Lord Chris Smith
Master of Pembroke College Cambridge, and Chairman of the Intellectual Property Regulation Board
Born in 1951, Chris was educated in Edinburgh and then Pembroke College, Cambridge, achieving a double first in English (and later a PhD on Wordsworth and Coleridge) and was also a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard. Chris began his political career as a Labour Councillor for Islington Borough, becoming MP for Islington South and Finsbury in 1983. He was the first openly gay MP in the UK. In 1992 he joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Environmental Protection, and moved to Heritage, then Social Security and Health.
When Labour came to power in 1997 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Chairman of the Millennium Commission – the first openly gay Cabinet Minister of any country. During his four years as Secretary of State he restored free admission to national museums and galleries, established NESTA, the Film Council, Creative Partnerships for schools, and the Foundation for Youth Music, expanded funding for the arts and sport, championed the creative industries for the first time in Government, and began the switchover process for digital television. He returned to the back benches in 2001, played a leading role in opposing the Iraq war, standing down from the Commons in 2005. Immediately afterwards he was made a life peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in July 2005. He currently sits on the crossbenches as an independent Peer and has been Master of Pembroke College in Cambridge since October 2015.
Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore
Justice of The Supreme Court
Brian Francis Kerr, Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore became a Justice of The Supreme Court in October 2009. Lord Kerr served as Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland from 2004 to 2009, and was the last Lord of Appeal in Ordinary appointed before the creation of The Supreme Court.
Lord Kerr was educated at St Colman’s College, Newry, and read law at Queen’s University, Belfast. He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1970, and to the Bar of England and Wales at Gray’s Inn in 1974. He served as Junior Crown Counsel from 1978 to 1983, at which point he took silk and served as Senior Crown Counsel from 1988 to 1993. In 1993 he was appointed a Judge of the High Court and knighted. He became Lord Chief Justice and joined the Privy Council in 2004.
Lord Kerr succeeded Lord Carswell of Killeen as Northern Ireland’s Lord of Appeal in Ordinary on 29 June 2009, the last Law Lord appointed before the creation of The Supreme Court. Lord Kerr is the first Justice of The Supreme Court to come from Northern Ireland.
Executive Director of GiveOut
GiveOut is an award-winning charity working to grow giving to support the global struggle for LGBTQI human rights.
Rupert has over a decade of international human rights experience. Before joining GiveOut, he co-founded the human rights experts’ hub RightsStart and headed the Institutional Development Programme at the Norwegian Human Rights House Foundation. He was Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Programme and the organisation’s Research Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He previously served with the United Nations as the Acting Head of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s legal defence section and was the Director of Programmes and Organisational Development at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. He trained and qualified as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie.
Rebecca de Havilland
Patient Care Coordinator at 56 Dean Street
Rebecca is a Patient Care Coordinator at 56 Dean Street, a sexual health clinic of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Trust based in London. She also does outreach in all the gay bars around Soho for Terrence Higgins Trust. Her work focusses on supporting the wellbeing of patients, as well as having been involved in projects supporting sex workers and transgender groups.
Rebecca has been living with HIV for over 30 years, during which time she has experienced many issues, including resistance to several ART regimens, diagnosis of AIDS following non-adherence, partly due to the associated stigma of HIV. Rebecca is also an accomplished public speaker who has shared her experiences through the Positive Voices speaking project, to Barclays Spectrum, Gilead, MasterCard and American Express and remains empowered and determined to return to health and combat adherence against all odds.
Partner at Brunswick Group
Jon works with companies to promote the positive contribution they can make in the world, and helps them connect with broader society.
Jon has worked all over the world with global corporates in many sectors, from the US to Asia and Africa. He was a strategist at creative agencies including Ogilvy and Mother, and has created campaigns for many NGOs, such as Amnesty, Greenpeace and WWF.
He founded a coalition of 22 global companies called Open for Business, supporting LGBT rights around the world. He was chosen as one of the Financial Times’ Top 100 LGBT Executives in 2015 and 2016. He has published two books: Everybody’s Business: the Unlikely Story of how Big Business Can Fix The World (co-authored with Lucy Parker) and The Business of Brands (co-authored with David Muir).
Founding Partner at MCHB
Antonia has more than 40 years’ experience in the construction and property industries, and leads her own business that she formed in 2007. Transitioning in 2000/2003, in a very male-dominated working environment where there was no history or visible LGBT influences to draw on, she presses for positive change for LGBT good in all business spheres, but especially her chosen career path of Surveying. A Board Director of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, Diversity Role Models, Terrence Higgins Trust, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and an advisor to other organisations, she particularly seeks equal opportunities for women/LGBT people within the Construction Industry.
She was shortlisted in 2017 for the Gay Times’ “Success in Entrepreneurship” Gary Frisch award, and in 2018 nominated in the NatWest British LGBT Awards – Inspiration Leader category, and nominated amongst a group of “exceptional surveyors from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)” to celebrate their 150th anniversary, showcasing significant and positive impact that surveyors have made to society through the centuries.
