Diversity is our strength, and maximises our operational effectiveness. We stand up for what is right and protect our communities and our values on a world stage

Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Mike Hill

He said: “It was a real privilege to accept this award on behalf of every sailor and Royal Marine who have all contributed to ensuring we serve in an inclusive Royal Navy.

“We have come a long way on this journey, recognising the importance of recruiting and investing in the best talent regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Diversity is our strength, and maximises our operational effectiveness. We stand up for what is right and protect our communities and our values on a world stage.”

The award recognises the significant progress the Naval Service has made since the ban on people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender serving in the armed forces was lifted in 2000.

The Royal Navy was the first defence organisation to join Stonewall as a Diversity Champion in 2005 and has continued to develop ties with its LGBT+ workforce through Compass.

The award was presented by Lord Michael Cashman and Olympian Mark Foster.

The other nominees in the category were the House of Commons, Welsh Government, Northumbria Police, Transport for London, De Montfort University, National Assembly of Wales, St Andrews University, Ministry of Justice and Nottinghamshire County Council.

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