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Deon Pillay

As a committee member of the ethnicity network, Deon came up with and championed the Follow the Money initiative which reached out to ethnic minority individuals from London’s most deprived areas. This provides opportunities to experience the investment management industry, with Deon inspiring individuals through sharing his personal story as an immigrant, gay male and the struggles in building a career in finance. He is also a regular speaking at events and being a visible role model and vocal ally. As Chair of Legal & General’s LGBT network, Deon actively champions LGBT inclusion for ethnic minorities and trans visibility through educational events, social networking, and training. Deon reviewed policies with the HR team to ensure they are explicitly and positively inclusive of the both the LGBT/BAME community and employees with protected characteristics, and is a mentor, supporting BAME and LGBT colleagues to reach their full potential. Outside of Legal & General, Deon champions inclusion through attending industry events, social networking and round tables to discuss LGBT issues from a BAME perspective. He supports The Talk about Black initiative, mentors external individuals from ethnically diverse backgrounds and developed a benchmarking tool to help businesses measure their ethnicity inclusion, providing them best practice. Deon is an LGBT GREAT Role model, co-chair and founding member of InterInvest (The LGBT Network for the Investments industry) and network sponsor for LGBT GREAT industry benchmarking, EMpower, OUTstanding and Stonewall. Deon is one of the few BAME individuals driving ethnicity inclusion in the asset management industry.