Executive Director and Senior Counsel in the Legal Department of Goldman Sachs
Tuvia co-heads the Structured Finance and Credit legal teams in EMEA. He currently acts as Secretary to the Firm’s Sharia’a Supervisory Board and until recently chaired the EMEA Pro Bono Legal Committee for a number of years. Last year, Tuvia took up a leadership fellowship at Windsor Castle.
Tuvia is also co-founder & CEO of The P3 Network. P3 is a UK based not-for-profit that provides support, advice, advocacy and role models for non-traditional and LGBT+ families. P3 supports almost 3500 families and prospective families across England, and has worked with over 80 leading global businesses, government agencies and regulatory bodies to help these organizations create more inclusive work environments.
He was recognized as Out & Proud Corporate Counsel of the Year by the LGBT Bar Association, granted a Points of Light Award from UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and recognized by the British LGBT+ Awards as one of top 10 in the category of Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life. Tuvia is currently shortlisted for recognition as (European) LGBT+ Equality Lawyer of the Year by Chambers.
When not juggling the competing demands of being an awesome dad, his leadership of P3 or his professional career, Tuvia is an avid Ironman triathlete and regularly participates in father-son adventure races.
Lecturer in Management at Stanford University and Senior Vice President in the airline industry
Sadiq Gillani is a Senior Vice President in the airline industry and a Lecturer in Management at Stanford University, teaching an MBA course on the Travel & Airline Industry. He started his career at Bain & Company and became Chief Strategy Officer of Lufthansa Group in 2011. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Mobility. He completed his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School and holds a B.A. and M.Phil in Management Studies from Cambridge University. He was included in the Financial Times Top 100 LGBT leaders list in 2014 and 2015, Financial Times Top 100 Ethnic Minority leaders list in 2015, the World Economic Forum´s Young Global Leaders in 2015 and Capital Magazine´s Top 40 under 40 in 2016. He has visitied 120 countries and lived in Boston, Dubai, Frankfurt, London, New York, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.
Christopher James Murray
HR Mental Health First Aid Instructor Lead, Department for Work and Pensions
Christopher has over 23 years of lived experience with Mental Health conditions. In July 2016 he was diagnosed with clinical depression, anxiety and OCD at a point in his life when he was suicidal. Since diagnosis, he has been working tirelessly to raise awareness and share his personal story to help create a safer culture and help others recognise signs and symptoms in themselves and others, and give individuals the confidence to ask for help by helping break the stigma around Mental Health.
Christopher works in HR of a government department leading on Mental Health delivery and train staff as Mental Health First Aiders. He works with colleagues across government, advising, supporting and helping them shape their Mental Health offering and this also includes delivering awareness talks to staff. In this role he has also delivered a talk to over 200 employer representatives alongside the Minister for Disabled People and Professor for Psychology, about being gay and a Mental Health patient – highlighting the parallels with the stigma and discrimination.
Christopher also runs his own Mental Health consultancy business, working with businesses to advise and embed Mental Health and Wellbeing initiatives, policies and strategies, and is a motivational speaker. This includes training staff as Mental Health First Aiders and delivering awareness talks to employees.
He is an ambassador for The Movember Foundation UK (which works to stop men dying too young from Prostate and Testicular cancer and Mental health) and has recently volunteered for the London LGBTQ+ Switchboard. He is also a volunteer for Battersea Cats and Dogs home.
Deputy Chairman and Joint Managing Partner at Quadrangle and Co-chair of Pride in London.
Alison is Deputy Chairman and Joint Managing Partner of Quadrangle, one of the UK’s leading independent market research agencies. She is a consultant by background, advising leading brands including Volkswagen, Lloyds Banking Group and The Co-operative, using research to help clients define strategy and design customer experiences.
Beyond Quadrangle, Alison is an activist, volunteering for Pride in London – the UK’s biggest LGBT+ event – as its Co-Chair and Marketing Director, and leading the team that delivers award-winning campaigns like last year’s #nofilter, #LoveHappensHere and this year’s iconic #pridejubilee.
Alison is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Ambassador of LB Women, a national, cross-sector initiative to support Lesbian and Bi-Women in the workplace.
Partner at Reed Smith
Daniel is a partner in Reed Smith’s Global Capital Markets practice.
Daniel founded the Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London in 2006 to address US securities issues in the London market across law firms, banks and intermediaries. The Forum was short-listed by the British Legal Awards in 2009 for ‘Law Firm Innovation’. The Forum was ‘Highly Commended” by the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards in 2016 in the category ‘Innovation in Navigating Regulation’.
Daniel is also the founder and chair of the InterLaw Diversity Forum, which seeks to promote meritocracy and inclusion for diverse groups in the legal sector. The InterLaw Diversity Forum currently has more than 6000 members from over 300 law firms and over 500 corporates and financial institutions. Since its founding in 2008, the InterLaw Diversity Forum has expanded its scope to encompass all strands of diversity and inclusion (LGBT+, BAME, Disability, Gender, and social mobility) with a particular focus on cultural change in the workplace and ‘multiple identities’/intersectionality. The InterLaw Diversity Forum was “Highly Commended” by the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards in 2016 for ‘Innovation in Human Resources”. Daniel was named the “Legal Innovator of the Year” at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards in 2012 for his work in capital markets and diversity and inclusion.
