Our vision, mission and values
55% of LGBT young people people suffer HBT (homophobic, biphobic & transphobic) bullying in school. The impact is severe, contributing to higher rates of attempted suicide and self-harm and adversely affecting educational outcomes.
We take positive role models – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight – into schools to help LGBT students feel confident and ensure their classmates are accepting of difference. Our trained facilitators deliver workshops, giving young people the chance to hear personal stories and ask questions anonymously.
In primary schools these workshops explore different families, while in secondary schools we challenge the view that ‘that’s so gay’ is just harmless banter.
Tamoor Ali, Chair
I am a Corporate finance manager at BP Treasury. I joined the DRM Board because I believe our future will be decided by the next generation and so we should invest in them today. It’s important to me that everyone from a young age understands and appreciates difference. DRM is a key resource for us to tackle homophobic bullying in schools and I am proud to be part of its legacy.
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 three years running as one of the OUTstanding/Financial Times Top 100 LGBT Business Executives, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, 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.
DRM's approach restores my faith that education can foster independent thinking, confidence and informed decisions. The interaction between student and role model enables an honest exchange of views. Most importantly, DRM ‘practices what it preaches’ with a network of role models who reflect their diverse communities.
I am a managing director in Official Institutions Coverage at BNP Paribas and support a broad array of community-building and social development programmes. The importance of proactively promoting diversity and acceptance as children are in the process of forming their own conscious and unconscious biases cannot be underestimated. The work and success of DRM along these lines have impressed me since the first time I came in contact with the organisation a few years ago.
Faheem joins DRM 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. 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 DRM achieve its mission.
Helen is a Chartered Accountant and a Director of the Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project, where she works with finance leaders to inspire change towards more resilient and sustainable business models. She is passionate about diversity in the workplace and believes DRM makes a vital contribution to dispelling prejudice in schools and in our future workforce through providing students with positive LGBT role models.
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. Last year he led on the successful launch of A&O’s first LGBT+ Allies group, and is currently working to ensure the firm’s LGBT network is truly global in its approach. Jim’s work as 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’ 2017 Business Equality Award. Jim was also one of the supervising partners of the A&O team providing pro bono legal advice to Stonewall on the recently passed Turing’s law. He participates in various external diversity mentoring programmes, and often speaks on the topic of same-sex parenting.