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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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Speakers:

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    Belton Flournoy
    Belton Flournoy
    Director
    Protiviti
    In addition to being a Director in Protiviti’s Technology & Digital consulting practice, Belton is a Head of Pride in the City for Pride in London where he runs a Mayor backed initiative dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusivity across London businesses. 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 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. 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 is founder of Protiviti UK's LGBT+ group, which won best LGBT+ network in 2019 by the Inclusive Tech Alliance, and in 2020 he was shortlisted as a 'Top 10 Inspirational Leader' by the British LGBT+ awards.
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    Antonia Belcher
    Antonia Belcher
    Director
    MHBCCumming
    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
    Vice President, Head of Consulting
    NTT DATA UK
    As the Head of Impact for NTT DATA UK, I lead our design, technology, data and business consultancy practices, guiding organisations through transformation and change to deliver business value. During my career I have worked in multiple industries including telecoms, pharmaceuticals, FMCG and management consultancy with roles in engineering, production management, consulting, IT management, business operations and sales. I have switched between industry and consulting twice, relishing the different challenges and opportunities that each bring. I’m driven by the opportunity to make lasting change happen for our clients, their teams, their customers and the society in which we live. As such, I believe that putting people at the heart of business transformation is the key to success. This includes creating a working culture at NTT DATA that allows our own consultants to thrive. Here at NTT DATA UK we need to attract, grow and retain the best talent. As an employer we therefore need to be a safe, inclusive and diverse workplace that excludes no one and enables everyone to bring their whole, authentic self to work. As a huge advocate for fairness, equality and opportunity for all; I’m an active member of NTT DATA UK’s Diversity & Inclusion steering committee and proud to be both the sponsor of our LGBT+ Forum and head of our Allies Network.
  • Jane Hill
    Jane Hill
    Journalist & broadcaster
    BBC
    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.
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    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, 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. 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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Michael Wood

Is there a recording available at all? Thanks in advance.

Pierre Gaubert

Hi Michael, the recording is now available