to specifically work with lesbian and bisexual women to improve their health, wellbeing and life chances – a first of its kind programme for the UK. In her spare time Annie volunteers as a presenter on LGBT radio station Gaydio – one of the biggest LGBT media platforms in the UK. She and her partner also run around after their hyperactive toddler!
Senior Manager & LGBT Exec Sponsor Lead, Lloyds Banking Group
Jo has worked for Lloyds Banking Group for almost 20 years in various roles, mostly in Commercial Banking where she has managed £1Bn Insurance Programmes right the way through to Business Management and Executive Support roles.
Jo currently works as a senior manager leading priorities and supporting Lloyds Banking Group’s Executive Sponsor for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity. It’s this role that has seen her lead work streams including the extension of the group’s healthcare for Gender Dysphoria, introduce interactive training guides which are now available to over 80,000 colleagues and continuously seek ways to raise awareness and visibility of LGBT Inclusion through listening to colleagues and promoting a welcoming environment for all.
A passionate LGBT ally, Jo’s main goal is to help break down barriers to ensure people can be their whole self at work, and realise their potential. But, it doesn’t stop there, this is not something Lloyds Banking Group wants to keep to itself as we look to share information and learn from other organisations; this is how we can truly support the LGBT Community.
Senior Manager, Lloyds Banking Group & Rainbow Network Steering Member
Matt joined the Group nearly 20 years ago and currently works for Group Security as a Senior Manager in Cyber Risk. Matt’s team leads the Group’s efforts on providing education and awareness to all colleagues to help protect the Group from the Cyber Threat, including the Group’s Colleague Phishing Testing Service, Cyber Academy and ownership of the Group Social Media Policy.
Matt is the Rainbow lead for Bisexuality and is passionate about inclusion, including leading, building and supporting a Bi community across the Group. Matt has two children, is a keen gamer and is a season ticket holder at Manchester United.
Susie Green has been CEO of Mermaids since January 2016, but has been involved with the charity for over 16 years. She called the charity in 1999 seeking help after her 4 year old child told her that God had made a mistake, and she should have been a girl.
Susie became a trustee several years later, and served on the board for 10 years before taking on the Chair role in 2011. During late 2014 it became clear that numbers of queries were beginning to rise, and the organisation needed to change. Susie led the charity through a major step change, from an unincorporated charity to a CIO, from a kitchen table organisation to an employer of 4 people, with an income rise from under 10k per annum to over 100k in under 3 years.
In 2017 Mermaids is set to continue to expand and improve services, increasing training and support provisions to cope with the rise in enquiries of over 500% from 2013 to 2016.
Prior to becoming CEO of Mermaids, Susie worked in the charitable sector for 16 years as the IT Manager of Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau, but Mermaids and the support they offer for families is where her passion lies.
Susie gave evidence for families and young people at the Women’s Select Committee in 2015, and has collected an incredible array of awards for Mermaids throughout 2016 as follows:
Sparkle Charity of the Year
Sparkle Diversity Champion of the Year for CEO Susie Green
National Diversity Awards Charity of the Year
Helplines Partnership Helpline of the Year – 3rd place
Pink News Awards Charity of the Year
Children and Young People Awards Charity of the Year
European Diversity Awards Charity of the Year
Group Manager, Stonewall
Vicky Constance is a Group Manager at Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBT rights organisation. In her 3 years at Stonewall, Vicky has worked with a variety of organisations and currently manages the Financial Services organisations that participate in Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme, the best practice programme for LGBT equality in the workplace, and manages a team of four. Vicky works with organisations to create, develop and maintain an inclusive workplace for LGBT staff and allies, topics that she advises on include; keeping LGBT staff safe abroad, trans inclusion businesses, working with LGBT network groups, LGBT inclusive customer service delivery and developing Senior Sponsors to champion LGBT equality. Vicky is a proud ally and believes that everybody should be accepted without exception.
Regional Mortgage Manager, Lloyds Banking Group & Rainbow Network Deputy Co-Chair
Simon joined the Group 23 years ago and has worked across Retail, Group Operations, Connect and Retail COO. Simon was appointed Regional Mortgage Manager for North West, Northern Ireland and Scotland Region in early 2016 and holds responsibility for the delivery of 20% of the direct Mortgage lending for Halifax Community Bank – the UK’s Biggest Mortgage Lender.
Simon is passionate about creating an inclusive environment where colleagues can be bring the complete version of themselves to work each day. Simon is proud to have recently been recognised by his peers for his contribution in the workplace along with external recognition for his work with The Albert Kennedy Trust.
Simon lives in Manchester with his husband of 4 years - James