CEO and Co-Founder
Samantha Jayne Nelson
CEO and Co-Founder
Emma Cusdin has over 20 years experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organizations. She is currently a People Director with Aviva and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.
Emma is an openly trans woman, having transitioned in 2009, and she is passionate about raising awareness of trans issues. Emma has spoken at many trans events organized by leading private sector companies. She has been featured in the Financial Times and has written a blog for the Huffington Post.
She recently appeared in the OUTstanding 2016 top 100 LGBT Executives and also OUT at work 2016 top 50 UK LGBT Executives. Emma also sits on the trans advisory group (called the ‘T squad’) for the new start-up LGBT Insurance company, Emerald Life.
Emma co-founded trans*formation, the UK’s largest professional networking organisation for trans* individuals, their friends and colleagues.
Owen is a Senior Researcher and Consultant with Bentley Lewis, an Executive Search and Recruitment firm, specialising in Financial Services and Healthcare.
He graduated from King’s College London with a Masters degree in 2011, the year he also transitioned. Owen is open about his status as a transgender man and is wholeheartedly keen to support Transformation’s mission to educate organisations, inspire change and end discrimination against trans people in the workplace.
Christopher has over 30 years of experience of work in the UK Higher Education sector, where he has held senior roles managing the delivery of student and academic services, in very varied university settings. He has also been an active participant in several professional bodies within the sector, with a passion for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, writing and speaking on EDI themes, but especially LGBT+ issues.Christopher served as the Senior LGBT+ Champion at the University of Greenwich for 5 years, during which time the university became a Stonewall Top 100 employer and the LGBT+ Staff Network was named Stonewall Network Group of the Year 2017. “To be an effective champion for all staff and students who make up the LGBT+ community, I needed to have a knowledge and understanding of all the different dimensions of the LGBT+ acronym and that’s how I became involved with trans*formation. From my first contacts via social media I felt welcomed and from my very first event, the fabulous 1st Birthday celebration, I felt that trans*formation was a place for me. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve been able to take that back to the HE sector. Now is a time for me to put something back into trans*formation”.
Samantha Jayne Nelson
Samantha Nelson is Vice President of Risk Engineering in the Global Energy Practice of Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management and an operating company of global professional services firm Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC).
Prior to MMC she worked in the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry for over 20 years during which time she transitioned. By openly and honestly sharing the story of her extraordinary journey, transitioning in the male-dominated workplace of oil rigs, Samantha serves as a role to the LGBT* community and helps people better understand gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and biological sex.
Her influence has gone beyond MMC and indeed the UK, as she is passionate about LGBT+ rights and inclusion of all aspects of diversity no matter where in the world she travels with work. Her visibility and unquestionable passion for engagement is constantly displayed during her client-facing engineering survey work undertaken globally. As part of her day job Samantha visits offices and offshore oil platforms around the world, in places such as South America, Africa, India, Middle East and the Far East, including countries where LGBT rights are limited and visibility is low.
She has spoken at MMC’s Global Colleague Resource Group leadership summit in New York and at the at the Dive In festival in London, attended Out & Equal in Orlando, and OutLeadership events in London as an advocate not just for Trans* inclusion but as a champion of all elements of diversity.
She has presented at events on D&I, LGBT+ and Trans*Womans issue, for the Vanguard Network, GLOW ‘Gender Identity and Trans Inclusion’ , Mercer ‘Unbundling Gender Identity & Sexuality’, the Royal Society’s very first Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) event.
Samantha has also featured in publications associated with the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa and her work was recognised by the British LGBT awards in 2017 where she was awarded the UK Diversity Champion title.
She is extremely professional, proactive and motivated and is passionate about creating an environment where all people are valued for their diversity, authenticity and journey. Her Diversity and Inclusion achievements are testament to her commitment to engage, educate, involve and bring together the LGBT* community and allies.
Jan is an Senior International and UK HR professional with an established track record in blue chip organisations. High level of expertise and successful delivery at HRD/Senior Management level in change management, HR transformation, and business sale, mergers and acquisitions.
