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Bridget Lea

Bridget has continuously advocated and encouraged diversity throughout the business, championing a number of related programs. She runs face to face sessions for ethnic minority employees, allowing her to meet with and understand the increasingly diverse workforce at O2. These sessions are being used to tackle key issues hindering progression, setting up mentor and sponsor schemes for ethnic minority individuals within the store community, and awareness campaigns amongst the stores population to improve visibility of areas of concern. Bridget has championed the roll out of unconscious bias training and presented BAME issues to the board. Bridget runs a program for women who have overcome diversity and many of these women are from the BAME community. For many years, Bridget has also mentored external ethnic minority individuals in the industry, as well as being a mentor on the Retail week ‘Be Inspired’ campaign. She has received numerous internal and external awards, as well as attending and speaking at many external events and sitting on a number of industry panels.

Bridget Lea

For the last two years Bridget has been General Manager of Stores for Telephonic UK. Whilst managing such a high number of employees has its challenges, it is a role that she absolutely loves and she relishes the opportunity it gives her to help others and promote the BAME community.
Bridget openly encourages diversity throughout the Stores team and has been recognised by Telefónica UK’s CEO and other board members for her work in this space. Since becoming General Manager (GM) of Stores Bridget has set up a programme called Inspirational Women. This is for women in the Stores who have overcome adversity, many of whom are from the BAME community.
As the only White and Black African person in Telefónica UK’s 50-strong senior leadership team, Bridget will work not only continue to make the Stores teams a more welcoming and inclusive place, but also the rest of the business. As a result of her dedication, the Stores team now have a significantly higher BAME representation than the rest of Telefónica UK (as of January 2016 it was 21% in Stores versus 14% in Telefónica UK).