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Jess Horner

Senior Consultant / Network Chair at LCP

About

Jess works at LCP as a pensions consultant, which involves advising clients (mostly Trustees) on their pensions liabilities and how to best ensure members receive their promised benefits. She joined LCP as a graduate 4 years ago following an 8 week internship which was where she fell in love with the company. She recalls "travelling into London for my first day of work as an intern in the financial industry was daunting to say the least (I must apologise for the cliché but…) within a few hours of being at LCP, I felt at home. LCP has such a friendly and inclusive culture it didn't feel like a financial firm, or least not the one's I'd heard all the rumours about."

Since joining LCP Jess has been involved in recruitment, career progression of others and organising the graduate training programme. On top of this she has become deputy chair of the LGBT+ Network and has worked to give LCP employees the tools required to be great LGBT+ allies.

The Network's aim is to provide a safe space and visible support for the LGBT+ population within LCP and the wider industry, which they do through awareness raising events, networking and training. A big part of the education piece in the network revolves around sharing profiles of role models covering all areas of intersectionality.

Jess comments: "I think it's really important that people are able to see visible role models that they can relate to. It's encouraging and helps you feel like you belong during the times when imposter syndrome kicks in. It also helps you feel like it's ok to be you and bring the version of yourself to work that makes you happy. I'm a big believer that you shouldn't need to come out at work if you don't want to and do not feel that it is relevant. However it's so vital that if you want to be out that you feel comfortable doing so and supported by those around you.

Another bonus to using role models as a means to educate is that is seems to be the best way to recruit allies and help them relate to LGBT+ issues. I've found that experience sharing and open and frank conversations are significantly more effective in engaging others than simply sharing the statistics. I think it's really key to improve inclusion within the industry. The current diversity levels are far from ideal and by improving inclusion within the industry, diversity will follow. We need to ensure that from the outside this feels like a great sector to work in, where you can be your best self."
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