In addition OUTstanding is accepting nominations for straight allies for the first time. These names will make up the first ever Top 20 list of straight executives who are not only sympathetic to LGBT causes but actively and positively promote LGBT diversity at an executive level.
The lists will champion LGBT and straight executives who deserve to be acknowledged for their role in the wider campaign to encourage greater diversity in Britain's boardrooms. Celebrated business leaders will be at the executive level in business (three or four steps from the CEO); a positive and Out (i.e. visible) role model; and/or actively contributing to the LGBT agenda.
Previous inspirational members of the list include Antonio Simoes, Head of HSBC UK, who topped the list in 2013, with Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY coming second and Paul Reed, CEO, BP IST ranking third.
Do you know, or are you, a business leader who is LGBT ? Someone who shows that being open about their sexuality or gender identity need not be a barrier to success? Do you know of a straight colleague who positively and actively supports the cause of LGBT diversity at an executive level ? Then please nominate them or yourself for our 2014 OUTstanding Lists before 5th September 2014 by clicking here.
Suki Sandhu, founder of OUTstanding, said, 'The phenomenal quality of our Top 50 list last year proved you can come out and succeed professionally without being held back by your sexuality. This year’s list looks to recognise both LGBT and straight individuals who are driving the cause forward. At OUTstanding, our hope is this list will inspire others to embrace who they are, paving the way for change in the corporate world so we need you to nominate an authentic leader you’ve been inspired by'.
Lord John Browne (former Group CEO of BP, board member of OUTstanding and author of The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business), said, 'If closeted employees can identify with someone who has been through the closet door and succeeded, then they are more likely to let go of the fears that hold them back. OUTstanding and the Top 100 list provide the role models which demonstrate that coming out at work is both possible and worthwhile. They play a critical role in encouraging employees to dream bigger, aim higher, and to bring their whole selves to work'.