I have lived and worked all over the world. I only came to live in the UK in my early teens – going to a boys boarding school near Cambridge. I was one first girls to go into the school. I was different as I had moved from Jamaica – I had a Jamaican accent, never worn a school uniform let alone shoes and I had been home schooled before I arrived in the UK.Read More
I have family members and many friends who are part of the LGBT community and from a very early age I have heard many different stories, and experiences that people have had when coming out or being around people who are not tolerant and to me it has never entered my head that anyone should be treated differently just because of who they are. When I had the chance to be involved with Pride I jumped at it as I knew how passionately I felt about making a difference and now was the chance to do so.Read More
I joined our diversity and inclusion steer co 18 months ago. It became very obvious to me at this point **cliché alert** that I had to be the change I wanted to see. We all have a part to play in inclusion. I think it’s easy to assume that someone else is taking care of it.…that it should sit with HR or the leadership team and those were my thoughts until I got my position on that committee. But actually we are ALL responsible and that makes us all role models. We all need to display good behaviours in order to continue to drive an inclusive culture.Read More
How did I get to be where I am today? An enormous amount of luck – inspiring colleagues, patient clients, great leaders, shared values.
For the record, before entering this industry my previous job was a road sweeper. In May 1984 I moved to London, no flat, no job, no connections and an overdraft – could have been tricky!Read More
Have the courage to know yourself deeply, meet as many people as possible while staying true to your ideas, values nd feelings.
Work on what you are passionate about and do not keep silent about anything you want to say. Trust in good people, avoid toxic ones.
Focus on what you do and what it means, rather than on what you have or how much you make.Read More
Encourage people to be as open and honest and encourage conversations to take place. The more open and inclusive we are as a company the more people will feel truly able to bring their whole selves to work.Read More
Attending the Out and Equal Seminar in the Summer of 2017 in London provided me with guidance on positive role modelling and steps that can be taken to show case being an Ally and for the benefit of those around me.Read More
Advice for my younger-self: Although money is a big incentive, it isn’t everything. Don’t just do a job for what it pays: I’d rather come to work happy every day that hate what I do. You spend the majority of your week at work, why would you want to spend that time feeling miserable.Read More
A culture of acceptance and openness, with the focus on creativity for the business, is at the top of my list of why I would want to work for a specific company. From a gender perspective and an LGBT lens I think there is still a way to go to really turn positive feelings and acceptance into practice. One of the best things about the environment in the London Market is the people and I see relationships that get forged over many years based on mutual respect and admiration.Read More
There are a few people that stick out in my memory for being great role models. I think the best people I have met have all had the following in common. They have been great at including people in their work and making sure that they are contributing. They also are the first to admit that they got it wrong sometimes. However, they learned from the experience and apologised. Good role models that I have had also knew exactly what they brought to the table and how they were able to help. I think that understanding who you are and what your values are is incredibly important.Read More