Specialist Reward background (UK and International) covering -salary structures, broad banding, job evaluation, competency pay structures, bonus / commission and incentive plan design and implementation. Development of strategies and practical approaches to performance management and pay reviews.
Specialist Employee Relations experience covering policy development and communication.
Experienced across a diverse range of sectors and cultures in unionised and non unionised environments.
Patrick is the Head of Strategic Insight & Reporting at QVC, the world’s largest TV shopping channel. He has worked with data analysis and customer research for over twenty years in a variety of sectors including retail, financial services, higher education and consulting.
Patrick became interested in Trans* issues during his time as Co-Chair of the Interbank LGBT Forum, a cross-industry group designed to create and sustain a supportive and positive environment for LGBT+ people in the banking sector.
“We were seeing quite a few Trans* individuals coming to Interbank events which, to be honest, often didn’t really work well for them,” he says. “This made me realise that despite a long time working for LGBT visibility and advancement, I really didn’t know that much about the ‘T’ side at all.” This prompted Patrick to co-found trans*formation with Emma and Kimberley.
Kimberley has been an LGBT activist for over 5 years and is one of the co-founders of trans*formation. She has more than 25 years’ experience in IT and Management Consultancy and is currently a Director within the Technology Division of Lloyds Banking Group. During 2016 she lead the project that resulted in Lloyds Banking Group being the first UK owned company that offered inclusive healthcare to it’s transgender and non-binary colleagues. In 2016 Lloyds received various awards for its inclusive actions in the trans space and was ranked by Stonewall as the Best Employer for LGBT people in England, Scotland and Wales.
Kimberley is a past Chair and current Patron of Mermaids, the largest charity in the UK that supports young trans people and their families. She also sits on the advisory board of All About Trans, a project that positively changes how the media understands and portrays trans people.
Kimberley is the Deputy Co-Chair of Rainbow, Lloyds Banking Group’s Diversity Network focusing on the professional development of LGBT colleagues. She speaks at many Diversity & Inclusion events and was ranked at the 75th most influential LGBT executive by the FT in 2015 and at position 90 in 2016.
Pippa / Philip Bunce
Consultant, EY, People Advisory Services
Anjeli Patel is a 30-year-old Indian transgender female. She was born in the Midlands and moved to London at a young age. She works for Ernst & Young as a consultant within people advisory services (PAS). Having worked previously working within financial services at EY, she has enjoyed working over a cross section of industries.
Anjeli is motivated about creating awareness of the issues that LGBT people face in the workplace. Furthermore, she is a member of the All About Trans’ advisory group and OUTstanding’s trans working group. Anjeli was presented with an award from EY on International Women’s Day 2017 under the category “Game Changer”.
She has spoken at Imperial College, at the Stonewall Workplace Conference London and on the BBC Asian network. She is also an active member of Unity (the LGBT staff network at EY). EY are firm believers in “building a better working world”; one of Anjeli’s proudest moments to date has been contributing to EY’s new guidelines on gender identity, expression and transition launched in 2016
As well as formidable accountancy experience and skills, Isabella has something different to offer her clients – an incredible life story. In May 2013, with full support of NLP, she transitioned to Isabella and is now at the forefront of the LGBT business community in London, a prominent member of OUTstanding, a networking organisation for LGBT professionals.
A partner at NLP, Isabella specialises in accounting, auditing, tax planning and financial advice, along with business restructuring and recovery, complex tax enquiries and heads up the forensic accounting division.
Isabella qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980, joined Levy Gee a year later and became a partner in 1985. Before joining NLP, she spent 20 years developing her own private practice, advising a wide range of loyal clients.
A problem solver who is ready to embrace change, she understands the challenges that life – and running a business – can bring and is uniquely placed to offer advice in particular to the LGBT business community. Outside of work she is involved and supports a number of charities including those in the LGBT arena. Other favourite pastimes include cycling, hiking and supporting Arsenal as she is a season ticket holder.
