Carl Edwards is a Design Technician at Severn Trent.
He founded the LGBT+ network at Severn Trent in 2017 and took the bold step to share his personal coming out story with his whole company on National Coming Out Day.
Since setting up the network, Carl has worked tirelessly to increase LGBT inclusion in his workplace. Personally, he has reviewed all key policies to ensure they are LGBT inclusive, created a trans inclusion guide, and worked with the Employee Assistance Programme to ensure they provide LGBT support and advice. He also influenced senior leaders to make LGBT inclusion a priority, joining the Diversity Champions programme, and has facilitated internal and external LGBT+ coffee mornings.
Outside the office, Carl led and co-ordinated Severn Trent’s attendance at the Birmingham and Coventry Pride events, and outside work, he has set up an LGBTQ+ Inclusive rugby team, the Coventry Corsairs RFC, with his friend.
Over the last three years I’ve been able to create an LGBTQ+ network group, had a company-wide impact on policies, people and processes, and I’ve been involved in the creation of an LGBTQ+ Allies programme.
My journey would not have been possible without the amazing support of colleagues Alison Smith and Natasha Haywood, who have worked just as hard and long and are also outstanding role models, inspiring others and for anyone to aspire to be.
Knowing we have a more inclusive workplace now not only makes me proud of this accomplishment and award, but also proud to work for Severn Trent.”