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Innovator of the Year!!!

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30th September 2013

I am incredibly proud to announce that I won ‘Innovator of the Year’ at this year’s European Diversity Awards which were held in the Natural History Museum.  I still can’t quite believe it.  I never thought I was going to win but I was ecstatic about the nomination because OUTstanding in Business was being recognised for what we’re trying to achieve. Namely, promoting visible LGBT business role models and inspiring the next generation of leaders.  So you can imagine my surprise when Jane Hill read my name out.  I was actually shaking with nerves as I walked to the stage to collect my award and give a short thank you speech (apparently it wasn’t as bad as I thought!).  You can see some of the official photos from the night here.

We have achieved some amazing things with OUTstanding in the space of just over three months including a media partnership with the FT who are publishing a supplement about us next month and we’ve signed up some of the world’s biggest brands to our membership including BP, Barclays, Google, AMEX, BAE Systems and EY.  Even Stephen Fry tweeted about us to his 6.1 million followers last week. How amazing is that?

Once again, I must say a huge thank you to the OUTstanding team, Lord Browne and the LGBT executives themselves.  It isn’t just about me.  It’s about a collective of people who are driving this agenda for change and I am so happy to be part of this journey.  There is so much more to do but I’m going to enjoy this moment while I can. The award itself sits proudly on display in the office.

P.S. For the record, I’m wearing my Burberry heart print shirt and I chose it before Harry Styles from One Direction wore it!!

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