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Google’s diversity chief leads short-list for Gay Oscars

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Google’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe has been short-listed for a top award in recognition of his efforts to promote opportunities for LGBT people in the workplace. London based Palmer-Edgecumbe, who before taking up his role at Google was Global Head of Diversity at Barclays, is nominated for the Inspirational Role Model gong ahead  Out in the City  and G3 magazine awards which will take place in April. 

Palmer-Edgecumbe is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on diversity and equality issues. Last year he was ranked amongst the top 25 influential LGBT people globally on the World Pride Power List.

The Out in the City Awards and G3 magazine awards aim to recognise outstanding commitment to promoting equality and diversity in relation to the LGBT community.

Other business leaders vying for awards include HSBC’s Antonio Siomes, PwC’s Andy Woodfield and Richard Beavan of Lloyds Banking Group.

Chris Sullivan from RBS, Curt Hess of Barclays and Societe Generale’s Ian Fisher have all been short-listed for the Corporate ‘Straight Ally of the Year’ accolade which recognises non-LGBT management who have taken positive action to support LGBT employees.

Awards organiser Sarah Garrett said:“The Out in the City Awards offer an important opportunity to recognise the people who work every day to make sure that sexual orientation isn’t a barrier to success. All of those short-listed have a solid track record of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. They would all make very deserving winners.”

Dubbed Britain's 'gay Oscars', the Out in the City and G3 awards will also pay tribute to gay celebrities and people in the public eye. 

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