Employee of the Year Award
For most of his career, Gary had hidden his sexuality for fear of it hindering his career progression or alienating him from colleagues, until he joined Mitie. From that day, he has continuously promoted and supported others from all diverse backgrounds, going above and beyond his role as Director. He is now the founding member of Mitie’s Diversity Steering Group. As part of the Group he became ‘Race Champion’ and Champion for LGBT&Q. This gave powerful impetus throughout other diversity groups, where he became the Joint Chair for Mitie’s LGBTQ Network ‘Proud to be’, and more recently launched Mitie’s BAME Network ‘Kaleidoscope’. Gary is also an Advisory Board Member for the Association for Black Engineers, and is the Mitie lead person for the ‘Lives Not Knives‘ Mentoring Scheme. In addition, Gary has set ‘Community Reach Targets’, which have enabled Mitie to reach out to over 5,000 students and Young Adults through ‘Making STEM Hot,’ which targets diverse communities to spark a thought of a career within the STEM Sector.