Audit firms champion LGBT+ role models

Leaders from Deloitte, EY and PwC have been named on this year’s annual role model lists published by Involve, a membership organisation championing diversity and inclusion in business

Now in its seventh year, the four lists cover executives, allies, future leaders and public sector executives.

The Outstanding 50 LGBT+ future leaders list includes Laurie Rutter, a senior consultant with Deloitte, who is ranked fifth.

Rutter has been involved in Deloitte’s LGBT+ network, Globe, since joining the firm three years ago. In that time, they have led on increasing transgender inclusion within the network and across the firm. This has included launching the firm’s gender expression and transition policy and also changing recruitment and onboarding processes to make them easier for trans people.

Jackie Henry, office senior partner for Deloitte in Northern Ireland, is in the Outstanding 50 ally executives list, ranked 36th, highlighting the non-LGBT+ executives who are outspoken in developing and supporting their diverse workforces.

Henry has launched a number of initiatives to promote inclusion with a specific focus on LGBT+ in Deloitte in Northern Ireland. This has included empowering and educating colleagues so they feel confident to bring their whole self to the workplace, the introduction of ‘Toilet for All’ facilities across the Deloitte Belfast campus and leading the firm’s response to calling for marriage equality in Northern Ireland last year.

Richard Houston, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte North and South Europe, said: ‘I am delighted to see our people recognised in this respected list. I’m committed to ensuring a truly inclusive culture at Deloitte, where everyone feels welcome and respected at all times. This commitment goes to the heart of who we are and what we do. I’m proud of how we celebrate and support our LGBT+ people but recognise that we must always strive to do more.’

Also on the Oustanding 50 ally executives list are EY partner Enrique Perez Grovas, ranked at 31, who is an international tax partner and an active member of the EY national tax inclusiveness steering committee, and the steering committee for Unity, the EY LGBT+ professional network.

Jane Steinmetz, EY’s Boston office managing principal features at number 39, while PwC partner Jon Terry is ranked at number 42. He is cited for his work as an active ambassador for Shine, PwC’s LGBT+ network, regularly attending events and encouraging other straight colleagues to do so.

The 100 LGBT+ executives list includes Moriaki Kida, EY Japan COO, who is placed at number 35 and Catherine Vaughan, EY global ethics and compliance and financial crime leader, at number 75. Andy Woodfield, partner, UK chief sales and marketing officer with PwC is ranked at number 84.

As the only out partner at PwC in 2012, he created the firm’s first inclusive business network, GLEE@PwC, based on the idea that employee networks needed to evolve to engage and educate those who are not LGBT+ if they are to be more effective at making workplaces more inclusive and welcoming to LGBT+ employees.

This year’s Hall of Fame features Beth Brooke-Marciniak, former global vice chair – public policy with EY who is recognised for her work both with the firm and globally with the World Economic Forum.

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