2015 Leading 30 Ally Executives

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Mark Zuckerberg

Founder and CEO

Mark is the founder and CEO of Facebook and a vocal advocate of the value of diversity. Over the last few years, Facebook has shown itself to be a public ally of LGBT inclusion, with Facebook employees marching in large numbers in Pride parades around the world, and Mark himself joining the march where possible. Most recently, Facebook’s Pride Filter, used by over 26 million people across the world, turned the social media site into a festival of colour as people used the tool to show their support for LGBT Pride. Facebook has a robust LGBT employee resource group, and has also taken huge steps to ensure transgender identities are included by adding around 50 different options that users can choose to define their gender. Under Mark’s leadership, Facebook was also involved in litigation supporting marriage equality in the US, and has actively participated in events such as Lesbians Who Tech and supported efforts such as the Trevor Project and GLAAD.

Richard Branson

Virgin Group

Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness. Since starting youth culture magazine “Student” at aged 16, Richard has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004 he established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which unites people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world. Most of his time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room, The B Team, Ocean Unite and Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders.

Andrew Liveris

Chairman and CEO
The Dow Chemical Company

As Chairman and CEO of a $58 billion global enterprise, Andrew leads from the top in Dow’s drive for equality. In his first full year as CEO, he led Dow to its first 100% rating from the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, which it has maintained for 10 consecutive years. Dow has been a finalists in one or more of the Out & Equal “Outie” awards every year since 2003. Additionally, Andrew has also inspired more than half of global leaders to participate in Dow’s LGBT employee resource group – the highest participation in its history.

Peter Grauer

Bloomberg LP

As the Chairman of Bloomberg L.P. Peter leads over 17,000 people in 73 countries around the world. He is an active and vocal ally to LGBT inclusion in the workplace, and is considered to be the leading champion of diversity and inclusion efforts at Bloomberg. Externally, Peter is a visible supporter of equality. As well as speaking at a number of key events on LGBT issues and serving as a member of the Advisory Board for Out Leadership, he was also the sponsoring executive for two amicus briefs that Bloomberg submitted to the US Supreme Court on LGBT marriage.

Jamie Dimon

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
JPMorgan Chase

Jamie is the senior most employee of JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in America, overseeing about 250,000 employees. The company’s Foundation, with the support of Jamie, has provided millions of dollars of donations to LGBT-related organizations in recent years. The company has achieved a 100% “perfect” score from the Human Rights Commission every year since its inception. The company is also a leader in LGBT benefits, including equalizing taxes for LGBT couples and paying for gender reassignment surgery.

Paul Polman


Paul is Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, an organisation with over 174,000 employees worldwide and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever’s culture is based on the non-negotiable value of respect of the individual, something that Paul ensures comes from the very top. The company champions diversity, and has scored 100% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for a number of years and has a large and successful internal network – People Respecting Individuality, Diversity & Equality (PRIDE).

Greg Case

President and CEO
Aon plc

As the President and CEO of Aon plc, Greg directs the efforts of more than 69,000 people in over 120 countries. Greg was listed as one of the 100 Best Performing CEOs in the World by the Harvard Business Review in 2014. As an ally to LGBT inclusion, Greg has led Aon to global recognition as a progressive workplace, having scored 100% on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for 8 consecutive years. Last year, he introduced the company’s ‘Safe Space Programme’, and has led Aon in numerous diversity initiatives, including sponsoring the Gay Games in Chicago, writing a public letter of support for Gay Marriage referendum in Illinois, which was published in the Chicago Sun Times and sponsoring the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Eileen Taylor

Chief Executive Officer DB UK Bank, Ltd.
Deutsche Bank

Eileen is the CEO of DB Bank UK Ltd, reporting directly to the bank’s Group Executive Committee. As the former Global Head of Diversity, she supported the start-up of a global Allies Programme, and enabled the start up of a virtual dbPride employee network in the APAC region despite encountering significant cultural challenges in the area. In addition to her current role, she is also the Chair of the bank’s UK Diversity Council, where she ensures LGBT topics are addressed. Externally, she has supported Deutsche Bank’s participation in a number of LGBT-focused organisations, as well as the bank’s participation in the amicus brief to the US Supreme Court in favour of same-sex marriage. She is also a mentor to an LGBT Future Leader.

