CHIEF executive of Liverpool-based charity, ADHD Foundation, Dr Tony Lloyd, has been included in the OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Public Sector Executives List, presented by the Financial Times, in recognition of his work to promote workplace equality and drive change in the public sector, and his endless support for the LGBT+ community.
Tony ensures that all staff at the foundation are trained in cultural diversity and the Equalities Act and, as the largest patient-led service for ADHD in Europe, they have a proactive policy to recruit from minority population groups including LGBT+. He is passionate about workplace equality and actively promotes their service as LGBT+ friendly and participates in LGBT+ community activities, such as Liverpool Pride.
Externally, Tony has regularly been invited to speak on diversity at conferences and addressed the UN in Geneva on equality and diversity. He led and raised the funding for 14 groups of young adults on visits to Auschwitz in Poland to educate them about diversity, racism and LGBT+ rights. He also worked as a consultant for Merseyside Police on recruitment of LGBT+ police officers, and actively supports Sahir House – the Liverpool-based HIV charity – who he has been associated with for over 20 years.
Tony joins the likes of Dinesh Bhugra CBE, president of the World Psychiatric Association, Maura Healey, attorney general at Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and Aziz Rashid, head of BBC North West, who all make the top 20 list.
Tony said: “It’s an incredible honour to be named in the OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Public Sector Executives List. To be in the company of such esteemed individuals, who all do great things in support of the LGBT+ community, is deeply humbling.
“ADHD Foundation celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017, so this the cherry on the cake.”
The Leading LGBT+ Public Sector Executives List – compiled by OUTstanding, a leading LGBT+ membership organisation for global businesses – is one of four categories, the others being the Top 100 LGBT+ Executives, Top 50 Ally Executives and the Top 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders lists.
Suki Sandhu, founder and CEO, OUTstanding, said: “These lists exist to challenge the assumption you cannot be out and successful in business, and to highlight the importance of role models in inspiring the next generation of business leaders. By recognising and celebrating those who are leading the charge, the lists demonstrate how far the quest for workplace equality has come. But there is always more to be done. Big business and the public sector have the power and influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion more widely, paving the way for real societal change around the world.”
All nominees were nominated by peers and colleagues, and then reviewed by OUTstanding’s judging panel. Everyone included in the list has given their permission to be included. LGBT+ Public Sector Executives were also in the unique position of being judged by the honourees from the 2016 OUTstanding Hall of Fame. These individuals work in non-LGBT+ focused organisations, and advocate for diversity and inclusion as visibly out leaders, both in and out of the workplace.
To be considered for a place on the list, role models had to be visibly out or a vocal ally, actively working to create an environment where LGBT+ people can bring their authentic selves to work. Nominees needed to be working towards this goal over and above their day job. The nominee’s seniority and influence was taken into consideration.
To view all the lists in full, visit https://www.out-standing.org/nominations/
For more information about the ADHD Foundation visit http://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/ or call 0151 237 2661.