Membership Directory - Individual

John Godfrey

Corporate Affairs Director at Legal & General


Bio: John has worked in the City for over 30 years, providing advice on corporate affairs and communications to US, European and Japanese financial institutions. As Corporate Affairs director he is responsible for articulating and demonstrating the company's commitment to being economically and socially useful to a broad range of stakeholders.

He joined Legal & General as Group Communications Director in 2006, becoming Corporate Affairs Director following the global financial crisis. Since then, his responsibilities have variously included communications, public affairs and policy, corporate social responsibility and brand. In 2016 he left Legal & General to work in government as head of the Prime Minister's Downing Street Policy Unit, returning to the company in September 2017.

John is proud to be an LGBT Ally because, he believes that diversity is not just right, it also works by delivering better informed decisions and a better workplace. In his own words, "a workplace that fails to be diverse and inclusive is a failed workplace."

In addition to being an LGBT Great Ally, John is Executive Sponsor for Legal & General's Mental Health activity. He believes that greater inclusion and acceptance of diversity will help reduce the incidence of mental health issues, which is significantly higher in the LGBT+ community than across the population as a whole.