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Executive Allies

In the midst of the year we have had, join us as we explore the role of Executives in building a strong culture of inclusivity through allyship. 

As part of this the session, we will first hear Grace Lordan, who will explore the impact on inclusion that comes by moving to a virtual work force, as described in her recent report, Virtual Inclusion in the City.  In order to understand the obstacles that stand in the way of virtual inclusion for the City of London’s workers she went on a virtual listening tour engaging 35 of the City on London’s most senior leaders and asked the following two questions:

  1. When  thinking of inclusivity when all team members are working at home, can you identify one best practice that you will definitely be using to manage your team?
  2. When thinking of inclusivity when all team members are working at home, can you identify the biggest challenge or obstacle you expect to face with respect to keeping your team engaged in their daily tasks?


We will then hear from a variety of executives who will discuss how they drive inclusion within their organisations, as well as how allyship has had an impact on their career progression.


Jane Hill of the BBC will be moderating this session across a selection of award winning senior executives, including:

  • Antonia Belcher:             
    • Founding partner of MHBC
  • Deon Pillay:                      
    • Head of Marketing Operations, Legal and General Investment Management
  • Tim Bardell:                      
    • Head of Impact for NTT DATA UK
  • Grace Lordan:                  
    • Director of The Inclusion Initiative and Associate Professor in Behavioural Science, LSE

Notes from the study:

  • These leaders came from 16 companies and comprised CEOs and other executive committee members (5), non-executive board (2), income generators - managing director level + or equivalent (15), senior HR (5) and senior non-HR functions (first line of defence, technology, risk and audit) (8).
  • The companies represented were: Aberdeen Standard Capital, Alliance Bernstein, Allianz Global Investors, Citi, CIBC, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ING, J.P. Morgan, Mustard Seed, NatWest, Rathbones, Refinitiv, Standard Chartered, Starling Bank and UBS.

