Timeline:

4th April 2018
' Nominations Open '
9th May 2018
' Nominations Close '
26th July 2018
' Shortlist Announced '
5th October 2018
' Awards Ceremony '

Ross Woodward (MoD)

 Ross Woodward

Ross chairs MOD LGBT+ Network "Sh..OUT" in addition to his day job. Using prior experience from working in other government departments, he identified that although the LGBT+ community was widely accepted in the MOD, the department as a whole still had somewhat of a negative external image as a white heterosexual male dominated environment which is not very diverse or accepting particularly of LGBT+ individuals.

Ross realised that the most powerful course of action to take to tackle this would be to implement the Stonewall LGBT Straight Allies initiative across the MOD and get visible Straight Allies to speak up and speak out to combat discrimination.  To advertise the initiative Ross organised a launch event which was open to all defence personnel. He managed to secure pivotal speakers for the event including the Permanent Secretary of the MOD and the Senior LGBT+ Champion. The event was so successful his network was overwhelmed with people wishing to stand up and become an ally. In addition Ross secured funding for Stonewall to deliver the Straight Ally training and due to the amount of interest he secured additional funding to run a second course. 

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Ross Woodward