From Wales to Westminster

Sue Vincent-Jones outside the UK’s most famous door.

Our well-known local Champion of Inclusion has flown the Rainbow flag for Wales at Westminster.

Barry and District News’ former Editor Sue Vincent-Jones was one of thirty LGBT activists invited by the Prime Minister to a Garden Party at 10 Downing Street in recognition of their contribution to diversity and inclusion.

The Communications Specialist now works for Welsh Government and was recognised for her success as Co-Chair of PRISM, the organisation’s award-winning LGBTI+ staff network

She was joined by fellow Welsh campaigner Karen Cooke, Chair of the Cardiff University Network Enfys,  at the Reception which took place during Pride in London week.

The event included activists from across the country plus other illustrious guests like Lord Randall, Defence Minister Penny Mordaunt…and Larry the cat!

Sue, who is stepping down as PRISM Co Chair in August after five busy but brilliant years said: “I am truly humbled to have been included as one of the LGBT activists striving to make a difference in both our workplace and wider community.  I am also immensely honoured that Stonewall’s Chief Executive Ruth Hunt put my name forward. Massive thanks to her, and Stonewall, in both Wales and the UK, for their constant help, support and friendship. Thanks also, of course, to Welsh Government for giving me the time, space and support to do this vital work.

Welsh Government has been shortlisted in the Diverse Company category of the Inclusive Companies Awards and Sue also used the London trip to represent PRISM at the Bloomberg event.  They have also been recognised by Pink News, and are up for two LGBTQ Awards – the organisation in the Public Sector category, and Sue in the Role Model category. These shortlists were also announced at a Westminster Reception – with a Cardiff event to follow at the Senedd next week hosted by two of the first openly gay Assembly Members Jeremy Miles and Hannah Blythyn.

Sue added; “All in all, this has been a very successful week for both this Barry girl and PRISM. Thanks so much to all those members that work tirelessly to make our organisation a fairer place to be. Awards and accolades may not be the ultimate marker of how fair the organisation is but it is always an honour, and an achievement, to be recognised for the role we play within the civil service, and wider. Thank you!”