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    Belton Flournoy
    Belton Flournoy
    Managing Director
    In addition to being a Managing Director in Protiviti’s Technology & Digital consulting practice, Belton is founder of Protiviti UK's LGBT+ group, which won best LGBT+ network in 2019 by the Inclusive Tech Alliance. Belton was shortlisted as a top 10 inspirational business leader in 2020 by the British LGBT+ awards, was recently listed as #18 on Yahoo Finance’s Top 100 Future Leaders, #15 on Yahoo Finance’s Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders and was featured on the top UK Black Role models, presented by Google. Belton was co-founder of Pride in the City with Pride in London where he ran a Mayor backed initiative dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusivity across London businesses.  In January 2021, Belton joined The Inclusion Initiative (TII) at the London School of Economics as an Advisory Board Member supporting their three-year innovative partnership programme bringing together research and practice to build more inclusive work environments. He has over a decade of experience supporting clients with deploying strategic solutions across some of the world’s leading financial services institutions, while maintaining a strong passion for ensuring diversity and inclusivity remain high on organisations business agenda.  He is extremely passionate about intersectionality, where he believes it is each person’s role to support other groups who are in the minority – “after all, we don’t want to preach to the converted, we want to educate and inspire people to be more aware and inclusive.” Belton also acts as an adviser to the UK Multicultural network, proCulture. He has experience delivering Cyber Security, Customer Experience, Identity & Access Management (IAM), Spreadsheet Risk and Compliance/Regulatory Risk programs across Europe. He has managed global teams across large organisations, as well as supporting small and medium-sized organisations to implement fit-for-purpose solutions. Protiviti is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach and unparalleled collaboration through consulting solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, analytics, governance, risk and internal audit. Please do not contact me if you require financial support.
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    Antonia Belcher
    Antonia Belcher
    Antonia has 40 plus years’ experience in the construction and property industries and leads her own business that she formed in 2007. Transitioning in 2000/2003 in a very male dominated working environment, where there was no history or visible LGBT influences to draw on, she presses for positive change for LGBT+ good in all business spheres, but especially in her chosen career path of Surveying. A Board Director of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, Diversity Role Models, Terrence Higgins Trust, and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, and advisor to other organisations she particularly seeks equal opportunities for Women/LGBT+ within the Construction Industry, which has of course been a side of business generally slow to react to such. She was shortlisted in 2017 for the Gay Times ‘Success in Entrepreneurship’ Gary Frisch award and in 2018 nominated in the NatWest British LGBT Awards – Inspiration Leader category, and nominated amongst a group of “exceptional surveyors from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)” to celebrate their 150th Anniversary, showcasing significant and positive impact that surveyors have made to society through those 150 years.
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    Tim Bardell
    Tim Bardell
    Chief Delivery & Transformation Officer
    Made Tech
    I am Made Tech’s Chief Delivery & Transformation Officer, heading up our practices in cloud and engineering, digital transformation, data, cyber security, and user-centred design, on a mission to help the public sector deliver world-class digital, data and technology services that make life better for everyone. With a background that spans engineering, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and technology I have extensive experience leading IT delivery and major transformation programmes as a consultant and in various industry leadership team roles. I am driven by the opportunity to make lasting change happen for my clients, their teams and their customers. I believe that putting people at the heart of business transformation is the key to success and have demonstrated this through leading large scale customer management implementations, customer and employee experience projects, salesforce transformations, business integrations and cost reduction activities.
  • Jane Hill
    Jane Hill
    Journalist & broadcaster
    I wrote this profile in early 2020 - world events have since taken over. But I leave it here, in a spirit of optimism: I'm in remission from breast cancer so am trying to rebalance life - spending a little less time in the newsroom and more with the charities and causes I support; plus enjoying the things that are important to me: friends, theatre, cinema, art - and Couch to 5K! At work: I'm generally found on the BBC News at One, as well as the Six & Ten and the News Channel; I particularly love my weekly chat with Mark Kermode on The Film Review. Outside work: personal experience led to my work in the field of diversity & inclusion. For 15 years I've been involved with organisations that highlight the value and importance of inclusion & role modelling. I'm proud to work with, ia, Diversity Role Models and The Albert Kennedy Trust; I've mentored young journalists; and host conferences and projects that help women & girls, and members of all minority groups, attain their potential. I also support health charities that are close to my heart: Parkinson's UK, Breast Cancer Now and Cancer Research UK. I live in London with my wife Sara and our border collie. I’m a Fellow of the British American Project and sit on its Advisory Board, and am an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Deon Pillay
    Deon Pillay
    Head of Marketing Operations
    LGIM, Founding member & Co-Chair at InterInvest
    Deon is the Head of Marketing Operations, Legal and General Investment Management in London and also the Chair of the firm’s L&GBT+Allies network. Outside of the office, he is the Co-chair of InterInvest, a network of investment professionals, that drives LGBT+ equality across the investment management industry. Since arriving in London from his home town in South Africa, Deon started his career in financial services at a private wealth management company in client services before joining LGIM in 2010. Deon is passionate about people, a mentor to others, a life coach and an NLP practitioner who is passionate about personal development. Deon has several notable achievements for his contributions to diversity and inclusion. He is a keynote speaker, sharing his personal experiences to surface LGBT+ issues, a panellist championing diversity and inclusion, committee member of the Diversity Project’s LGBT+ stream and a supporter of Queer Britain. In 2019/2020 Deon was recognised as an LGBT+ Future Leader in the OUTstanding list and also featured in Empower’s Top 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list in both 2019/2020 and a top 10 Diversity Hero at the 2020 British lgbt awards He has also been a supporter of LGBT Great since inception and was the recipient of the inaugural role models award. Being a passionate believer in equality, diversity and inclusion, Deon believes strongly in the power of visible role models and allies and has encouraged others to feature in LGBT Great’s Project 1000. Overall, Deon believes that we all have a key role to play in driving this change and through fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity we can make a difference.
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    Grace Lordan
    Grace Lordan
    Director of The Inclusion Initiative at the LSE & Associate Professor in Behavioural Science
    London School of Economics
    Dr Grace Lordan is an associate professor in behavioural science at the London School of Economics. Grace is also the founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative, a research center at the London School of Economics whose aim is to improve inclusion in firms and provide proof of cost effectiveness. She is an economist by background, and her research is focused on understanding why some individuals succeed over others because of factors beyond their control. In this regard, she has expertise on the effects of bias, discrimination and technology changes. Grace has advised and given talks to large investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds and international conferences. Grace has also led projects to advise commissioners in the UK and policy makers in the EC on the future of skills. Grace’s academic writings have been published in top international journals in economics and the broader social sciences. At the LSE Grace trains executives through her teaching on corporate behaviour and decision making and is the founding director of the MSc in behavioural science.
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