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A Cheshire Police employee has been nominated for an award at the British LGBT Awards 2017.
Head of legal services David Bryan is on the 10 person shortlist in the Corporate Straight Ally of the Year category.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 12 May. Previous winners of the celebrity category include Alan Carr, Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen.
Bryan has been a senior leader in the police service for four years. Up until 2013 he specialised in social care, education and criminal justice in local authorities and probation trusts in Yorkshire and the North West.
He is a committed supporter of LGBT equality, accepting with huge pride the role of senior champion firstly for West Yorkshire Probation Trust and subsequently for Cheshire Police, both of which made it into the Stonewall Top 100 Employers under his watch.
The category he has been nominated for will be decided by the competition’s judges.
Following the nomination he said: “I am humbled at being nominated by Cheshire Police for the Nat West Corporate Straight Ally award 2017.
“Taking on the role of the LGBT Champion upon joining Cheshire is something I am extremely passionate about. I am fortunate to be able to influence change within the organisation not simply around LGBT inclusion but on the subject of all diversity both for staff and service users.”
Cheshire Constabulary deputy chief constable Janette McCormick said: “David is well deserving of this nomination, he has led on much of the work we have done to ensure we are inclusive employer for LGBT staff so they know they are supported and can serve all communities.
“He has championed and supported LGBT staff and issues and should be rightly proud of the nomination.”