Peter Rogers

Chief Executive Officer
Babcock International

Peter is the CEO of Babcock International, putting him in charge of 35,000 employees. Babcock is committed to diversity and inclusion, and Peter personally chairs the Group Diversity Committee for the company. As an open and vocal ally of LGBT inclusion, Peter has made his support for inclusion clear by sending every employee a presentation encouraging inclusiveness. He has also been inspired by the response the employees of the organisation have had to their membership with OUTstanding and is currently in the process of writing to the Chief Executives of every FTSE100 business encouraging them to support LGBT employees.

Rachel Reid

European Chief Operating Officer
King & Wood Mallesons

Since taking on the Chief Operating Officer for the EUME region of King & Wood Mallesons in 2014, Rachel has made promoting diversity a key part of the company’s strategy. She has created the new role of Diversity and Inclusion Manager and lead the way in re-establishing the company’s LGBT and Allies network. She encourages and champions the discussion of diversity and inclusion throughout all levels of the business and this year has volunteered to speak at the LGBT Leaders conference as part of a panel discussion on the importance of allies.

Chris Grigg

British Land

Chris is the CEO of British Land, and a Non-Executive Director on the board of BAE Systems. As a CEO, Chris sends a clear message of inclusion to his employees, and has sponsored the creation of an internal LGBT network at British Land. He has also advocated for the company’s memberships of Stonewall and OUTstanding. He regularly participates on industry panels on diversity, and has recently led British Land in signing up to the National Equality Standards.

Annette King

Ogilvy & Mather Group UK

Annette is the CEO of the Ogilvy & Mather Group UK, a multi-award winning agency and one of the largest marketing communications company in the UK, and is also the Executive Board Sponsor of Ogilvy Pride, the company’s LGBT and Ally network. As CEO, she has overseen Ogilvy investing in a number of LGBT-friendly workplace policies and activities, including Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme, the creation of a dedicated consulting practice to give clients insights into the LGBT community, and hosting regular LGBT-based events. The company’s efforts have been recognised by the HRC, who awarded the company a 100% score in its 2015 Corporate Equality Index.

Steve Varley


As well as his role as Chairman of EY UK and Ireland, Steve also sits on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council. He continues to be a vocal supporter of EY’s diversity and inclusiveness agenda, and sets a strong tone from the top about the importance of D&I to EY’s success, making it one of his three strategic imperatives for the firm. Additionally, Steve was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Stonewall Workplace Conference in London.

Maria Leistner

Managing Director and General Counsel EMEA
Credit Suisse

As General Counsel of Credit Suisse in EMEA, Maria is among the most senior female Managing Directors in the bank globally. As senior co-sponsor of the EMEA LGBT Network, Maria has collaborated with the Committee to re-energise the network. After identifying the need for an LGBT Ally programme and since its launch, Maria has personally led the expansion of the program in a number of countries (currently over 2,800 employees have pledged their commitment to the LGBT Ally program). Over the past five years, Maria has represented Credit Suisse in numerous LGBT leadership summits and has been instrumental in organising Credit Suisse’s hosting of the summit in September 2015 . She has also been an active member of various LGBT networks and spoken of her sponsorship of the Credit Suisse LGBT Open Network in industry-wide publications.

Nicola Rabson


Nicola is the Global Head of Employment & Incentives for Linklaters, she is listed as a leading individual in Legal500 and is regularly cited in the press as an authority in employment law matters. She is a senior ally of the company’s LGBT network and was instrumental in the creation of the LGBT Allies Programme. Through her involvement in this area, she has been a visible force for LGBT equality, signing up the firm’s Chairman, CFO and various other senior Partners as Allies prior to the launch. Because of her visibility in this space, she has also energised the New York, Paris and Singapore offices to be better engaged with their own allies population.

