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June 27, 2019

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Molly Gill named the winner of SHP’s Rising Star Wellbeing Award

Molly Gill’s approach to finding gaps in diversity and finding solutions, turned the judge’s heads as they awarding her the winner in the Rising Star Wellbeing category.

Molly developed the idea of having a dedicated point of contact in wellbeing issues for LGBTQ+ staff members. After attended the companies EDI working group and speaking to staff there, Molly realised that there were barriers in place for LGBTQ+ staff that the current way of working did not address and is creating a positive dialogue by using training by agencies and sign posting staff to the correct places.

As a Trainee Health & Safety Officer at Leeks City College, Molly’s work priority is the wellbeing of other staff members. Judges stated that “she looked at diversity and identified issues with inclusion of the LGBTQ+ staff, then upskilled herself and managers to resolve this”.

She introduced having a consultant for LGBTQ+ staff members, where their wellbeing issues can be heard.

Judge applauded her for “focusing more on a specific  group, that still suffers with huge amount of discrimination”, they said “it is an agenda that needs raising because it is an area that is untapped”.

They believed that when people talk about diversity, they often talk about gender or pay gaps, so for Molly to think against the norm, grabbed their attention.

To find out about the winners in the other categories, click here.

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