29 May 2012
Lord Browne of Madingley presented the Inaugural Annual Lecture of Arup’s Connect Out group – the firm’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) network.
The lecture was delivered at the firm’s headquarters in central London to a packed audience as Lord Browne spoke movingly about his experiences as a gay man in business.
During his address, the former Group Chief Executive of BP outlined a number of key steps he believes are necessary to create a more inclusive environment for the LGBT community.
Commenting on the event, Alan Belfield, Arup Group Board Member and Global Diversity Champion, said;
”Arup advocates a work environment that respects, welcomes and supports LGBT professionals, as well as empowering them to perform to their fullest potential and contribute to the greater goals of the firm. John Browne’s message was inspirational. He is an important role model for this generation of businessmen and women and the next.”
John Browne was Group Chief Executive of BP from 1995 until May 2007 and President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2006-2011. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Stanford Universities and has been awarded 18 honorary degrees. He received a knighthood in 1998 and a peerage in 2001. From 1999 to 2002, Management Today voted him “Most Admired CEO” and his memoirs, "Beyond Business", were published in February 2010. Today, he is Managing Director and Managing Partner (Europe) of Riverstone Holdings LLC.