ICON AWARDS PREPARE TO RECOGNISE LGBT EFFORTS WITH NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The charity ‘Big Impact’ have announced a new Board to oversee this years Icon Awards. The awards are returning to Glasgow on 15th September at the Marriott Hotel.

The new President of the awards, James Smith, is the only original member of the Board to continue with Icon, and said earlier that he was “proud to accept the role.. ..for Scotland’s largest LGBT & diversity awards.”

Now a diverse new team of judges have been announced from a range of backgrounds:

JAMES SMITH – James has been part of the Icon Awards since 2015 and now leads the organisation, including the selection of judges and award categories. James is regularly seen on STV’s ‘Live at Five’ show, he hosts a weekly show on Scene Radio and is also a charity ambassador and businessman.

JUSTINE SMITHIES – Justine is a trans rights campaigner based in the North East of Scotland. She is Co-Chair of Grampian Pride and by day is a marine electronics engineer. Justine has been a keynote speaker at a number of LGBT events, including the Fife Rainbow Awards and West Lothian Pride, as well as business organisations including Centrica and Tesco Bank. Justine and her wife were also featured on the BBC Scotland documentary ‘Transgender Love’ in 2017 and appeared on the DIVA Power List 2017.

THOMAS ANDERSON – Thomas is the Edinburgh-based founder of ‘Inclusive Networks’, an organisation celebrating diversity and inclusion through staff networks across the UK. Thomas is the former Chair of the Co-op’s LGBT staff network and was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the European Diversity Awards in 2013.

PROF. CRAIG WHITE – Craig works for the Scottish Government advising ministers on quality improvement in health and social care as part of the senior clinical leadership team. He sits on the Royal College of Physicians ‘Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Group’. Craig is an Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow.

STEPHEN MURPHY – Stephen is probably best known as one of Glasgow’s iconic drag queens, Barbara La Bush! He has performed all over Europe and will be taking part in the first Isle of Bute Pride later this summer. Stephen is also a charity worker for adults with additional support needs, as well as a successful businessman.

JAX QUINN – Jax is described as a proud lesbian and disability campaigner. She works for Sky UK and has been at the forefront of its LGBT+ staff network, helping the company become the top media business in Stonewall’s equality index.

RUSSELL ROBERTSON – Russell is a Councillor for Glasgow City Council, elected in May 2017, and is the Bailie of the city, appointed by the Lord Provost of Glasgow. He represents the East Centre constituency and is also the Chair of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership Strategic Board.

Pink Saltire understands the Board met for the first time yesterday in advance of the announcement of award categories due next month.

The awards, which are now in their fourth year, were rocked by charges of theft against former Chairman, Scott Barclay earlier this year.

For more information about the Icon Awards 2018 head to their website:

http://icon-awards.co.uk/the-judging-panel/

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