Jacqui Gavin BEM
Jacqui Gavin BEM was recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2020 ‘Birthday Honours List’. She has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her contribution to highlighting and driving positive change in transgender issues in the workplace. Jacqui has been an active campaigner since 1983 following her own transition. Jacqui has served as an ambassador for several charities promoting diversity and inclusion and working to eradicate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Jacqui’s work has been recognised nationally at Excellence in Diversity Awards and as Diversity Champion at the British LGBT Awards. Jacqui started her career in the military before joining the civil service. Jacqui was the first ever chair of the Transgender Network within the Department for Work and Pensions, followed by Chair of ‘a:gender’, the cross-government support network for transgender and intersex civil servants.
Jacqui’s story details the struggles she has had to overcome during her journey of transitioning – in order to be her true, authentic self. It is a story of equality, resilience and overcoming adversity. Jacqui relates her experiences back to the corporate world and reinforces the importance of inclusion and how and why you need to understand your colleagues and be allies.