Award winners 2014

Top Scottish Private Employer of the Year


Barclays is Stonewall Scotland’s Top Scottish Private Employer of the Year 2014. Barclays make a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion with a Global Diversity Strategy underpinning all their work on equality. Diversity and inclusion are clearly linked to the core business priorities at all levels of the organisation.

As the Global Lead for Barclays LGB&T agenda, I am dedicated to ensuring Barclays is the ‘Go-To’ bank for customers, clients and colleagues of all backgrounds. Our recognition as Stonewall Scotland’s ‘Top Private Sector Employer’ 2014 for the third year running affirms the progress we are continuing to make in supporting the LGB&T community. Barclays has had a long-standing partnership with Stonewall across the UK and this award pays testament to Barclays growing presence in Scotland and the vital work and support provided by our Spectrum Diversity Network.”

Valerie Soranno Keating, CEO Barclaycard and Global Lead of Barclays LGB&T agenda

 Valerie Soranno Keating

Top Scottish Public Employer of the Year

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

For the second year running the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has achieved the award of ‘Top Scottish Public Sector Employer of the Year’ in the Workplace Equality Index.

COPFS recognise the importance of visibility of senior leaders in championing LGB&T equality due to the significant impact this can have on an organisation’s culture.

“We are delighted to enter the top 30 and once again be recognised as Top Scottish Employer of the Year. Our network group has continued to work closely with colleagues throughout COPFS to increase awareness of the LGB&T community. All initiatives have been well received across COPFS and this demonstrates our continued commitment to LGB&T equality and is consistent with our corporate values of Being Professional and Showing Respect.”

Ruth McQuaid, Procurator Fiscal for Initial Case Processing in the East of Scotland

Ruth McQuaid

Scottish Employee Network Group of the Year

Clydesdale’s Vibrant Network

Vibrant is Clydesdale Bank’s LGB&T network group and has become an integral part of creating an inclusive and positive working environment for LGB&T employees. With over five years’ experience Vibrant has considerably increased its overall membership, maintained a high level of activity and developed a large community of supporters.

“I am delighted that Clydesdale Bank has won the Scottish Employee Network of the Year again this year. It is truly an amazing achievement and is recognition of the hard work of the members of the network who work enthusiastically internally and externally. Having the continued support of senior leaders as well as D&I advocates enables the network to capitalise on our talent and energy, to grow stronger, and to continue to deliver on some remarkable achievements.”

Paul Skovron, Portfolio Release Manager

Paul Skovron

Most Improved Scottish Employer

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) is Stonewall Scotland’s most improved employer of 2014. This award recognises the Scottish employer who makes the greatest improvement against the Workplace Equality Index criteria in the previous 12 months. With almost 122,000 employees spread over various locations in the UK, RBS understand the importance of creating an inclusive environment where all of their staff can feel comfortable and excel in their work.

“Being ranked so highly in this year’s Stonewall Index, as well as achieving the position of Scotland’s most improved employer, is a direct result of a huge amount of hard work from colleagues across RBS. Our placing confirms that we’re on the right track and I believe we’ve developed a much better understanding of how we can work with our LGB&T colleagues and customers to create a really good bank for all of us. We now have a strong foundation to work from and are looking forward to partnering Stonewall, in the coming months, to build on this success.”

Nathan Bostock, RBS Finance Director and LGB&T Exec Sponsor

Nathan Bostock


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