Sexuality & Gender: Coming Out at Work

As I approach the end of my tenure as Co-Chair for PRIDE, the UK Chapter of the LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans and Allies) community at Mercer, I’ve been reflecting on how we have made progress in the last couple of years.  Of all the roles and opportunities I’ve had in my career, this is… Continue reading Sexuality & Gender: Coming Out at Work

Volunteering: small changes make a difference

Each year, my employer encourages every member of staff to take one day to give something back. Despite the considerable cost to the business of one “lost” day of productivity, the net gain for employee engagement, business reputation and social responsibility is clearly worthwhile. This year, I wanted to link my volunteering to my work… Continue reading Volunteering: small changes make a difference

LGBTQ+ Pride Month: Who needs allies?

As it’s LGBT Pride Month, I thought it might be interesting to talk about allies.  Of course, this discussion doesn’t just apply to LGBTQ+ community,  it’s relevant for all aspects of diversity and inclusion – be that gender parity, sexuality, ethnicity, physical (dis)ability, mental health or any other part of society who may not have… Continue reading LGBTQ+ Pride Month: Who needs allies?

What is Finland’s secret ingredient? – Sisu explained

Many years ago, I fell in love with a Finn. We moved in together, got cats, bought a home together and got married. Living with a Finn exposed me to many aspects of Finnish language, life and culture. Our home is full of Iittala, Marimekko and Artek. We enjoy enjoy eating “poro” and drinking lonkero.… Continue reading What is Finland’s secret ingredient? – Sisu explained

A coming out story: 7 similarities between coming out and acknowledging mental health issues

So I recently came out – for those of you who know me, you’re wondering, “What do you mean? You came out as gay years ago!” Well this was a different coming out – this time I came out to admit that I suffered from a mental illness – depression. It was a culmination of… Continue reading A coming out story: 7 similarities between coming out and acknowledging mental health issues

The role of allies in Diversity & Inclusion

I recently took part in an interview withJulia Streets and Andy Woodfield for Divercity Podcast, a series of podcasts focused on helping organisations and individuals drive change in the field of diversity and inclusion in financial services. The topic of conversation focused on the role of allies in diversity and inclusion.  As Co-chair of Mercer’s LGBTQ… Continue reading The role of allies in Diversity & Inclusion

Linking employee & customer engagement

I was in a workshop the other day, and someone asked me if you could link customer and employee engagement.  The answer is of course, yes, you can! But before we look at HOW you link them, let’s first explore WHY. Richard Branson makes it clear to all businesses that carry the Virgin brand –… Continue reading Linking employee & customer engagement