LGBT Officers position is currently vacant, if you are interested in this position please contact the branch.


Hi Colleague,

LGBT+ at Work Digital Conference | Broadcast Live | Thursday 8th July 2021

Westminster Insight’s LGBT+ at Work Digital Conference will feature inspiring leaders from Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2020 and OUTStanding Role Models who will share actionable advice to help you progress your inclusion journey, and embed LGBT+ diversity across your organisation. 

Join us to gain key insights on how to set meaningful targets, measure the impact, and achieve a diverse workplace where everyone can thrive. 

Expert Speakers:
•       Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive, LGBT Foundation
•       Ian Adams, Director of Membership and Stakeholder Engagement, NHS Resolution OUTStanding LGBT+ Executive 2020
•       Liz Ward, Director of Programmes, Stonewall
•       Charlotte Bailey, Executive Director of Organisational Development and People, Central and North West London, NHS Trust – Stonewall’s Top Health and Social Care Organisation 2020
•       Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Global & UK (Inclusion & Diversity) Relationship & Membership Development Manager, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion
•       Ronika Cunningham, Engagement Manager, Home Group Stonewall’s 18th Top Employer 2020
•       Becky Leonard-Dixon, Engagement Advisor, Home Group Stonewall’s Regional Role Model of the Year 2020
•       Arlene McDermott, Portfolio Director, London Stock Exchange Group, OUTStanding LGBT Role Model 2020, Pride Power List 2020, Visible Lesbian 100 List 2020
•       David Blackburn, Chief People Officer, Financial Services Compensation Scheme, OUTStanding LGBT Role Model 2019
•       Charlotte Jackson, Group Head of Resourcing Policy & Expert Services People Group, Ministry of Justice Stonewall's Top Government Organisation 2020
•       Karen Harvey-Cooke, Organisational Development Manager, Chair of Enfys the LGBT+ staff network, University of Cardiff Stonewall's Top Education Organisation 2020

Key Points:
•       Developing inclusive processes and policies to promote equal opportunities and a diverse workforce
•       Breaking down everyday barriers, challenging stigma and using inclusive and identity-affirming language
•       Leadership matters - the importance of role models, visible leadership and leading by example
•       Best practice in allyship and advocacy - fostering open conversations, effective employee resource groups and reverse mentoring
•       Guidance and resources for staff and leaders to support LGBT+ employees

Conference Details:
Thursday 8th July 2021
09:00 - 13.00
Broadcast Live

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Kind regards,


Heather Robson
Westminster Insight
t: 0345 647 9000

Against a backdrop of a rise in hate crimes, UNISON has launched new guidance on how LGBT+ members can be supported

Minutes of the Cymru Wales LGBT Self-Organised Group Meeting

May 17th, 2019 at Holiday Inn Cardiff.

Attendance: - Sharon Merryman-Rees, Ryan Williams, Pat Jones, Karl Whitehead

 Carol Merryman-Rees, Neil Kowalski-Davies, Aled Gustafson, Joy Coughlan, Lianne Silcox. Sian Stockham, Tanya Palmer, Stephen Stockham, Ian Horsburg.

Apologies: - Martin O’Sullivan Prismick, David Coleman, Martyn David. Richard Tanswell.

Regional Secretary

Before the meeting officially started Tanya Palmer explained that she was the acting Regional Secretary and she was here to support all the equality groups and try to help us in any way she could to be more involved with Unison.

Sian Stockham was invited along, and she told the group about her role as the National Committee representing Cymru / Wales and participated in meeting.

Confirmation of previous minutes: - confirmed by AG, CM-R

Guest Speakers: - Cymru/Wales Young Members Forum. Unfortunately, couldn’t attend. He sent a report about Respect Your Youth a charter for young workers in Wales and AG explained the report for the group.

Matters arising: - All Matters Arising on Agenda

Finance/Budgets:   RW reports LGBT £6666.50 LGBT, Mardi Gras £1811.00, GPF £8000 to spend balance to be given back if not spent. Letters have been sent to branches to ask for donations. We have received some donations already. It was explained that we must purchase everything via Unison suggested companies i.e. TC Branding Group. Anything bespoke must be agreed by Dominic McCaskill. 

Campaigns/Events & SOG LGBT Action Plan: - As a result of England Education Announcing schools don’t have to give same sex education.  It was suggested to write a motion to Regional Council about same sex education in schools in Wales for them to take to the Welsh Assembly because Wales have announced their curriculum to promote but not mandatory same sex education. 

IH suggested that we look at Alzheimer’s and dementia and how care is given to the LGBT+ community he has done some work under LGBT+ care will send email to RW.

 National Delegates Conference & National LGBT SOG WTUC: - National Delegates LGBT Conference 15-17 November in Bournemouth. Regional Reps for LGBT Conference three members of the group names were put forward Adele King, Carol Merryman-Rees, Neil Kowalski -Davies. Carol and Neil were chosen as reps for this year’s Conference. Motions need to be submitted by 27/7/19. So, we will be working on these outsides of meetings to try and get something submitted.  Dementia, Relationship Education and Gender-neutral toilets have also be suggested as motions added to the ones, we worked on at the last Development weekend.

Regional Council: - NTR

Pride Events: - Llantwit Major pride PJ to follow up, Llanelli Pride, AG to contact Rachael Middleton -James about this AG to report back. Abergavenny July 6th Sian and AG. TUC LGBT Conference July 4th. Merthyr Rising NW-D will be attending. Royal Welsh Show 22-25 July. Any volunteers please contact RW

 RW reported that he hasn’t had a response from Swansea local government branch / organiser about meeting up with us. They didn’t even contact us about the items we said we would provide for them for Swansea Pride.

Pride Cymru: - RW emailed the organisers they said that they were unaware of some of our concerns. PJ spoke to Pride committee about issues again they said they were unaware of them. We agreed to attend this year and see if there are similar problems this year then we will review it again. Freebies suggested to purchase are card holders, lanyards, silicone wrist bands, mugs, paper carrier bags, rainbow stress brains, cool bags.  

CM-R sourced prices and places to purchase a flag for the group with our Logo. Also provided samples for the group to see and it was agreed to purchase 6 light weight 10mx3m and 5mx3m flags with our logo and purple flags. 

Affiliations: - ILGA 

Reports from Branches: -

KW: - British Gas Branch are holding events for LGBT Pride History month. Also, a recruitment drive.

PJ: - Ymlaen have had elections within the branch and have some new officers in place. Also held an unconscious bias event which was very successful.

NK-D: - His branch is having a stall during LGBT History Month. He is vice chair of the Equality Liaison Committee  



 My notes are not very clear so I will be interested to see if anybody got anything to add to any other business please.


Next meeting time and place to be confirmed.

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