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ANTHONY CROCKER (he/him)

InterMediaUK - Chair​
The Telegraph Media Group - Head of Commercial Success

Anthony joined InterMediaUK in 2018 whilst establishing The Telegraph’s LGBT+ Group: Out Loud. He’s worked at the Telegraph since June 2017, with a background in digital advertising and client servicing.

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GEORGE REED

InterMediaUK - Deputy Chair​

Discovery - Media Planning Supervisor Lifestyle & Entertainment Brands

George joined Intermedia in 2019 when he was the chair of AMC Pride. Setting up the AMC Pride ERG was a real learning curve for him, allowing him to gain a wealth of experience and knowledge that he is now pleased to bring to Discovery. As one of the Co-Chairs of Discovery Pride, George champions LGBT+ voices both within the company, media business and the wider community, seeking new and creative ways to grow the Pride group network and promote LGBT+ Diversity. Hailing from West London, George’s TV career has seen him work with channels within Europe, Middle East, Africa and the United Kingdom.

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NAOMI REID

NBCUniversal - Employee Experience Specialist

Naomi Reid works for NBCUniversal as an Employee Experience Specialist; managing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Health & Wellbeing. She is co-chair of Out London NBCUniversal's LGBTQ+ & Ally Network and is also a committee member for the Women's Network. 

Naomi is a fanatical football fan and plays for Charlton Invicta F.C. - the first LGBTQ+ & Ally team to be affiliated with a professional club in Charlton Athletic F.C. - she also sits on the Charlton Invicta Committee as Brand & Campaigns Lead. Naomi campaigns tirelessly to break down barriers in sport and society for the LGBTQ+ community and featured in the BBC1 documentary ‘The Trans Women Athlete Dispute with Martina Navratilova’

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SARAH O’CONNELL

The Sarah O’Connell Show

Sarah hosts The Sarah O’Connell Show on YouTube, featuring entertainment and celebrity interviews with actors, comedians and entertainers.‬


Sarah starred in a critically-acclaimed BBC Horizon documentary. She has been interviewed on BBC Breakfast, Cosmopolitan, MTV, and BBC radio to raise awareness and help educate about LGBT issues. 


Sarah joined the InterMediaUK committee in November 2016. She’s also hosted the Transforming Cinema Film Festival twice, and events for ITV, NBC Universal, Endemol Shine, Warner Bros. Sarah’s been a judge in the grand final of the South Coast Comedian of the Year for 3 consecutive years. 


Sarah has recently been nominated for the Positive Role Model Award for LGBT at the National Diversity Awards 2020.

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RAE LANGFORD

Banijay - Director of Group Communications

Rae Langford established Banijay Pride in 2021, rolling the network out globally, leading the initiative in the UK, US, Brazil, Mexico and across Europe. The network celebrates Banijay’s vibrant global LGBTQ+ community and serves as a resource for LGBTQ+ identifying staff, and their allies. Global online events around Non-Binary Awareness, Trans Awareness, International Day of Drag, as well as two summer celebrations have been held in 21/22.
 
In her day job, Rae is Director of Group Communications at the global production company Banijay, home to over 130,000 hours of content and some of television’s biggest international brands, advising on creative communications strategies across the 22-market footprint. She spearheads Banijay's global scripted communications strategy for the company's network of 50+ scripted labels.

 

Rae is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ equality, especially for marginalised community. She is a proud lesbian and trans ally, and lives in east London with her sausage dog Murphy.

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ÆNDRA RININSLAND (ze/hir)

Financial Times - Visual Journalist

Ændra is a visual and data journalist who has been building interactive news experiences for nearly a decade. Ze is one of the people helping to maintain the InterMediaUK website.

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CASSIUS NAYLOR

Financial Times - Adviser to the CCMO

Cassius is executive adviser to the Chief Communications & Marketing Officer of the Financial Times and the Co-Chair of Proud FT, the FT's LGBTQ+ employee network. He is also a commentator and campaigner, and partnerships officer for Outvertising, the UK advertising & marketing industry's LGBTQ+ advocacy group.

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SU BROWN

BBC Studios - Portfolio Partner in IT

Su is a Portfolio Partner in IT for BBC Studios technology., part of BBC Design and Engineering. In November 2019, Su became the Co-Chair of BBC Pride who are committed to raising the voices of the unrepresented LGBTQ groups within the BBC.  With her Co-Chair, George Dixon they are deepening links with the other staff networks within the BBC. Shortly after Su joined Intermedia and gets involved where needed.

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JON HOLMES

Sports Media LGBT+

Jon is a freelance journalist and writer specialising in LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport. He is the founder and lead of Sports Media LGBT+, an industry network, advocacy and consultancy group whose website also serves as a digital publishing platform for related news and content. At the time of writing, he is working on the Pride House Birmingham project at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, having been previously employed by Sky where he was Senior Editor in Sports and co-ordinated business support for the Rainbow Laces campaign.

 

Jon sits on the steering committees of both the Sports Journalists’ Association and the Football Writers’ Association. He was nominated in 2022 in the Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life category at the British LGBT Awards.

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CALLUM GRANT

Global - Head of Commercial Operations & Co-Chair of Pride@Global 

Callum heads up the Commercial Operations team at Global, the media & entertainment group and is one of the founding chairs of Pride@Global. Global entertains and reaches nearly 52 million people every week, across radio, on Global Player and outdoor. Callum’s experience in media has taken him to several UK & Australian radio companies before moving to London and starting at Global. Callum is currently a mentor at the Global Academy, Global’s University Technical College which teaches the practical skills necessary to succeed in the media, working with the Creative Mentoring Network;  and he’s also previously been involved with Manchester Pride & Sydney Mardi Gras.

