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WorkPride 2021 Welcome and Keynote Followed by a Celebrity Interview & Opening Panel

According to a recent study by UNAIDS, LGBTQ+ people “had issues associated with their mental and emotional health in a greater proportion than the general population, with manifestations such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, etc.” The situation might have taken a turn for the worse in some cases, as the pandemic made conditions worse by “confinement in solitude or in family groups where they may experience gender violence.” 

11:00am BST: Opening Keynote from Catherine Vaughan, EY

Catherine Vaughan from EY will be delivering this year's opening keynote as we reflect on where we are now, compared to a year ago. Join us to kickstart WorkPride off!

11:10am BST: Welcome keynote by the British Embassy in Spain

11:15am BST: Interview with Daniel Lismore

Join us after our opening keynote by EY for a celebrity interview with Daniel Lismore. Describe by Vogue as 'England's Most Eccentric Dresser', Daniel Lismore is a statement maker with a bold fashion sense. Campaigning on topics such as the environment, sustainable fashion, and the LGBTQ+ community, we are delighted to be sitting down to chat with Daniel about the amazing work he does and we invite you to join us. 

11:35am BST: Panel: COVID-19 rewind - What has been the effect of the pandemic on the LGBTQ+ community?

Finally, we'll be sitting down with our panel to discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on the LGBTQ+ community. COVID-19 has come to change the lives of everyone around the globe, namely in terms of how we work and how we communicate with each other. For LGBTQ+ peers who find it live as their authentic selves, such changes can naturally come with higher levels of stress and anxiety. Additionally, LGBTQ+ people are also known to suffer more from homelessness and unemployment compared to their straight counterparts, circumstances that have also been, to a certain extent, aggravated by the pandemic. We'll be exploring the paths available to us as we recover from this. 

In Partnership With


  • Catherine Vaughan
    Catherine Vaughan
    Global Financial Crime, Ethics & Compliance Leader
    A member of EY's Global Executive team I am responsible for our Financial Crime, Ethics & Compliance teams. Working with internal stakeholders my role is to design and implement policies and procedures to safeguard against financial crime risks. I am also a Partner sponsor to our Unity network, both in Ireland and for our EMEIA Region. I have been involved with Unity for many years now, having been one of the original team to start the chapter in Ireland, 10 years ago. As an out partner I am committed to LGBT+ inclusion throughout EY and the ecosystem in which we work.
  • Nicky Burr
    Nicky Burr
    Associate Director
    Nicky is an experienced Information Architect, specialising in data modelling, taxonomies, ontologies and master data management at an enterprise level. Nicky has worked at EY for nearly 10 years, providing cutting edge markets analysis to global leaders and support to client-facing teams.
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    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Business Development Director
    Michelle Raymond is the Business Development Director at myGwork, a global networking hub and job board for LGBTQ+ professionals and graduates. In addition to being a public speaker and D&I consultant, Michelle is also an accomplished musician who performs under the artist name ‘Michi.’ She has graced the stage with some of the biggest names in music today including Miley Cyrus, Meghan Trainor, DJ Marshmello, Rita Ora, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
  • Patrick Mispagel
    Patrick Mispagel
    MD Sustainable Finance
    Patrick Mispagel is Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Moody’s ESG Solutions. Serving the growing market demand for trusted reviews of organizations’ sustainability credentials, Patrick is responsible for the business unit’s Sustainable Finance product suite globally – including Sustainability Ratings, Second Party Opinions (SPOs) and Green Certifications. Patrick also oversees Outreach & Research – the team of ESG experts delivering market-leading and timely research, opinions and analysis to the broad spectrum of ESG domain market participants. He also leads the unit’s data operations function to best ensure client demand for superior and reliable ESG data is successfully met. Patrick joined Moody’s Investors Service in 2001 and has held various senior analytical positions spanning Corporate Ratings, Project & Infrastructure Finance Ratings and Public Finance in the firm’s New York, Hong Kong and London offices. Patrick is an active steering committee member of Moody’s EMEA Pride Business Resource Group.
  • Emma Fay
    Emma Fay
    Director of Education
    Just Like Us
    I was an English Teacher in secondary schools in London for several years before joining the charity sector. Experiencing school as an LGBT+ young person and then going on to support students as a teacher motivates me to champion LGBT+ equality and education. I previously worked as the Head of Innovation and Development at a national volunteering charity.
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    Laila (She/Her) Howard
    Laila (She/Her) Howard
    Head of Customer Success
    Laila Howard is the Head of Customer Success at myGwork. myGwork is the business community for LGBT+ professionals, graduates, inclusive employers and anyone who believes in workplace equality. Laila’s goal is to help her customers connect, network + thrive. Before joining the company, Laila created talent marketing strategies for a large portfolio of clients across several industries. LGBTQ+ equality has always been a personal and professional passion of hers.
  • Aiden Malone
    Aiden Malone
    Senior Director Population Health
    I am a member of Cerner’s European Population Health team which delivers data driven transformation technology and services to large health and care organisations/health networks. At its core, population health is about shifting the focus of the health care system from treatment to prevention, and predicting who may become sick to minimise the impact where possible. As part of this, we explore inequalities of how health & care are accessed and delivered. COVID has created huge challenges, and in the UK has directly exposed inequalities within the LGBTQ+ community: I refer to the LGBT Foundation and the Academic Health Science Network’s report LGBT Foundation - "Why LGBT People are Disproportionately Impacted by Coronavirus ". Within Cerner, I am taking part in expanding a range of DEI initiatives. My focus also includes looking at ways we can start to address these health and care inequalities. A key success factor is creating a more inclusive DEI environment where we can leverage our knowledge and expertise within Cerner to raise awareness and find solutions to these inequalities. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’m keen to collaborate on these topics with others from this network.
  • Claire Sherwin
    Claire Sherwin
    Head of People Services, Technology and Strategic Projects
    A passionate HR professional, with both consulting and in-house experience. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work in a broad set of sectors, but over the last 4 years I have focused in the Tech / Software sector. I love working to attract and retain amazing, innovative and inspiring leaders, and I also have a particular passion for crystal ball gazing, and always making sure that People Functions have one eye on the future, and are building cultures, organizational structures and making talent decisions to ensure a prosperous future for the organization and its people!
  • Tim Hemmings
    Tim Hemmings
    Deputy Head of Mission
    British Embassy in Spain
    From June 2016, Tim has been Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Madrid responsible for the overall management of the Embassy with particular focus on Political, Economic and Communications issues. As a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Tim has worked in a range of positions related to Europe and the European Union, including positions in Brussels at the European Commission and also the UK Permanent Representation office to the EU. From 2009 to 2012 Tim worked as Head of Policy for the Wales Office.
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