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This is the EXCITING news I’ve been wanting to share for weeks!!

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3rd February 2015

This is the EXCITING news I’ve been wanting to share for weeks!!

As of this week, Dr Neil Bentley, former Deputy Director-General of the CBI, is taking over as CEO of OUTstanding.

I will be the Founder & Chair and will still very much be involved with OUTstanding, but with less of a day-to-day role. Joseph Galliano will remain Deputy CEO.

Neil brings a wealth of experience from working with business leaders across the economy over twelve years at CBI, on issues ranging from energy and climate change and public service reform to employment and skills policy. Over the past three years, Neil has been a trustee and Deputy Chair of Stonewall and has recently been advising the Science Council on its strategy for diversity and inclusion. His PhD is in race equality in the workplace.

Neil’s main focus will be to create a step change in the conversation about LGBT diversity in business and amplify the voices of OUTstanding’s corporate and individual members about the benefits of authentic and diverse leadership.

His role also extends to heading up the new Board Practice for Audeliss where I will continue as Founder & CEO.

Neil is the dream addition to the OUTstanding and Audeliss teams – I designed the dual-role specifically with his skill set and experience in mind. OUTstanding will provide Neil with the platform to champion LGBT diversity and inclusion in business leadership and Audeliss will provide the vehicle for him to proactively appoint diverse candidates into the boardroom for Non-Executive Director and Trustee roles. Neil shares our values and has a strong belief in our mission. It is time for a disruptive and game-changing proposition to radically improve diversity in the highest echelons of the business world and this dual-role for Neil allows us to do this. I am incredibly excited for his arrival. Together, we are going to make a real impact on the boardroom.

Here’s to another OUTstanding year for us all!

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