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KIRSTY LEITH

Global - Director of Public Affairs & Co-Chair of Pride@Global 

Kirsty is responsible for Public Affairs at Global, the media & entertainment group and is one of the founding chairs of Pride@Global. Across radio, on Global Player and outdoor, Global entertains and reaches nearly 52 million people every week. Prior to joining Global in 2014, she spent ten years at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, working on a range of policy areas. She sings with the award winning acapella choir, The Noteables and plays football for the Women’s Parliamentary Football team, who have yet to win anything.

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ANDY CASSIDY

AMC Networks International UK - Corporate Travel Manager

Andy joined global TV broadcaster AMC Networks to deliver strategic enhancements to the corporate travel program for their International offices. As a member of AMCNI-UK’s LGBT+ ERG ‘Breaking Out’, a priority for 2020 is establishing equality through travel for employees, freelancers and talent, by sourcing and promoting preferred suppliers with values aligned to AMC’s. He also advocates this via membership of several travel industry bodies including entertainment/media buyer groups. He aims to use this as a platform for increased diversity and inclusion across all five of AMCNI’s business units plus US headquarters and multiple affiliates worldwide.

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ERIK PARDOS OLSEN

AMC Networks International UK - Promo Producer

Erik works within global TV broadcaster AMC Networks’ UK division as a Promo Producer, delivering creative for the company’s channels here in the UK as well as in Africa, MENA and Poland. Alongside other members of AMCNI-UK’s LGBT+ ERG ‘Breaking Out’, he works to ensure that a welcoming, LGBT+-friendly culture is maintained within the company as well as strengthening their ties with Intermedia by contributing resources wherever possible.

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PAUL WALSH

AMC Networks International UK - Senior Presentation Scheduler & Chair of Breaking Out,

Paul started at AMC in 2015, still relatively new to the broadcast world and trying to find his place in the industry, but with a strong underlying eagerness to make a change. Flash forward a few years, and with his trademark bowl cut, he now chairs AMC's LGBT+ employee resource group, Breaking Out, with the goal to raise awareness of the community, create an inclusive workplace and challenge the societal norms. An advocate for equality across the board, his aim is to see every corner of the LGBT+ spectrum represented and accepted within the industry.

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SARAH REYNOLDS

Entertainment One - Senior Manager, Digital Rights and Operations and Co-Chair of eOne Pride UK

Sarah joined InterMediaUK in 2019 after launching and co-chairing eOne Pride at Entertainment One. With 20 years’ experience in the Entertainment Industry she has worked in Gaming, DVD Production and is now with the Digital Family and Brands team at Entertainment One. Sarah is a keen walker taking on various Ultra challenges such as the London to Brighton 100k. When she's not walking for hours, she likes to put her practical skills to the test and can generally be found up a ladder with power tools.

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STEPHEN SMYTH

ITV - Non Linear Schedule Executive and Co-Chair ITV Pride

Stephen joined the InterMediaUK steering committee in December 2019 and is a Co-Chair of ITV Pride, ITV’s LGBT+ colleague network. With a background in project management and television scheduling, he is currently a member of the BritBox scheduling team. Stephen is passionate about people, culture and promoting positive mental health and as such is a Feel Good Champion and Mental Health First Aider within ITV. Originally from Ireland, Stephen enjoys travelling at every opportunity, having spent two years in Hong Kong. He is a regular participant of his local parkrun and enjoys exploring Yorkshire’s hiking trails and country pubs.

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ERIK TOMLIN

SPM Group - Project Manager

Erik joined InterMediaUK in 2013 as the co-chair of the LGBT+ employee resource group for Paramount.  He now serves as Project Manager for SPM Group, which run the Ethnicity Awards, the British LGBT Awards, and Investing In Ethnicity.  Erik is also passionate about music and plays in several classical and jazz music groups.

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TOM WOODWARD

Film and TV Charity - Head of Fundraising

Tom started his career in sales and distribution in film in Norway.  He’s worked in the charity sector since 2007 starting out as managing corporate fundraising and major donor fundraising at LGBT charity Stonewall where he ended up as Head of Major Partnerships when he left in 2015.  During his time there he specialised in income generation from a wide selection of for core funding and a variety of project specific fundraising.  Since leaving Stonewall Tom has worked at a range of organisations including Albert Kennedy Trust, REDRUK as well as at Hospice UK.  He’s now Head of Fundraising at the Film and TV Charity, which looks after the wellbeing of people working behind the scenes in the film and TV Industries.

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ERIN PATERSON (they/them)

Condé Nast Britain - Email Programme Manager

& member of Global Employee Council for Diversity & Inclusion

Erin Paterson is the Email Programme Manager for Condé Nast Britain, they also serve as a member of Condé Nast's Global Employee Council for Diversity & Inclusion. The council is comprised of representatives from each region that Condé Nast publishes and is guided by a steering committee helmed by Anna Wintour. Erin has written for British Vogue and is passionately focused on trans and non-binary rights and representation

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DAMIEN CREEN

w00t Media - Media Manager

Damien joined InterMediaUK in 2020 where he represented Pride@Global. His wealth of experience and knowledge gained has been transferred to his new role at w00t! Media where he co-chairs their pride committee. Based in Manchester, Damien seeks to bring network opportunities to the North West along with his aims to champion positive conversation around LGBTQ+ issues within media.