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 was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013.
Management Consultant at Accenture
Megan Cross is a Management Consultant at Accenture, and previously spent two years as an English teacher on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.
Megan led Accenture’s UK Pride network for two years, where she represented over 250 LGBT+ colleagues and 3500 LGBT+ Allies (c.32% UK headcount). During this period, she led a committee of 30 members (with 50% gender balance) and shaped the implementation of a gender dysphoria healthcare offering. In this role, Megan also drove a network objective around intersectionality – focusing on gender and ethnicity. In 2019, Accenture published Megan’s paper on the lack of visible LGBT+ women in the workplace, which has been discussed at C-Suite level and featured in Business Insider. In 2019, Megan was named as a ‘Rising Star in Professional Services’ by WeAreTheCity largely due to her commitment to LGBT+ equality both within and outside of Accenture.
Project Leader, BCG London
Rob is a Project Leader from BCG’s London office. He has an MBA from London Business School with a concentration in Organisational Behaviour and Strategy. Before BCG, Rob worked in Accenture Strategy’s Santiago office, primarily focused on Financial Institutions.
At BCG he has worked with a wide range companies, often with large geographic footprints and complex cultures on a broad variety of topics, ranging from adjustment of incentives to drive better performance to how to digitise support functions to transform them into strategic enablers that fuel growth, defining the capabilities required to do this. He is an active member of the Pride@BCG network where he drives our recruiting efforts and is a mentor to junior BCGers
Rob loves cooking, running and spending time with his friends.
Consultant, BCG London
Anaïs is a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in London and is part of the Healthcare practice area. She has been working across commercial due diligence, commercial excellence, growth strategy, market access & pricing, and global health.
Prior to joining BCG, Anaïs worked as a Life Science Consultant at Simon-Kucher and Partners and then at ZS.
Her credentials include a Master degree in Business Administration and a MBA from ESSEC Business School, and a Master degree in Law from the University Panthéon-Assas, France. She has worked and studied in Paris, New-York, Singapore, and London.
Project Leader, BCG London
Pavlos is a Project Leader at BCG’s London office. His work focuses primarily on the Financial Institutions sector – additionally Pavlos has functional expertise in Technology: from Digital strategy and business model development, to Tech operating model design and implementation. At BCG he has worked with many of the world’s largest banks (as well as companies in other sectors), on a range of topics: e.g. technology & digital strategy, operations, optimisation and capability development.
Outside his day-to-day work, Pavlos leads the Pride@BCG London network – coordinating the many activities that the network drives (from recruiting, to career mentoring and employee affiliation). He also leads LGBT+ advocacy and research in Europe, collaborating with non-profits on pro-bono research support to drive further LGBT+ inclusion globally (e.g. Open for Business, GiveOut collaborations). He has an MEng degree from Imperial College London. Before BCG, Pavlos worked at EY’s Advisory practice, and at IBM Global Business Services. Pavlos also served as Head of Insights at DRIVETRIBE, the digital home of motoring.
Ian Gustav Ahlberg
Communications Executive at the Financial Times and Co-Lead of Proud FT, the FT’s LGBTQ+ employee network
As part of the Global Communications team, Ian looks after communications for a diverse range of stakeholders across the business and leads on a range of projects from the FT’s presence at the World Economic Forum in Davos to media partnerships with Frieze and Women of the Future. Ian co-leads Proud FT, the FT’s LGBTQ+ employee network, managing the committee to ensure that the viewpoints of LGBTQ+ colleagues are heard in the decision-making process and that LGBT+ colleagues feel empowered to be themselves at work.”
Associate at Mayer Brown
India Trusselle is an associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice of the London office. As a trainee, she gained experience acting on a broad range of contentious matters, with a particular focus on professional negligence, pensions disputes and commercial disputes. India also has experience advising pensions trustees on pensions de-risking transactions, including bulk annuity policies and longevity insurance swaps.
She joined Mayer Brown in 2016 as a trainee and during her training contract, spent three months on secondment to Thomson Reuters.
Partner at Cohen & Gresser
John Gibson is a partner in the London office of Cohen & Gresser. He leads the firm’s United Kingdom white collar and investigations practice. John’s work focuses on complex economic crime, investigations, and regulatory matters. He draws on over two decades of litigation and advisory experience, first as a trial lawyer in independent practice and then, for five years, as one of the most senior prosecutors and investigation managers in the Bribery & Corruption Unit of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO).At the SFO, John gained extensive knowledge of the financial, energy, and extractive industries. He had oversight of some of the most complex work ever undertaken by the SFO, including one of the largest economic crime investigations in UK law enforcement history.