Charlotte Hogg

Chief Operating Officer
Bank of England

Charlotte is the COO of the Bank of England, and has actively supported the bank’s diversity initiatives. She has worked with the bank’s LGBT network to launch an Allies Programme, worked with the HR leadership team to establish targets for diversity, and has reviewed performance management and employee survey metrics to ensure that they are not biased against LGBT people. She has also supported the bank’s membership of Stonewall and OUTstanding.

Jim Cowles


Jim is the EMEA CEO of Citi, where he oversees around 31,000 employees. Citi is a highly-regarded company in terms of diversity and inclusion. The company is a sponsor of the London Pride Parade, and a founding member of both the Stonewall Global Diversity Champions Group and the Inside and Out Banking Recruitment Event. As a CEO, Jim has made his position as an ally clear, supporting the creation and promotion of a range of employee networks and championing senior manager diversity training. He has also supported the creation and adoption of more inclusive policies across Citi, such as shared parental leave, which makes parental benefits equal to everyone in the organization regardless of gender and sexual orientation.

Lis Brown

Managing Director

Lis is a Managing Director of Accenture, and a visible, vocal and approachable supporter of LGBT staff. She is the Executive Sponsor of ‘PrideatAccenture’, the A&NZ LGBTI Network in Accenture, and often speaks openly in support of diversity at internal events and training programmes. In addition to this, she has been involved in a number of global campaigns, including Accenture’s “Why Be An Ally?” video. Additionally, lead by Lis, Accenture was ranked joint 14th during the year in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), the fifth year running that they have been in the Top 15 against all other organisations that participate.

Estelle Brachlianoff

Senior Executive Vice President UK & Ireland
Veolia UK

Estelle is the Senior Executive Vice President for UK & Ireland at Veolia. Their 2015 employee engagement survey results revealed that over 70% of their 14,000 staff feel that Veolia values human differences. This reflects the cultural change that they have gone through over the past 18 months to ensure that differences are valued and recognised as a way to engage staff and drive business performance. Estelle is involved in the company’s membership of Stonewall and OUTstanding, and has taken steps to make sure that a member of her Executive Committee has the responsibility of being Equality and Inclusion Champion. Outside of her role, she is involved in a number of networks and round table discussions promoting gender balance in the workplace.

Nancy Ngou

Ernst & Young Advisory Co. Ltd.

Nancy is a Partner at Ernst & Young Advisory Co., Ltd., and the co-executive sponsor of EY’s LGBT and Allies network in Japan. Having been on local and global D&I boards throughout her career, Nancy frequently speaks on the importance of LGBT inclusion, and has been a speaker for Stonewall in the past on the subject of engaging allies. She also leads the first dedicated D&I advisory practice in Japan, advising companies on how to create an inclusive workplace.

John Griffith-Jones

Financial Conduct Authority

John is the Chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and a vocal supporter of LGBT inclusion. He is an official champion of InsideOut, the FCA’s LGBT Network, and makes this known to staff by displaying a ‘Friends of’ badge on the name plate above his desk. In 2014 he participated as a panel member at a session of the Out in the Street European Summit in London, in which he discussed the connectivity of LGBT equality across all aspects of the financial services industry. The FCA is counted among Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers.

Sharon Thorne

Managing Partner Global
Deloitte LLP

Sharon is Managing Partner, Global at Deloitte UK. In 2007 she launched the firm’s diversity networks, including GLOBE, the Deloitte LGBT network. As a member of both the Deloitte UK Executive and the DTTL Global Board, Sharon is a highly visible senior sponsor for GLOBE, and regularly speaks about the importance of authenticity and LGBT equality. Sharon has long been a passionate advocate for diversity and the activities of GLOBE, and has developed a strong profile as an LGBT ally. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of the CBI, through which she has been an advocate for the establishment of LGBT networks at other UK employers.

Christopher Saul

Slaughter and May

Chris is Senior Partner of Slaughter and May worldwide, one of the leading law firms based in London, and a strong supporter of PRISM, the company’s LGBT network. Chris regularly attends internal and external LGBT Network events as an Ally, acts as a mentor and role-model for LGBT staff and encourages all-staff engagement with LGBT issues. He is a champion of D&I and LGBT causes, and has been instrumental in liaising with external organisations, such as the InterLaw Diversity Forum and Stonewall as well as encouraging the firm’s engagement for LGBT causes. He is also a member of the 30 percent club which focuses on gender inclusiveness and equal opportunity in business.

