Published: Monday, January 26th, 2015

Golden Jubilee manager named in 'Top 50 Out at Work' poll

 

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A senior manager from the Golden Jubilee National Hospital has been named as one of the top 50 LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) individuals in management and executive positions throughout the UK.

 

The Out at Work Top 50 is dedicated to highlighting the efforts and success of LGBT executives and senior managers in organisations throughout the UK, promoting positive change in people’s attitudes towards the LGBT community in the workplace and in the wider community.

 

Carole Anderson, the Head of Strategy and Performance and an Equality Lead for the Golden Jubilee, was ranked 42nd out of 50 from a pool of thousands of nominees in the UK for her dedication to improving awareness of LGBT issues within the organisation, striving to create an inclusive and diverse workforce.

 

In addition to her Equality Lead role in the Golden Jubilee, Carole is an Equality Representative with Unite the Union, serving as a member of the Scottish Regional LGBT Committee. She is also Chair of SWAN, Scotland's largest LGBT network with over 400 members from the public, private and third sector, committed to bringing together LGBT individuals across sectors for business networking and support.

 

Carole also works actively with Stonewall Scotland, a charity striving to achieve equality and justice for the LGBT community. The Golden Jubilee has been working with Stonewall since 2008 as one of their Diversity Champions with Carole participating in their Role Models programme.

 

Together with one of the other Equality Leads, Jane Christie-Flight, Carole has worked to achieve recognition of the Golden Jubilee as one of the Stonewall Top 100 Employers in the Workplace Equality Index.

 

Commenting on making the top 50, Carole said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been ranked number 42 in the Out at Work Top 50. I believe that acting as a role model and providing leadership is vital to allow LGBT individuals to feel comfortable to be themselves both at work and in the wider community. This helps them to fulfil their full potential, bringing personal and wider business benefits.

 

“Over the past year the Golden Jubilee has taken some fantastic steps, investing in new and innovative ways to create an inclusive work environment: providing staff with facilities and resources to ensure they are getting the most out of their jobs and have the opportunities to take new ideas and projects forward. We also became the first NHS Board to have both our Chair and Chief Executive sign up for the Stonewall NoBystanders pledge, dedicated to wiping out bullying and harassment in the workplace.”

 

The announcement came just days after it was revealed that the Golden Jubilee National Hospital was in the Top 100 employers list in the UK and the top NHSScotland Health Board in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI).

 

Jill Young, Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee, said: “Carole’s dedication to helping the Golden Jubilee support, highlight and celebrate our diverse, values-based workforce is second to none, and we are extremely proud of her for this well earned accomplishment.

 

“As an organisation, we are dedicated to leading quality, research and innovation on behalf of the NHS in Scotland, continuously striving to improve our standard of care for every individual that comes through our doors. We know that this can only be made possible thanks to the diverse mix of people that make up our fantastic team.

 

“Having been recently ranked 70th in the UK  in the WEI, climbing 53 places in just one year, we will be doing more than ever to ensure that our organisational Values are more visible and prominent in our day to day working than ever before: this is especially important when it comes to valuing dignity and respect.”

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