Martyn Loukes, B.E.M
Diversity is good for business
Martyn Loukes BEM is an award winning and HRH honoured global diversity leader in industry, most recently employed by Transport for London (TfL) as a Business Development Manager in their Customers, Communications and Technology division. Martyn’s background is in communications, finance (qualified Chartered Management Accountant) and project management (Prince2 Practitioner).
He most recently ran TfL’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Network (LGBT) for over four years stepping down in September 2016. His work in diversity continued to December 2016 where he ran the UK’s largest HIV testing event, and launched the London Gay Men’s Chorus’ 25th anniversary concerts at both Angel and Tottenham Court Road Tube stations.
Martyn was the first person in the world to devise an LGBT themed transport programme – #RidewithPride. This saw London’s first rainbow zebra crossing, a rainbow bus, taxi and Dockland’s Light Railway (DLR) train celebrating diversity, which has since been copied in many other cities. He also introduced the LGBT traffic lights in Trafalgar square which he launched with the Mayor Sadiq Khan in 2016.
Martyn’s specialism is communications, combined with diversity has seen OUTbound become one of the highest profile networks in the UK. His network includes the organisers of Pride in London, Editors of Gay Star News and Pink News, Terence Higgins Trust and a host of other network chairs and leaders. He is very well known in the LGBT community and there are many articles on his work available on the internet.
In January 2017 Martyn left TfL to concentrate on his diversity work.
Awards and Accolades
• British Empire Medal – Queen’s Birthday Honours June 2015
• Freedom of the City of London November 2015
• Top 50 Global Diversity Leader in Industry 2015 and 2016
• Winner Inclusive Network’s ‘Best Community Engagement 2015’ for #RidewithPride
• Finalist as for Network Leader of the Year 2015 for Inclusive Network
• Pink News finalist for Best Public Sector Network in 2015 and 2016