Head of Communications at the Irish National Teachers’ Union, David Geary, is now included in the global list of thirty LGBT+ public sector leaders. The ranking is compiled by OUTstanding, a not-for-profit professional network for LGBT executives and their allies, in collaboration with Yahoo Finance, and aims to recognise the actions of thirty leading executives from around the world, who are helping to make their workplace more welcoming, and have made a significant contribution to LGBT+ inclusion outside of their workplace.
The OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists, supported by Yahoo Finance, are a powerful reflection of the incredible achievements of LGBT+ people in the business community. Lists are published annually, and showcase 100 LGBT+ Executives, 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders, 50 Ally Executives, and 30 Public Sector LGBT+ Executives.
Founder & CEO of INvolve, Suki Sandhu OBE, commented:
“We’re delighted to be celebrating another fantastic group of people from across the globe, who are collectively driving cultural change, and creating workplaces where everyone can succeed. LGBT+ discrimination is still prevalent in a lot of the world’s biggest economies, but highlighting the work of successful role models changes people’s perceptions. They demonstrate that you can be successful and out at work, but most importantly, inspire the next generation of LGBT+ leaders.”
INTO Deputy General Secretary, Noel Ward, added:
“INTO welcomes the recognition given to David, our Head of Communications, through being featured in this list of LGBT+ leaders. The INTO LGBT+ Teachers’ Group is fifteen years old, and has made a huge contribution to realising equal recognition and rights for LGBT+ teachers. These are areas David exemplifies in all that he does through his INTO work and his wider activities for equality. He is a role model in this regard”.
David Geary responded:
“As recent political events have shown us, equality should not be taken for granted, and hard-fought for rights can so easily be eroded. Colleagues across the public sector play an important role in standing up for equality and ensuring inclusive workplaces. I am thrilled to have been recognised on this prestigious list, alongside a host of other names doing incredible things to stand up for diversity and inclusion.”
All of the 2019 Role Models were nominated by peers and colleagues. Nominations were then reviewed by OUTstanding’s judging panel, consisting of: Lord Browne, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy; Ashok Vaswani, Global Consumer and Payments Head, Barclays; Harriet Green, CEO & Chairman, Asia Pac, IBM; Dawn Airey, Independent Director, Grosvenor Estates GBI; Suki Sandhu OBE, Founder & CEO, INvolve & Audeliss; Lianna Brinded, Head of Yahoo Finance UK.