The Stonewall Workplace Conference, supported by EY, took place in Leeds on Friday 16 September.
We were joined by over 200 people from across the public, private and third sectors to learn and share the latest best practice on creating an inclusive workplace for all of their lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) staff.
Some of the feedback from delegates:
"This was an excellent conference - interactive, useful, friendly, honest"
"One of the most inspirational days I have ever attended. Leaving with a mass of ideas to take forward and help improve my involvement with clients at work"
"Excellent sessions and an exemplary choice of diverse panellists"
- Senior business leaders
- HR and diversity professionals
- Employee Network Group chairs
- Line managers
- Procurement specialists
Chief Executive, Stonewall
Ruth Hunt is the Chief Executive of Stonewall. Ruth was appointed in August 2014, having worked in senior positions in the organisation since 2011. She has successfully led the development of Stonewall’s groundbreaking policy, campaigns and research outputs, including its work to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, effective interventions to improve the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and Stonewall’s acclaimed leadership development programmes.
Since taking on the leadership, Ruth has committed to bringing Stonewall even deeper into communities, engaging with groups from different ethnicities, religions and geographies – both in the UK and abroad.
She has also spearheaded Stonewall’s commitment to campaign for trans equality; a decision that will shape Stonewall’s work going forward. This historic move followed an extensive consultation with over 700 trans people and will see Stonewall use its platform and experience to help create real change for trans people.
Ruth attended St. Hilda’s College, Oxford where she studied English and was elected President of Oxford Student Union. Prior to Stonewall, Ruth worked at the Equality Challenge Unit, where she led work advising Higher Education Institutions on sexual orientation and gender identity equality.
In 2015, Ruth was voted the third most influential LGBT person in Britain in the Independent’s Rainbow List. She received two honorary degrees in 2015, one from Cardiff University and the other from Keele University.
Equalities Manager, National Probation Service
Megan is an Equalities Manager in the National Probation Service (NPS) and passionate advocate and campaigner for the trans community. She supports several local and national charities including Mermaids (families), Diversity Role Models (young people) and All About Trans (advising media). She informs Probation & Prison trans policy and co-created online communities TransWorkersUK and TransGirlsCan to promote inclusion for trans people in employment and sport. Megan regularly talks publicly, particularly in schools and prisons and as her trade union LGBT representative. She has been interviewed by Runners World, VICE, Total Jobs, The Independent, BBC Radio and gave evidence to the Government's Trans Inquiry. In 2015, she was a finalist in the National Probation Champion Awards, received a National Diversity Award and was featured on the Independent on Sunday's Rainbow List.
Megan transitioned at work and was the first, and still the only, visible trans person in the Midlands region. She has shared her experiences with thousands of colleagues across the NPS, National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and Ministry Of Justice, and supports practitioners managing trans service users around the country.
Megan is a keen runner and cyclist and is running her fifth marathon in Amsterdam in October for Mermaids. An eternal optimist and positive thinker, she lives by her motto, "Life is beautiful when you live it on your own terms. Be yourself."
Consultant, EY, People Advisory Services
Anjeli Patel is a 29 year old Indian transgender female. She was born in the Midlands and moved to London at a young age where she now works for Ernst & Young as a consultant within people advisory services (PAS). Having spent two years previously working within financial services at EY, she has enjoyed working over a cross section of industries.
Anjeli is motivated about creating awareness of the issues that LGBT people face in the workplace. Furthermore, she is a supporter of trans*formation (a networking and advocacy group for professionals who identify as trans* and their friends and supporters).
She has spoken at Imperial College, at the Stonewall workplace conference in London and on the BBC Asian network. She is also an active member of Unity (the LGBT staff network at EY). EY are firm believers in “building a better working world”; one of Anjeli’s proudest moments to date has been contributing to EY’s new guidelines on gender identity, expression and transition, which launched this year.
She will be speaking about her own journey as a transgender female, coming out, finding work and how she addressed the challenges she has faced gaining acceptance from certain members of the wider community.
Stonewall Diversity Champion rate: £190+VAT
Standard non-member rate: £240+VAT