I always strive to ensure that I act in a way which aligns with my personal values. Integrity and authenticity are key values for me, so I use these to inform the decisions I make at work. By being authentic and being myself, I want to encourage others to be more comfortable being themselves at work and to value difference in all its forms.
I’m part of the corporate coaching and mentoring initiatives, so I hope that I’ve been able to make a difference to the people who I’ve supported in tackling challenges either at work or in their personal lives. I value the contribution of each of my colleagues and always try to celebrate success either within my immediate team or within the wider network of people I work with on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues. I actively support my staff in identifying promotion or development opportunities so that they can reach their full potential. I’ve benefited from managers and colleagues who’ve done the same for me and helped me to develop in many different roles over the past 14 years.
Having been nominated as a role model, I hope I can inspire others to want to get involved in inclusion issues and to see not only why it matters for the organisation as a whole, but also how it relates to us as individuals. I actively encourage senior leaders to act as EDI champions and I supported the establishment and ongoing development of the workplace equality networks, with the aim of making Parliament a more inclusive place to work and visit.
As a role model, I commit to not being a bystander. If I see negative, non inclusive behaviours, it’s really important to me to challenge these in a constructive way.
If I had one message to tell others about role models in Parliament, I would say that there are some truly amazing people working here, including politicians, their staff and parliamentary staff, and they are the main reason I love my job. We have people at all levels of the organisation who inspire others, in all sorts of different ways, to be the best that they can be.
I have lots of personal role models, many of whom are people I work with, some of whom are profiled in this guide. Outside work, my role models include my mum and dad, who encouraged me to laugh, read as much as possible, and see both sides to every story (and now call me argumentative), and Viv Albertine, someone I’ve never met, but who has inspired me by her musicianship, determination and honesty. I strive to share two of those qualities (well, three of them, but regrettably I still can’t play an instrument despite my best efforts).
Anne's role in Parliament
I work in the Diversity and Inclusion team. We work with parliamentary stakeholders to provide a positive, inclusive working environment where people are valued for the skills and experience that they bring to work, and provide advice on improving accessibility for visitors and the public.