Tamoor Ali, Chair
Tamoor is a Crude originator and works in BP’s Supply and Trading business based in the UK. He has been with BP for over 12 years and has worked in several business development roles across BP Upstream in North Africa, India, Trinidad and Tobago as well BP Treasury. He is actively involved in BP Pride and InterEnergy network to make Oil & Gas an inclusive environment for everyone. Tamoor was also featured as Stonewall Role Model of the year in 2015 and featured in the financial times Top LGBT list IN 2017.
Tamoor joined the Diversity Role Models Board as the Treasurer and has been the chair of the board since 2017.
Antonia is a founding Partner of MHBC which was established in early 2007, and has 40 plus years’ experience in the construction and property industries.
Antonia transitioned in 2000 in a very male dominated working environment, where there was no history or visible LGBT influences to draw on. She regularly accepts pro bono appointments on the basis of possibly influencing positive change for Women/LGBT good in areas that relate to entry, education and career path possibilities in her chosen career path of Surveying.
She has been recognised five years running as one of the OUTstanding/Financial Times Top 100 LGBT Business Executives, in 2014 thru to 2018, recognising her commitment to creating a fair and inclusive workplace, and was in 2016 recognised as one of the City’s most inspiring women in the City A.M. Power 100 Women List, being one of the 10 women listed in the property section.
Catherine is Director of Income Generation for Hospice UK. She oversees the fundraising and commercial operations for the national charity and is also responsible for identifying and developing income generation opportunities for the wider hospice sector. In recent years Catherine led on developing the hospice sector’s first national fundraising and awareness campaign ‘Open Up Hospice Care’, which returned for a second time in March 2019.
Catherine joined Hospice UK from LGBT campaigning charity Stonewall where she was Director of Fundraising and Major Partnerships and prior to that held a number of senior sales and marketing roles in the private sector including MindShare, Westfield and Viacom. Catherine is passionate about diversity and inclusion and as a ‘straight ally’ believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to create a world where difference is celebrated. In her spare time Catherine enjoys skiing, sailing and spending time with friends and family. She lives in Hertfordshire with her partner and her two boys.
Christopher Drennen, Secretary
Christopher has over 20 years of experience working in international investment banking as an advisor to governments, public sector institutions and financial companies. He has lived in many countries across Europe and the Americas. He supports a broad array of community-building and social development programmes. When joining Diversity Role Models, Christopher cited the importance of DRM and its work proactively promoting diversity and acceptance as children are in the process of forming their own conscious and unconscious biases.
Christopher Tune, Treasurer
Christopher is a director at Accuracy where he specialises in accounting disputes in international arbitration and commercial litigation. He is a Fellow of the ICAEW and has over 20 years of professional experience in providing accounting advisory and expert witness services in the resolution of commercial disputes. Christopher has also conducted financial investigations, including bribery and corruption, money laundering, compliance and fraud investigations.
Christopher has previously helped establish and then chair the LGBT+ network of a Big 4 accounting firm and through running the London Marathon eight times has been an active fundraiser for a number of charities.
Fabienne has spent nearly a decade working in the schools and education sector. She taught Religious Studies and Relationship and Sex Education in London secondary schools for several years, championing a more LGBT+ inclusive curriculum. Since leaving teaching, she has worked at widening participation charity The Brilliant Club, supporting new teachers on the Researchers in Schools programme. She currently works on Child Poverty Action Group’s Cost of the School Day project, collaborating with London schools to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation for families on low-incomes.
Fabienne has volunteered on The Mix’s helpline, providing emotional support and signposting to young people. She loves community arts and has volunteered on community radio projects and performed as part of the National Theatre’s Public Acts community cast.
Faheem joins Diversity Role Models with a bit of a diverse background himself, being of South Asian heritage, born in Kenya, raised in Canada, having also lived in the US and India, before moving the UK in 2010. His professional background includes over 15 years primarily in corporate strategy, both as a management consultant with The Monitor Group and as a Senior Director at The Coca-Cola Company, where he has worked across various corporate functions including Strategy & Planning, Marketing, Commercial Finance, and Public Affairs. Faheem recently joined Google to lead strategy for YouTube across Europe, Middle East & Africa. In addition, Faheem brings experience from the non-profit sector, having served for several years as a volunteer, Trustee and Board Chair for a Canadian children’s charity called Future Possibilities for Kids. He is excited to bring his passion for diversity & inclusion and children’s empowerment to help Diversity Role Models achieve its mission.
Geffrye Parsons is a UK Chartered Accountant with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the banking industry, during which time he has been based variously in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Singapore, and has focused primarily on delivering structured solutions and special strategic projects. He is currently a Managing Director at Macquarie, where he is formally designated as an LGBTQ+ workplace role model and a mental wellbeing ambassador for LGBTQ+ matters, and has chaired the LGBTQ+ employee network group for the past seven years. At his previous employer, BNP Paribas, Geff also acted treasurer of the equivalent network group. He won the LGBTQ+ Inspirational Leader award at the British LGBT Awards in 2019, was nominated for the Corporate Role Model award at the PinkNews Awards in 2018, and was named in the top quartile of OUTstanding’s list of the 100 leading LGBTQ+ executives globally in each of 2018 and 2019. He is also a trustee and treasurer of GiveOut, another UK-based LGBTQ+ charity.
Jim is a partner in Allen & Overy’s Corporate department. He specialises in non-contentious intellectual property law and is Co-Head of the firm’s global Life Sciences sector group. Jim is Co-Chair of A&Out - Allen & Overy’s LGBT network - with primary responsibility for acting as a visible senior role model. The network is an international network involved in business development, graduate recruitment, mentoring and social responsibility activities. He led on the successful launch of A&O’s first LGBT+ Allies group and was one of the supervising partners of the A&O team providing pro bono legal advice to Stonewall on Turing’s law. Jim’s work as Co-Chair of A&Out, such as a programme of staff awareness talks and mentoring of junior staff, has helped lead to them being nominated for Pink News’ Business Equality Awards for the past 3 years and being recognised as one of Stonewalls’s Top Global Employers between 2018 and 2020. Jim has appeared on the annual OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT Business Executives list for the past 5 years.
Scott is an experienced strategic HR professional with varied experience throughout the employee cycle. Scott has been key in helping businesses, most recently in the legal sector, achieve their results through managing and developing talent. Scott is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD Level and also sits as a Justice of the Peace in East London.
Scott is also a fan of foods which come with gravy, music which has clapping in it and winning at Monopoly.