Lloyds Banking Group - Inspire List Stories

The Inspire list gives employees at Lloyds Banking Group visibility to other inspirational colleagues from a B.A.M.E. background, who are recognised as role models across the Group. This list shares and celebrates stories of career success, innovation and giving back to local communities – and serves to inspire all colleagues both from BAME and non-BAME backgrounds.

We thought we’d share short snapshots to inspire you too:

November 2017

Anthony's Inspire Story

Anthony is on Lloyds Banking Groups technology graduate programme – Transformation. He’s delighted to be nominated as part of the list - “being part of the inspire list inspired be to do more with LGBT and BAME people - it’s a very complicated area and one that needs a little more focus”.

Anthony co-leads the South and Wales region for the Rainbow LGBT network, and is deputy lead for LGBT in the IT division – getting involved in a range of activities to support LGBT colleagues, including taking part in London Pride. Rainbow is a Lloyds Banking Group network committed to connecting, developing and supporting LGBT colleagues. With over 5000 members and supporters, it’s one of the largest networks of its kind in the UK and was named UK network of the year in 2016.


Anthony says of joining Rainbow network, “The main reason I joined the network was to take advantage of all it had to offer. I was keen to attend some of the lunch and learn sessions and networking events that they held, on top of this I wanted to meet other LGBT+ colleagues that could help me feel more at ease in my workplace”.

Anthony also actively helps young people in communities deal with homophobia.  He took part in the Stonewall Youth Campaigners Programme as a mentor, working with two young people to create anti-homophobia campaigns in their communities. The Stonewall Young Campaigners Programme gives young people aged 16-21 the skills, confidence and support they need to lead change in their local communities by running their own anti-homophobia campaigns. His mentee went on to win the Stonewall’s Young Campaigner of the year 2016.

Moving forward, Anthony has a desire to do more to specifically support black and ethnic minority LGBT people within Lloyds Banking Group and the wider world.

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November 2017

Bernard shares his own Inspire Story

Bernard Adjei is an active member of our REACH BAME network at Lloyds Banking Group and has been twice nominated for a Graduate of the Month award.

Bernard started his career at Manchester United FC as a waiter. Now, as a Project Manager, Bernard has been involved in a number of key projects that has promoted efficiency within the banking industry.

In 2016, Bernard was named as Young Banker of the Year by the Chartered Banker Institute. Bernard beat fellow young bankers from across the industry to win the highly competitive award, which includes a placement working in the Banking Standards Board.

Bernard was also named as one of the Top 10 ‘Rising Stars’ in the Powerlist, a publication which celebrates the achievements of the UK’s most influential people of African and African-Caribbean heritage.

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