Leng Montgomery is an LGBT inclusion and Trans specialist from the UK engaging and consulting with the private and public sector. He now works for Sainsbury’s. But was previously at Stonewall where he worked mostly on the Workplace Equality Index and worked across a variety of sectors supporting the Diversity Champions. He also speaks regularly and advises the media about Trans* issues. Leng has been listed on the World Pride Power List 2015 for his diversity and inclusion work and has also been listed on The Independent Rainbow lists ‘The Ones To Watch’ for 2014 and 2015. He lives in London and was also the first openly Trans* contestant on MasterChef 2014.
Pippa / Philip Bunce
Pippa Bunce is a Director at Credit Suisse and Head of GM Technology Core Engineering Integration Components. Pips is also the co-chair of the firm’s LGBT & Ally Program which aims to encourage an inclusive work culture where all are encouraged to bring their whole self to work and to promote authenticity in the workplace regardless of gender identity, gender expression or sexuality.
Pips identifies as gender fluid and has always been open and out both personally and professionally – she typically spends half of the week as Phil and the other half as Pippa both at home and at work. Pips has been happily married for over 22 years and Pips and her wife have been blessed with 2 children who are now 20 and 17, all of whom embrace whatever opportunities possible to help promote the acceptance and celebration of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life.
Pips was awarded 4th position in the prestigious Financial Times and OUTstanding LGBT and Ally Executive leader list and has also been shortlisted and nominated in the British LGBT Awards within the Inspirational LGBT leader category. Pips is an active proponent for many diversity and inclusion activities, produces articles for CS and others to help articulate the importance of inclusion in the workplace (including the Trans Q&A Guide and the LGBT Ally Program – Focus on Trans Video),
Pips also works with many mainstream media firms including the BBC and the Financial Times to highlight the importance of Ally programs in progressing LGBT inclusion and on specialized publications such as this BBC documentary talking about gender fluidity in the workplace. She presents to many groups on LGBT inclusion topics and is engaged with many external groups (including Stonewall, OutStanding, OutLeadership GiRes, Trans*Formation, P3 Proud Professional Parents etc.) and other affiliations focused on LGBT challenges and continually strives to improve the culture of society and the workplace for all.
Mx Bunce graduated with a first class BSc Hons degree in electrical and electronic engineering and IT systems and carries out numerous types of charity work for LGBT charities, is a mentor for multiple Trans* groups and is always open to presenting to various forums on a range of LGBT related topics.
Jenny has over 20 years’ experience in technology and currently works as a programme manager at an international NGO. She is also the London City Director for Lesbians Who Tech, Co-chair of the Gay Women’s Network, an author at Gay Star News, an expert for Apps for Good and mentor for Coder Dojo. More recently she joined the steering committee for a new magazine for emerging female writers, Salome. Jenny was featured in the Brummel Top 30 Ones to Watch List in 2016 and was awarded LGBT Role Model of the Year in Jan 2017 by Stonewall.
David Scholz is a senior business development manager and teamleader at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer based in Frankfurt, Germany. He was the first transperson openly transitioning at Freshfields and he supports the firm’s global LGBT+ employees and straight champions network ‘Halo’ as one of the global co-chairs, also acting as the global trans* representative.
David regularly speaks at internal and external LGBT+ events and conferences, focusing on creating understanding and acceptance of trans* people and trans* issues. He engages in Freshfields’ pro bono work for the LGBT+ community and helps trans*formation network and expand in Germany.
Marc is currently part of the RBS global inclusion team, working on all parts of the diversity and inclusion agenda, with a specific lens on LGBT+.
Marc’s career has been as diverse as his current role; firstly graduating Middlesex University with a Drama and Theatre degree, then worked for the Walt Disney company, for 10 years, both in the UK and the USA, then moved on to financial services where he has been for the past 14 years.
For the past 4 years Marc has driven change for Trans* inclusion within RBS for both colleagues and customers, as well as supporting other organisations on their journey. Marc regularly speaks at internal and external LGBT events with a particular lens on trans* inclusion.
Marc is proud to be an ambassador for Trans*formation, and is looking forward to being part of its future.
Tony is a firm believer that everyone should both be comfortable being themselves in the workplace, and doing their best to help others be comfortable. His interest in trans* matters has grown since attending an event in 2012, and has helped organise several awareness events since to help others understand why allies matter so much.