30 October 2019

United Kingdom, London


Tony Wood ranked 58 in the OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives List published by Yahoo Finance UK.


Tony Wood, Regional Leader, Continental Europe, Mercer Marsh Benefits has once again been named in the OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives List. Mr Wood is listed no 58 in this year’s ranking compiled by INvolve, a not-for-profit professional network for LGBT executives and their allies, in collaboration with Yahoo Finance UK. The ranking recognises the actions of executives working to make the workplace more welcoming for LGBT individuals. Tony was nominated by colleagues in Mercer’s LGBTA employee network for his commitment to action and advocacy around diversity and inclusion.


“It is more important than ever for organisations to embrace diversity and understand the positive business impact an inclusive and engaged workforce can have,” said Mr Wood. “I am honoured to be recognised in the OUTstanding list alongside other leading executives who do so much to promote workplace diversity and cultural change. At Mercer, we pride ourselves in having an inclusive culture, where different perspectives – professional and personal – are respected and welcomed. We believe that diverse teams can achieve better outcomes and so is good for business.”


As executive sponsor of Mercer’s LGBT+ Pride group in the UK, Tony has played a vital role in facilitating an inclusive culture at Mercer. He has led many initiatives including revising HR policies to support trans employees, lobbying Mercer and Marsh Health Trusts to include trans healthcare benefits, and driving the development of a guide for Mercer employees on the issues associated with expatriate assignments for LGBT+ colleagues. He has organised successful IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia) days across Mercer offices nationally.


Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, Involve, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating another fantastic group of people from across the globe who are collectively driving cultural change and creating workplaces where everyone can succeed. LGBT+ discrimination is still prevalent in a lot of the world’s biggest economies, but highlighting the work of successful role models changes people’s perceptions. They demonstrate that you can be successful and out at work, but most importantly inspire the next generation of LGBT+ leaders.”


How the list was compiled:


All of the 2019 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; Ashok Vaswani, Global Consumer and Payments Head, Barclays; Harriet Green, CEO & Chairman, Asia Pac, IBM; Dawn Airey, Independent Director, Grosvenor Estates GBI; Suki Sandhu OBE, Founder & CEO, INvolve & Audeliss; Lianna Brinded, Head of Yahoo Finance UK.


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


For the 100 LGBT+ Executives, 50 Ally Executives and 30 LGBT+ Public Sector Executives, 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


OUTstanding is part of INvolve, global membership organisation and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services, INvolve helps firms drive cultural change and create inclusive workplaces where any individual can succeed.  INvolve also publishes EMpower, HERoes and OUTstanding role model lists annually, recognising and celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are breaking down barriers at work and inspiring the next generation of diverse talent.


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 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a business of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people with more than 76,000 colleagues and annualised revenue approaching $17 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.