What is Trans*formation?

We are a networking and advocacy group for professionals who identify as Trans* and their friends and supporters.

We seek to connect and inspire Trans* professionals in a safe and welcoming environment and, as our name suggests, work to achieve a real transformation in the standing, openness and wellbeing of Trans* professionals and the companies for which they work.

Directors

Emma Cusdin

Emma Cusdin

CEO and Co-Founder

Owen Francis

Owen Francis

Director

Emma Cusdin

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 Francis

Director

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.

Advisory Board

Patrick Osbourne

Patrick Osbourne

Kimberley Bird

Kimberley Bird

Patrick Osbourne

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 Bird

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.

Ambassadors

Anjeli Patel

Anjeli Patel

Isobella Segal

Isobella Segal

Leng Montgomery

Leng Montgomery

Pippa / Philip Bunce

Pippa / Philip Bunce

Anjeli Patel

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

Isobella Segal

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

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.

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