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WorkPride Panel: Mental health – The things we don’t say

The importance of speaking up and admitting you need help is considered a sign of courage in a world that dismisses stress and sadness. For that reason, many people are still constrained when it comes to talking about their feelings and mental health condition, they are afraid of not receiving the support and understanding they truly need. 


The LGBTQ+ community is historically more prone to higher levels of depression and anxiety due to the prejudice and discrimination they face on a daily basis. This panel will discuss the importance of saying how you truly feel, what strategies you can use to express your feelings in an efficient manner and what channels are available to get help. 


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Speakers:

  • Kirstie Storrie
    Kirstie Storrie
    Assistant Director in Operational Excellence
    EY
    “A highly motivated, adaptable and responsible professional with strong interpersonal skills gained through multiple roles within Global Technology over the past 14+ years. A strong and empathetic people manager who plays an invaluable role in several diversity and inclusiveness initiatives. Described as an authentically present and true EY brand ambassador. A people person who gives time freely to help make a better working world for colleagues. Co-Chair of Unity Scotland and Unity Ambassador within EY Technology.” I’m currently working as a Deputy Lead in Optimisation Services / Diversity and Inclusiveness, which is a team focused on identifying and implementing innovative initiatives that will result in either new efficiencies or providing overall improvement to the working experience across all EY staff. Our team has a wide range of knowledge that can be applied to a large variety of customer base. Being in a D&I team and a Unity Ambassador for EY Technology I recently coordinated how EY shows up to Lesbians Who Tech Virtual Pride. This included securing funding for gold sponsorship, working in the virtual recruitment booth and reaching out to prospective candidates. Our goal here was to promote EY as an inclusive firm and this involved a lot of one to one chat with people and long hours in the recruitment booth. I have three direct reports from different locations and work with them as their Lead and their counsellor and am passionate about helping them meet their full potential. This became even more important during the past year and along with other Leads in the team we have established regular touchpoints to ensure our team are thriving and not suffering through what has been a difficult period. I was recently nominated for Unity Awards as a Person with Purpose and Inspirational Role Model. This was a recognition of efforts that I make to work beyond the parameters of my EY role to support and contribute to the Unity Network, and the wider community. I received praise for being inspirational in the way that I think, lead and act. I’m proud that I was recognised as a role model by embracing different perspectives, promoting diversity and uplifting others.
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    Chloë Davies
    Chloë Davies
    Global LGBTQ+ Inclusion & Belonging Consultant
    Chloe Davies is a proud bisexual woman, mother of two, a creative, global inclusion & belonging consultant, chef and entrepreneur. Her work sees her campaigning for inclusion and equality in social spaces, corporate organisations and the wider community. She spent over 15 years working in retail, artist management and PR before starting her own catering company in 2015. Chloe’s most recent role was Head of Training & Engagement (Public & Community) for Mygwork - The global recruitment and networking hub for LGBT+ students, graduates, professionals and organisations who believe in true workplace equality. Overseeing the necessary internal and external conversations surrounding LGBT+ inclusion, training and external consultation. Chloe volunteers with UK Black Pride (UKBP) as the Head of Finance & Governance, working closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees to help shape the future of UK Black Pride. She is the Community Lead for the London Queer Fashion Show - An annual showcase of fashion, identity, and expression, a Trustee for the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre and an Ambassador for Mental Health First Aid England. She describes herself as a mental health survivor, openly discussing her own journey with depression and mental health and advocates on usualising these conversations both in and outside of the workplace. In all of her work, which takes Chloe around the globe, she aims to further connect those within the community while educating allies to continue disrupting and push for increased visibility, understanding and appreciation of the communities she works to serve.
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    Katharine Wadia
    Katharine Wadia
    Trainee Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
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    Anastasia Volkova (she/her)
    Anastasia Volkova (she/her)
    Head of People (HR), CZ
    AB InBev
  • Harry Clifton
    Harry Clifton
    Senior Analyst
    Macquarie Group
    Harry is a Senior Analyst within the Futures Clearing Operations function, part of the Commodities and Global Markets division at Macquarie Group. He started at Macquarie 3 years ago after working for Sainsbury’s and British Airways, in the Specialised Asset Finance division managing Macquarie’s vehicle finance portfolio in the UK before relocating offices to London and the Futures Clearing Operations team 18 months ago. Since relocating, Harry stepped up from a Steering Committee Member to Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Employee Network group in the region, Pride EMEA to further his involvement in the Diversity and Inclusion agenda at Macquarie. Pride EMEA at Macquarie has been established for over 8 years, has reach to our entire EMEA staff contingent of 2500 and has collected many accolades in that time including being a Stonewall Highly Commended Network Group and is crucial in maintaining Macquarie’s position as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for 5 years running.
  • Chelsea Ziegler
    Chelsea Ziegler
    Commercial Insight Analyst
    RS Components
    Chelsea is Co-Chair of the employee-led, SPECTRUM LGBTQ+ community within RS Components. She holds a Masters in Business from Warwick Business School, where she focused on leading and managing change, improving organizational design, and digital collaboration. In her own words, "LGBTQIA+ well-being, outreach, and organizational attitudes toward LGBTQIA+ communities are all topics about which I care passionately. RS has given me the opportunity to raise awareness for those causes within our business by helping to lead SPECTRUM, as well as increase visibility for bisexuals in our community."
  • Jane Cubbin
    Jane Cubbin
    Medical Representative
    GSK
    I’ve been a medical representative working for GSK for 22 years. Married to Ian more 10 years and proud Mum of 4 children. Laura and Adam are my step children, Charlie is my eldest son (19) and Josh (10) is my youngest. Charlie is transgender and Josh is cancer survivor. I am incredibly proud of my brave, courageous children who inspire me every second of every day. At GSK I am I honoured to be part of the Leadership team for SPECTRUM, our LGBT+ employee resource group and part of the project team for Inclusion and Diversity. I am proud to be an active ally. I’m involved in the running and organising of our I&D Let’s Listen sessions and I’m keen to amplify and bring more ally voices to the table.
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