Annette King (CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Group UK) has been recognised as Top 30 Ally to foster LGBT talent and Andrew Barratt (Head of Ogilvy Pride, Ogilvy & Mather Group UK) recognized as Future LGBT Business Leader.

The Financial Times has recognized Annette King (CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Group UK) as a top ally in their Annual LGBT Executive Diversity Report for her commitment to fostering LGBT-inclusivity at the firm, and Andrew Barratt (Head of Ogilvy Pride) as a future LGBT business leader.

The only marketing or advertising agency to feature on the ally or future business leaders list this year, Ogilvy & Mather’s commitment to LGBT diversity is leading the way for agencies in the UK and globally.

Annette King featured 12th on the allies list, alongside Paul Polman (CEO, Unilever), Steve Varley (Chairman, EY) and Mark Zuckerberg (Founder & CEO) Facebook). Annette says: “we have a platform and a passion to create a supportive working culture for all of our employees so that they can bring their best selves to work; they can only do that if they feel valued and accepted for who they are.”

The benefits to companies in supporting diversity are significant; from attracting and retaining talent to increasing employee wellbeing and satisfaction and driving better performance, diversity gives companies a distinct competitive advantage, as well as making them nicer places to work!

Annette goes on to say that “In my industry, which exists to communicate with consumers of all backgrounds and orientations, we stand to benefit more than most, by cultivating a highly diverse and inclusive environment that reflects the demographic that we and our clients are looking to reach.”

Andrew Barratt featured 5th on the LGBT future leaders list, and said “the key to creating true diversity and inclusion in the culture of a company stems from recruitment and fostering an inclusive culture. I’m delighted to feature on the list and for the support that I’ve had from Ogilvy.”

Earlier this year, Ogilvy & Mather Group UK launched Ogilvy Pride, led by Andrew Barratt, a specialist marketing consultancy with the aim of inspiring clients to give greater visibility of LGBT role models in mainstream marketing campaigns.

The rankings of the Financial Times List are co-ordinated by LGBT charity OUTstanding, and reviewed by a panel of judges including Lord Browne. OUTstanding CEO and founder Suki Sandhu said, “We are delighted to see Annette King (ally) and Andrew Barratt (future business leader) from Ogilvy & Mather Group UK featuring in this year’s Financial Times Executive List. They are role models who works tirelessly to ensure that the workplace is equally inclusive for everyone. They deserve credit for the leadership they show in welcoming people of all backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities.”