lets talk about...

OUTstanding in Business is launched…

Posted by
19th June 2013

I’m so proud to say I launched another company last week called OUTstanding in Business which is a professional network for lesbian and gay (LGBT) executives.  Lord Browne sits on the advisory panel along with a number of other CEOs including Harriet Green (Group CEO at Thomas Cook PLC), Dawn Airey (SVP, EMEA at Yahoo) and Ashok Vaswani (Global CEO Barclays Retail & Business Banking).  Barclays very kindly sponsored and hosted the press launch who are also one of our Founding Corporate Members alongside BP, EY and Google.  OUTstanding in Business is trying to promote visible role models at the executive level in business, challenge stereotypes, inspire future leaders and make the boardroom more diverse from an LGBT perspective.  The headline of the event was a panel discussion on the importance of visible LGBT role models in the boardroom and authentic leadership. The photograph above shows who sat on the panel (from left to right):

  • Paul Reed, CEO Integrated Supply & Trading (IST), BP plc
  • Antonio Simoes, Head of UK Bank, Deputy CEO, HSBC Bank plc & Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management, Europe, HSBC Bank plc
  • Kirsty Bashforth (moderator), Group Head of Organisational Effectiveness, BP plc
  • Ashok Vaswani, Global CEO Barclays Retail & Business Banking
  • Liz Bingham, Managing Partner People & Talent, Ernst & Young UK & Ireland

It was an incredibly thought provoking, enlightening, and dare we say, entertaining discussion where there was an opportunity for guests to ask questions too. You can see some photos from the evening on the website on the press launch (hyperlink here) page. We’re going to be publishing a Top 50 list in the Financial Times later in the year which is very exciting! If you know any LGBT executives that might want to be involved then please let me know. My email is suki@OUT-standing.org.

Leave a Comment

Designed by Den Creative