Geff Parsons

Geff has almost a quarter of a century of experience in investment banking, based variously in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Amsterdam.  He joined Macquarie’s Commodities & Global Markets division in 2013 as a Managing Director, and is responsible for structured risk mitigation and distribution in the EMEA region. 

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Geff was a Senior Audit Manager with KPMG in Hong Kong before moving into investment banking.  Before Macquarie, Geff was a structurer at ING and BNP Paribas, where he respectively joined and co-founded their LGBT+ networks.

At Macquarie, Geff has chaired the Pride network for five years, during which time it has grown to 30% of the staff population.  Under his stewardship, Macquarie has been named in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list for the 2016, 2017 and 2018, is one of only three financial services organisations with the ‘Highly Commended Network Group’ accolade from Stonewall in 2018, and has been nominated for PinkNews’ Business Equality Award 2018.

Geff uses his Pride network position, and his role model influence as a Managing Director, to promote the visibility of LGBT+ employees within Macquarie and externally.  In this context, he has frequently acted as a speaker, panellist and moderator at external events, provided strategic input to LGBT+ organisations like GiveOut and Rainbow Railroad, given press interviews, and pioneered cross-industry best practice-sharing forums externally.

He also championed the London Bisexual Network’s formation and the inclusion of the first bi float in the Pride in London Parade, and has arranged many LGBT-related charitable fundraisers, including for Opening Doors London and Diversity Role Models, for whom he is qualified as a schools role model.

Geff’s passion for promoting the visibility and interests of those identifying as LGBT+ and for educating others about LGBT+ matters has resulted in his nomination for Pink News’ Corporate Role Model Award 2018.

Outside work, Geff acts as trustee for London Village Network, a (non-LGBT+) charity providing tools for youth and community leaders to build networks for disadvantaged young people, and is a Board member of the Woodberry Down Community Organisation.  He is also an avid tennis enthusiast, and a regular participant in international tournaments organised by the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance – he recently partnered his husband Kevin in the A-grade men’s doubles event at the Gay Games in Paris in August 2018, where they won silver medals.