The shortlist for the British LGBT Awards 2017 has been announced and three of our client’s employees have featured in the Top 10 LGBT+ Corporate Rising Stars.
The British LGBT Awards are designed to showcase individuals and organisations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGBT community. Those who go the extra mile to ensure equality, opportunity and fair treatment for all, regardless of sexuality are to be recognised, especially with the new system of Top 10s which makes everyone shortlisted a winner.
British LGBT Awards founder Sarah Garrett MBE said: “The 2017 NatWest British LGBT Awards shortlist features inspirational people who have and continue to use their platform to promote and enhance LGBT rights all over the world. All nominees are absolutely deserving of their place on the shortlist”.
Those shortlisted in the Top 10 LGBT+ Corporate Rising Stars category have shown an impact on their company and instilled change within their organisation and beyond. We take a more in-depth look at each of those listed.
Lendlease’s Gary Coetzee, Human Resources Business Partner, features on the Top 10 for his work as founder and Chair of the LGBT Construction Working Group #BuildingEquality, a group designed to encourage the establishment of LGBT Networks within Construction. The group aims to work together to create change within the construction industry as a whole. Gary was previously the Co-Chair of the Lendlease LGBT Employee Group, which was founded in 2014, and is a former committee member of Off-Site Network. A former Stonewall Role Model and Diversity Role Model, he remains a personal advocator for both organisations. He also strongly supports LGBT Sport, openly voicing his promotion of clubs and encouraging increased participation on Twitter. If you are interested in a career with Lendlease, please click here.
Staying within the Construction industry, Christina Riley, Site Planning Manager at Balfour Beatty, has been nominated for the Corporate Rising Stars award for her commitment to Balfour Beatty’s LGBT network group. Christina transitioned in 2014 with the support of the LGBT network and has since become the network’s Chair. She has been active in driving change within the business and the wider construction sector as a public speaker for LGBT and mental health support. Christina runs the LGBT Construct Network; is a Diversity Role Model, a Fairness Inclusion Respect Ambassador; a Scout Leader in Oxfordshire; a charity fundraiser in the Ride Across Britain project, which is raising money for LGBT and mental health issues; and also sits on several LGBT network committees, including Off-Site, Building Equality and National Student Pride. If you are interested in a career with Balfour Beatty, please click here.
Lastly, moving across the industries to media, Sky’s Brand Manager, Craig Dillon has featured on the shortlist. Craig is a Journalist and Social Media producer at Sky and began producing YouTube videos at age 16, gaining an audience of over 1.5 million. Craig works hard to give a voice to the LGBT+ community in his broadcasts. During the US Elections, he interviewed many British celebrities about Donald Trump’s candidacy, asking whether you can support the LGBT+ community and Donald Trump at the same time. Craig made international headlines when he asked Daniel Radcliffe if Trump was worse than Voldemort, to which Radcliffe said “Trump is worse”. He has also interviewed LGBT+ celebrities, such as Graham Norton and Tom Daley, whilst in attendance at various LGBT+ events. Craig sits on the Conservative’s LGBT Council and advises on youth issues. If you are interested in a career with Sky, please click here.
The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 12th May, 2017. We wish these three nominees the best of luck and commend them on their fantastic commitment to the LGBT+ community and hard work to create an equal, accepting society.