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?

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

#InThisTogether – why D&I still matters

On 1st September 2017, I’m proud to be involved in a wonderful event entitled #InThisTogether.  I recently wrote a post about why I became involved in D&I (diversity & inclusion.)  This week, as the #InThisTogether event takes place at the Tower of London, I want to share why this subject really matter in the modern… Continue reading #InThisTogether – why D&I still matters

Why I became involved in diversity & inclusion: #InThisTogether

Mercer certainly wasn’t my first job, but more than any other role, my passion for diversity and inclusion, and in particular LGBTQ+ issues has really come to a fore – so what triggered this? I’ve been gay all my life – although not always open.  I understand how it feels to be on the outside;… Continue reading Why I became involved in diversity & inclusion: #InThisTogether

Coming out at work

I’ve been recently appointed appointed Co-Chair for the UK Chapter of the LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans and Allies) community at Mercer.  Of all the roles and opportunities I’ve had in my career, this is the one I am most honoured and humbled to take up.  In this pre-Christmas article, I thought I’d share a… Continue reading Coming out at work