Top 10 Diversity Champions - 2016

This category recognises the achievements of individuals who have used their position within their organisation, for example as an executive, employee or diversity network lead to make an impact on diversity.

John Holland-Kaye – Chief Executive Officer, Heathrow (UK)
John became Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd in 2014.  Heathrow is now rated by passengers as the best airport in Western Europe and one of the top 10 airports worldwide. John’s focus as CEO is on making Heathrow a great place to work for his 74,000 employees, transforming passenger experience and building strong relationships with local communities, something which is supported by The Heathrow Academy, an initiative that recruits and develops talent from the neighbouring communities, helping local people build careers irrespective of their background.

John Kurtz – Partner and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, A.T. Kearney (Australia)
Partner and Global Head of D & I at A.T. Kearney, US-born Kurtz has lived in Asia for +20 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles within the firm. He’s led the firm’s efforts in hiring, supporting and promoting those with diverse backgrounds, with a particular emphasis on improving the gender balance. Kurtz is also involved with the World Economic Forum’s committee on gender parity, and is widely published.

Mark McLane – Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays (Global)
Mark McLane is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) for Barclays, responsible for driving the global D&I strategy through strategic leadership of business-cluster plans, embedding global agendas to drive effective results, and aligning business metrics to the goal of becoming the ‘Go-To’ bank. Prior to Barclays, Mark was the Director of D&I for Booz Allen Hamilton. While there he leveraged the inherent differences within Booz Allen’s workforce and implemented a firm-wide diversity strategy. Mark was also the Chief Diversity Officer for Whirlpool Corporation. Under his leadership, Whirlpool implemented a global D&I strategy positioning them as a recognised industrial leader. He is a member of the Hidden Brain Drain for the Center for Talent Innovation, the global leadership council at Diversity Best Practices and co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign Executive Diversity Council.​

Marta Lamas –  Employee Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Lead EMEA and Latam, BT Global Services (Global)
Marta Lamas is the Employee Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Lead EMEA and Latam for BT Global Services. In her role, she has brought about significant change in progressing diversity issues through a number of initiatives. As an Empower Women Global Champion, she promotes the #HeforShe movement in Spain and Latin America, while also working to give more visibility to LGBT+ community awareness of violence against women.

Payal Vasudeva – Managing Director, Accenture UKI Talent and Organisation Lead, Accenture (UK)
Vasudeva’s dynamic policies have pioneered pro bono consulting work with Refuge, a UK charity that helps victims of domestic violence. Her ‘Strategy SuperStars’ programme champions and rewards employees promoting I&D. She is part of the Supplier Diversity mentoring programme and has created a network of leads and champions from all parts of the business, promoting I & D as a core part of the People Strategy for Accenture.

Samantha Jayne Nelson – Vice President of Risk Engineering in the Global Energy Practice, Marsh (Global)
Vice President, Risk Engineer in the Global Energy Practice of Marsh (MMC), Global Co-Chair of Pride@MMC and also an Executive director of Trans*formation UK, a community group which undertake activities to end discrimination and promote the welfare of Trans* and non-binary people. Passionate about human rights and inclusion of all aspects of diversity, her visibility and unquestionable passion for engagement is constantly displayed during her client-facing engineering survey work undertaken globally. Visiting offices and offshore oil platforms around the world, in places such as South America, Africa, India, Middle East and the Far East, including many countries where LGBT rights are limited and visibility is low. A regular speaker at events as an advocate not just for Trans* inclusion but as a champion of all elements of diversity, she also developed the concept of the Marsh & McLennan Companies #InThisTogether  annual event, focused on diversity, race, disability, and mental health.

Sander van ‘t Noordende – Group Chief Executive, Products - Accenture (Global)
Sander van't Noordende is the Group chief executive of Products at Accenture Consulting, which serves clients in the consumer goods and services, retail, life sciences, travel, industrial equipment and automotive industries. He is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee and a Board member at Avanade, a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture. Van ’t Noordende is openly gay — and has been since he joined the firm in 1987 at the age of 24.

Susan Allen – Head of Retail Distribution, Santander (Global)
Susan Allen joined Santander in 2015, with over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry.As a strong advocate for diversity in teams, Susan was involved in the creation of the Focused Women’s Network for RBS in 2005, and was the founding sponsor. Susan is also the Executive Sponsor of the Santander LGBT network and a member of the Advisory Board of Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF).

Tony Tenicela – Global Leader and Managing Business Development Executive, IBM Corporation (USA)
Tony Tenicela is the Global Leader and Managing Business Development Executive for IBM, overseeing the company’s efforts to create workforce diversity and serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) markets, while consulting with business clients around the world looking to leverage diversity for business growth. Tony is recognised by both multinational corporations and emerging enterprises as a thought leader in the areas of diversity strategy, social media, collaborative environments, workforce transformation, and innovation strategy.

Vittorio Colao – CEO, Vodafone Group (EMEA)
​When Vittorio Colao joined Vodafone as Group CEO in 2008, he put diversity at the core of the business. What began with improving working conditions for female employees, resulted in Vittorio being named by the Financial Times as HERoes #1 UK male Champion of Women in Business 2017. Vodafone’s global maternity policy across all its markets includes a minimum of 16 weeks fully-paid maternity leave, while new mothers returning to work are offered a 30-hour week on full pay for the first six months. The company are now focusing on their Global LGBT+ strategy, while internally an annual survey shows that 89% of its workforce feels “respected and included”.

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