Karin Cook

Group Director, Operations
Lloyds Banking Group

Karin is the Group Director of Operations for Lloyds Banking Group, and is also the Executive Sponsor for sexual orientation and gender identity. She has been instrumental in supporting signature awareness events at the company, and was personally responsible for arranging for Pride flags to fly inside head office sites during London Pride. Karin’s aim is to ensure that Lloyds Banking Group is an employer of choice for LGBT colleagues and is a place where colleagues can be their ‘whole self at work’ with complete trust that sexuality or gender is no impediment to success.

Douglas Lankler

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Doug is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel Pfizer, and leads Pfizer’s legal division. He is an active Ally of LGBT inclusion, and has pushed for a number of reforms in the name of LGBT equality and under his leadership, Pfizer joined the amicus briefs supporting marriage equality in the U.S. Through the Legal Division’s “pro bono” group, Doug has continued to sponsor ongoing funding for GLSEN, a U.S.-based, LGBT-focused nonprofit focused on anti-bullying measures and creating safe schools for all students. He has also provided funding for Pfizer’s participation at New York City-based events for the Human Rights Campaign.

Noel Quinn

Group General Manager

Noel is a Group General Manager for HSBC. He is the founding Executive Sponsor for Pride, HSBC’s LGBT employee network for the Asia-Pacific region, and regularly promotes and attends events organised by the network. He has also supported and funded the creation of an Ally guide to be distributed to employees and has launched local Pride chapters in India, the Philippines, Australia and Singapore. Additionally, Noel was nominated as Executive Sponsor of the Year at the Community Business Hong Kong LGBT Inclusion Index 2015.

Mark Gorry

Chief Nuclear Officer, Region 1
EDF Energy

Mark is the Chief Nuclear Officer for Region 1 at EDF Energy, making him an Executive Director on the board of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd. He is a vocal advocate of LGBT issues, and was recognised by Stonewall as Ally of the Year 2015. Mark is frequently invited to speak as an Ally at various panels and events, and is a sponsor of EDF Energy’s LGBT Supporters Network. He has also been involved in establishing an LGBT reverse mentoring scheme at the company’s nuclear power stations and has begun coaching the LGBT Ally lead at the first station where this is now in place.

Martin Coyd OBE

Regional Head of Health & Safety

Martin is the Head of Health & Safety at Lendlease, and a member of the Regional Leadership Team for Europe. Lendlease were the first construction, infrastructure and property company in the UK to set up an LGBT Employee Group, and actively launched the ‘No Bystanders’ campaign, staged talks and workshops with construction workers and issuing rainbow laces to workers on each of their sites. Martin is also the Chair of the Lendlease Diversity Council, and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.  Martin is also on the Community Board of The Rugby Football League, one of his responsibilities being diversity

Hannah Grove

Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
State Street Corporation

Hannah is the Chief Marketing Officer for State Street (NYSE: STT), one of the world’s leading provider of financial services to institutional investors, with more than 30,000 employees. She is the executive sponsor of the company’s ‘Pride and Friends’ LGBT and Ally network, which was named as a Top 25 Employee Resource Group by Prism International in 2013. She has played a role in globalising the network, which now has chapters in the UK, Canada, Italy, Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as in driving the launch of the network’s global Ally initiative.

Matt Elliot

People Director
Virgin Money

Matt is People Director at Virgin Money, which forms part of the Executive Committee. His position makes him broadly responsible for the effectiveness and well-being of around 3,000 people. As part of his role, he is responsible for the ‘100% You At Work’ strategy, under which he has added diversity questions to the colleague survey, set up a senior leader Diversity & Inclusion Forum, and was instrumental in forming an LGBT network. He has also personally committed to the OUTstanding mentoring programme, signed off VM’s first membership of Stonewall this year and led the sponsorship of Newcastle Pride to both support the event and LGBT profile in the North East, whilst also making clear VM are a welcoming employer.