Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secretary from the Department for Education has been named as the next lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex diversity champion for the Civil Service. Jonathan takes over the role from Dame Sue Owen, who retires this month.
The news was announced via a Civil Service blog post on GOV.UK authored by Cabinet Secretary, Mark Sedwill.
The Cabinet Secretary also announced that Melanie Dawes (Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government) will take over Dame Sue’s former role as overall Diversity and Inclusion champion and as the Chair of the Civil Service People Board, and that Antonia Romeo (Department for International Trade) would become the new Gender Champion.
Delighted to be the new @UKCivilService LGBTI Champion! 🏳️🌈— Jonathan Slater (@PermSecDfE) April 26, 2019
We've made great progress to ensure the Civil Service is a safe and inclusive place to work for all and we'll keep pushing to be the most inclusive employer.#Diversity #Inclusion @CSHRgovuk @CivilServiceDI
Jonathan was recently announced as Stonewall’s ‘Senior Champion of the Year’ for his work improving the LGBT+ staff experience at the Department for Education.
It was such a great honour to be named as @stonewalluk Senior Champion of the Year and I'm so proud of the @educationgovuk improved position to 56 in #stonewalltop100 for best LGBT workplace inclusionhttps://t.co/Cwjjy7b3dJ #StonewallTop100 #ComeOutForLGBT pic.twitter.com/UWke935Jjf— Jonathan Slater (@PermSecDfE) January 22, 2019
We welcome Jonathan’s appointment, and look forward to working with him closely in his new role as LGBTI champion.