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Home & Abroad – Experiences in the Workplace of LGBT Engineers

23rd September 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm


InterEngineering is pleased to present our latest event, including drinks and networking with other like-minded individuals with an interest in improving diversity and inclusion in organisations

A panel discussion looking at the different perspectives on the challenges of providing a good workplace from LGBT engineers. We will hear first-hand the experiences of LGBT engineers working overseas in less-inclusive societies, and also the differences in working in the public vs. private sector. Approaches to LGBT inclusion networks will also be explored and some guidance provided on how to set one up within your own organisation.

  • 6:30pm Reception
  • 7:00pm Introductions
  • 7:10pm Start panel discussion
  • 7:40pm Q&A
  • 8:00pm Networking

InterEngineering has brought together a diverse panel of engineers who have worked in differing and challenging situations at home, and abroad, to share their experiences and lessons learnt:

Hayley Barnden

Safety Engineer, DE&S

Hayley is a safety engineer currently working for Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) after completing an engineering apprenticeship in 2013. She is co-chair of DE&S LGBT staff network group, and part of the wider Ministry of Defence staff LGBT forum.

Hayley will be sharing her experiences of an early career LGBT engineer in the public sector, and of initiating, developing and growing the new DE&S LGBT network, and the challenges faced by the company.

Grant Hayden

Electrical Engineer, BP

Grant has been an Electrical Engineer with BP since 2002, initially in BP Shipping and then in Exploration and Production.

He travelled extensively while working on board oil and gas tankers and has been expatriate in a number of countries in Asia and Africa during his time with BP.

“Working as an Engineer in far flung places where the culture and often the law are very different than they are in the UK I’ve often found myself somewhat conflicted about how honest I could be in the workplace”

John Bradbury

Process Engineer, Auercon

John is a process engineer who previously worked for Aurecon Australasia. As part of the Pride Group, John was involved with updating company policies and procedures, promoting LGBTI inclusion in the workplace and liaising with other organisations to build networks for LGBTI staff in his home city of Adelaide, Australia. In its first year of being listed in the Australian Pride and Diversity index, Aurecon’s ranked 25th overall.

Recently moving to the UK, John been actively volunteering for Bristol Pride as the Parade Manager as well as working with IChemE on the South West Members Group and Bristol 2015- European Green Capital.

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23rd September 2015
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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