Our With Pride LGBT+ Network drives representation and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally communities, to build empowerment, the sense of belonging, and connections between communities.
To enable our customers, colleagues and communities to thrive, it is important to reflect the diversity of our customer base. The With Pride Network is run by colleagues, sponsored by leadership, and provides a forum for colleagues from all areas of the organisation to meet, learn from one another and to drive improvements at an organisational level.
Geoff Lynam and Dave Kelly are partners who also work with Bank of Ireland. Here they discuss inclusive leadership, LGBT+ rights and fostering a safe and inclusive culture for colleagues and customers. Geoff describes himself as “chilled and likes to be the life and soul of the party”, and according to Dave, he is “approachable, friendly, fun-loving and down to earth”. They both work with Bank of Ireland. Geoff has been with the organisation for thirteen years and Dave for four years, and they have been in a relationship together for thirteen years.
"In my role I meet a diverse range of customers across the country. The needs of our business and consumer customers vary from town to town, from segment to segment and from channel to channel. The first step in responding to these needs is listening and I am very proud of how all my colleagues listen to the diverse requirements of our customers every day. Having a workforce that reflects this diverse range of customers is critical to this success. That’s why I’m passionate about supporting all of our colleagues from all backgrounds to feel proud to be part of the Bank of Ireland team."
CEO, Retail Ireland
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