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
After I had left a job, an ex-colleague took me out to dinner – she felt sorry for me because she thought I was all on my own. I was shocked and thought, how can you live a lie like that? How could my closest work colleague not know that I had a partner? I was moving to a new company, and I thought "this has got to stop".Read More
We need to facilitate more honest conversations. Being tolerant of the LGBT community is not the goal. Being silent at work while voicing your views on social media is counterproductive and stagnates the pace of change we can make in the insurance sector. We need to have more awkward conversations where we empower people to speak their mind.Read More
We need to continue to develop role models at all levels, especially those with people management responsibility. It’s not enough to wear a lanyard, consider how you are actually demonstrating support for all LGBT+ colleagues.
We also need to hold people to account for their behaviours and actions – at work we are inclined to focus on the things that we will be rated against. If we want to see change we need to ensure the framework is in place to have a dialogue when it’s not happening.Read More