Introducing the sponsor of the new LGBT+ network

18 November 2016

Anjie Rook, Business Services and Support Director at the RNLI, is the sponsor for the RNLI’s new LGBT+ network which Jacob Davies introduced last month.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender pride flag

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'A couple of weeks ago, I was delighted to be asked to be the ET sponsor for the new LGBT+ network group.

‘After speaking with Jacob Davies (who has taken up the mantle to lead the group), I hope I can really make a difference by supporting them to raise awareness and understanding of why this group is so important to have in the RNLI, and the role it has to play.

‘The group aims to educate, enthuse, engage and empower everyone on LGBT+ matters, so we create an inclusive RNLI in which all our people feel comfortable and valued.

‘So why do I think the network is important and why have I, a straight female, decided to be part of this group and give this topic as much time as I can?

‘Well, for any of you who know me, you will know that I’m passionate that in all parts of the RNLI we have a fair, open and equal environment so that all our people – no matter their background or interests – feel they can best contribute their skills, know-how and talent, whatever their role might be.

‘You might ask me, “surely that’s what we have now, isn’t it?” Well, I’ve been around in the RNLI long enough to know that certainly in many places we do, but we do have to ask ourselves if on occasion we inadvertently create places where our colleagues, and friends, can’t show us the people they truly are, which in turn can cause them stress and upset and importantly means that they aren’t realising their full potential.  If that is the case, then we need to find out how we can stop this happening and encourage a better environment for all in the future.

‘The LGBT+ network is hoping to hold their first gathering in the next two months to set out what they want to try and achieve and how they might be best able to achieve that.  They will be using the recent RNLI Stonewall diversity survey to help them do this (a big thank you to everyone who took part in this!). Stay tuned to Porthole to find out about their progress. 

‘If you would like to know more now though, be involved in some way, or share your thinking on this important topic then please let Jacob or I know – we’d be really pleased to hear from you.’

Anjie can be contacted by email at angela_rook@rnli.org.uk or by phone on 01202 663039.

Jacob can be contacted by email at jacob_davies@rnli.org.uk or by phone on 01534 743135.