BL Pride

We advocate equality of opportunity and a work environment that respects, welcome and supports LGBT professionals, enabling them to bring their whole selves to work and empowering them to perform to their fullest potential. The resulting diversity of thought helps us create Places People Prefer.

Our committee

Heather Barker

Julian Barker

John Czernobay

Jackie Janssen

Bryn Laxton-Coglon

Lucy Murie

Paul Macey

Charles Middleton

Sasha Millar

Louisa Miller

James Pinkstone

Ben Rowlands

David Watts

Gemma Wilson

Eleanor Wright

Get in touch with us: BLPride@britishland.com

Achievements

  • Over 50% of employees are active members of the network
  • Corporate sponsorship of The Albert Kennedy Trust’s Purple Door Project. In 2015 BL agreed a three year commitment to fund a room at the AKT Safe house. This project was created to take young LGBT people off the streets and out of danger. Young people can stay at the house for up to three months while specialists work to find long term solutions.
  • BL Community Day project at AKT safe house. Our volunteers redecorated the bedrooms and the bathrooms at the property.
  • Chris Grigg recognised as a leading LGBT Ally by Outstanding.
  • Participation in London Pride parade.

In addition, we were delighted to have Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE from Channel 4’s ‘The Stranger on the Bridge’ present to us in June 2017 about the issue of mental health.

Aims and Ambitions

BL Pride seeks to deliver the goals of the company through:

  • Providing a supportive, professional forum to promote networking, mentoring and a sense of community.
  • Increasing awareness of BL Pride to encourage greater inclusion within the company.
  • Advocating on diversity issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity within the company.
  • Assisting HR and British Land’s leadership as an information resource on LGBT matters.
  • Attracting, developing and retaining LGBT employees.
  • Ensuring equal treatment for LGBT employees.
  • Providing a support network for employees with LGBT friends or family.
  • Fostering a professional workplace that allows people to feel at ease and be themselves.
  • Enhancing British Land’s customer and industry reputation with respect to LGBT diversity.

We will also be participating in the London Pride parade this year, in partnership with AKT who we are sponsoring, and are in the process of planning a number of Cinema Screenings at our assets.

Awards and Recognition

Chris Grigg has been recognised for his commitment to equality in the workplace by Outstanding in their 2016 Leading 50 Ally Executives list for the second year running.

Chris has been clear in his messaging to British Land staff; we need to do more to promote all forms of diversity and that any discrimination or prejudice will not be tolerated. He sponsored the formation of BL Pride and over 50% of employees are now active members of the network and they marched in the London Pride Parade for the first time in 2016.

Under Chris’ leadership BL promote LGBT inclusion internally with presentations at staff meetings, events and communications celebrating key the LGBT community including LGBT history month, IDAHOT day and Pride month and via their corporate sponsorship of the Albert Kennedy Trust. Chris has also participated in industry panels on diversity helping to raise awareness of the importance of creating an inclusive and diverse property industry; a topic which he also frequently covers in his blog.

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