Pride in leadership GatenbySanderson

Pride in leadership interviews coming soon


“You can’t be what you can’t see.”

Our LGBTQ+ affinity group co-chair, David Ward, articulates exactly what inclusivity means to us at GatenbySanderson.

While we are excited to embark on Pride this month – honouring and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community within our organisation and the various public sectors we work across – we also recognise the ongoing journey toward equity needed.

Which is why we will be sharing some incredible conversations with LGBTQ+ leaders and allies across the Education, Not for Profit and Public Sector.

Our Pride in Leadership series features leaders who are sharing the journey they’ve been on personally in their careers, their motivations and strategies in dealing with any barriers and life under the spotlight. Plus, what they and their organisations are doing to foster #inclusivity. We hope that you’re inspired by these conversations and they help to amplify actions and ideas that will contribute to positive change.

Pride in leadership interviews coming soon:

  • Steve Russell, Chief Delivery Officer & National Director for Vaccination & Screening, NHS
  • Sharmila Kar, Joint Director – Equality & Engagement (Manchester Locality/Manchester City Council)
  • Professor Ken Sloan, Vice Chancellor, Harper Adams University
  • James Doble, Chair of LGBTQ+ network at Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Nick Crofts, Chair of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

We also have a joint conversation with Craig Jones MBE, Chair of Fighting with Pride and Ayla Holdom, Helicopter Pilot for the National Police Air Service and an exclusive episode of Local Government Leaders Podcast with Sharmila Kar, Interim Director, NHS NW BAME Assembly.


Previous interviews:

  • Robbie Turner, Director of Inclusion and Diversity at RIBA
  • Lee Marshall, Chief of Staff of the Church of England Pensions Board
  • David Ward, co-chair of our LGBTQ+ Affinity Group at GatenbySanderson
  • Katherine O’Donnell, co-chair of our LGBTQ+ Affinity Group at GatenbySanderson
  • Peter Molyneux, Chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • David Blackburn, Chief People Officer at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme
  • Craig Beaumont, Chief of External Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses.
  • Dr Neil Bentley Gockmann OBE, CEO WorldSkills UK.
  • Wanda Goldwag, Chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel
  • Iain Anderson, Non-Executive at The University of St Andrews and Innovate Finance
  • Ian Adams, Director of Membership & Stakeholder Engagement at NHS Resolution
  • Rob Krzyszowski, Assistant Director, Planning, Building Standards & Sustainability at Haringey Council
  • Dr Ann Limb, CBE, Chair of The UK Innovation Corridor and the Scouts
  • Lisa Wainwright MBE, CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Jan Gooding, experienced NED, coach, speaker and columnist
  • Dinesh Bhugra, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

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