Photographer: Darren Evans
Laila El-Metoui is an education consultant, specialising in social inclusion programmes and Further Education provision.
While managing the Welcome to Tower Hamlets project for new migrants and refugees, Laila revived four staff networks (Women, BAME, Disabilities and LGBT+).
She was also Co-chair of Tower Pride (the Tower Hamlet Council’s LGBTQIA+ and friends staff network) during this time, helping to grow the network from a handful of people to over 100 members. She refreshed the terms of reference, gained formal corporate sponsorship, and proactively sought out more bi and trans, including non-binary, representation within the network, as well as increasing collaboration with other staff networks at Tower Hamlets Council.
Outside her network activities, Laila helped establish the first pan-London LGBT forum for London councils, bringing together over 30 local authorities. She regularly speaks at community events and publishes Further Education LGBT inclusion resources, including for the Rainbow Pilgrims and Twilight People projects.
Having positive role models in your life gives you hope. I was and still am inspired by my own role models. I hope to encourage people to be the change they want to see."