On Thursday7th September 2017, OpenLand are delighted to be welcoming Suki Sandhu (Founder & CEO, OUTStanding) and Tim Sigsworth MBE (Chief Executive, Albert Kennedy Trust). The event will start at 6.00 p.m. with Suki and Tim speaking to the forum from 6.30 p.m., this will be followed by Q&A. The venue for this event is Gately plc, One Eleven Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2HJ.
Suki Sandhu (Founder & CEO, OUTStanding - https://www.out-standing.org )
Suki is one of the UK’s leading specialists in sourcing exceptional diverse talent and has been a game-changer within the executive search and diversity arenas for over 14 years. OUTstanding was founded in 2013, to drive the diversification of the boardroom and champion the visibility of senior LGBT+ role models to inspire the next generation of leaders. Empower was launched in 2017 and celebrates ethnic minority role models and equips corporate firms with the knowledge and leadership skills to maintain and develop their BAME talent pipeline. 2017 also saw the launch of HERoes, a unique initiative focused on celebrating female and male leaders working to support gender equality in business.
Suki was awarded the title of ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards and was also named 64th in The Independent’s ‘Rainbow List’ of 101 LGBTQI people who are making Britain better for the community. He is also a Stonewall Ambassador and passionately supports many charities including StandUp Foundation (Ben Cohen), The Albert Kennedy Trust (Tim Sigsworth) and Smartworks.
Tim Sigsworth MBE (Chief Executive, Albert Kennedy Trust - http://www.akt.org.uk )
Tim Sigsworth MBE, is the Chief Executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust (national LGBT youth homelessness charity). Since arriving at The Albert Kennedy Trust in 2007 Tim has taken the charity from a £200k charity struggling to secure income, working across two cities and employing four staff to a £1m+ charity with over 230 staff and volunteers with offices across three cities and working nationally to support LGBT youth.
In 2012 he launched the UK’s first emergency house for LGBT youth (Purple Door project). The project has helped several young people in crisis and saved the public purse £1.5m in two years. This project is also unique for being funded purely through corporate and individual giving.
Tim also has 20 years’ experience of advising government departments/local government, public and private sector bodies on the treatment, care and support of LGBT people; also contributing to several publications.