25 October 2018

United Kingdom, London

Tony Wood is ranked no 62 in the OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Executives List published by the Financial Times

London, 25 October 2018

Mercer’s Health leader for the UK, Tony Wood, has made the Top 100 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Executives List. Mr Wood is listed no 62 in the ranking compiled by OUTstanding, a not-for-profit professional network for LGBT executives and their allies, in collaboration with the Financial Times. The ranking aims to recognise the actions of executives that have sought to make the workplace more welcoming for LGBT individuals. Tony was nominated by his colleagues in the UK by Mercer’s own lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allies (LGBTA) employee network because of his continuous efforts around ensuring Mercer is an inclusive company and his activism for equal rights in the wider community.

“Equality and diversity among employees is vitally important for all businesses,” said Mr Wood, UK Leader, Mercer Marsh Benefits. “I am delighted to be recognised in the OUTstanding list alongside others who are promoting this cause, ensuring both Mercer and other businesses accurately reflect wider society.”

Tony has been key to driving an inclusive culture at Mercer, acting as Executive sponsor of Mercer’s LGBT+ Pride group. He has worked with the team to design a series of initiatives aimed at helping others better understand LGBT+ and the issues the community face. Other initiatives have included a very successful IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia) day in Mercer offices nationally, as well as being instrumental in ensuring Mercer and Marsh Health Trusts include Trans benefits in their healthcare trusts. He has also driven a focus on LGBT+ mental health issues in the ‘Business in The Community Mental Health at Work Report’.

Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, Involve, said: “Our sixth OUTstanding list is our most international and diverse ever. It features executives representing 21 countries around the world – from Ghana to Germany and from India to Israel. We’re so proud to see so many senior and future leaders recognised as role models for their work driving cultural change and creating environments where everyone can succeed.

Everyone – regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity - benefits from a level playing field where people feel able to bring their whole selves to work.”

Pete Foley, a Senior Manager with Mercer Australia, has also been named by OUTstanding in the Top 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders List. Under Pete’s leadership, Mercer Australia were recognised as a top ten inclusive employer, receiving Gold in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). Pete also removed barriers for reporting LGBT+ workplace bullying and harassment and introduced Mercer’s Transitioning in the Workplace guidance, developed in the Pacific, to global offices including the UK.


Notes to Editors

How the list was compiled:

All of the 2018 Role Models were nominated by peers and colleagues. Nominations were then reviewed by OUTstanding’s judging panel, consisting of: Lord Browne, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy, and former CEO, BP; Dawn Airey, CEO, Getty Images; Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays UK; Harriet Green, CEO & Chairman, Asia Pac, IBM; Vicki Culpin, Dean of Faculty and Director of Research, Ashridge Business School; Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, INvolve; Josh Spero, Transport Correspondent, Financial Times.

Each person was scored on the seniority and influence of their role, their impact on LGBT+ inclusion inside and outside the workplace and their business achievements. Everyone included in the list has given their explicit permission to be included.

For the Leading LGBT+ executives, Leading Ally Executives and Leading LGBT+ Public Sector Executives lists, the nominee’s seniority and influence was taken into consideration. They must also be visibly out, or a vocal ally, actively working to create an environment where LGBT+ people can comfortably bring their best professional selves to work. It was important that people were working towards this goal over and above their day job, which made it hard for the judges to consider diversity and inclusion professionals, however deserving.

About INvolve and OUTstanding

INvolve is a membership organisation championing diversity and inclusion in business. It sits above OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes, membership initiatives working respectively across LGBT+, ethnic minority and gender diversity. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services INvolve helps member firms drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. In addition, OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes publish role model lists annually in partnership with the Financial Times, celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are leading the charge in their respective diversity spheres.

About Mercer

Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organisations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Mercer’s more than 22,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With more than 60,000 colleagues and annual revenue over $13 billion, through its market-leading companies including Marsh, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer. In the UK, Mercer Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.