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LGBT Champion Awarded MBE In New Years Honours

A Portishead based woman has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Lisa Pinney who works for the Environment Agency as the Head of Strategic Co-Ordination, was presented with the award in recognition of her services to equality in the workplace following her work in setting up an LGBT Network within the Agency, while also advising her organisation how to become more inclusive towards the community.

The honours system is designed to recognise people who have either made achievements in public life, or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

Whether someone gets an honour – and the honour they get – is decided by an honours committee, whose  decisions go to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.

On finding out she had received the honour, Lisa told The Weston Mercury “I’m absolutely over the moon. It’s really humbling to be recognised like this. It’s not just about me, but all the people who have worked together.”

“The Environment Agency is such a different place now. Seven or eight years ago it didn’t feel like a very inclusive place to be for gay people, but it’s fantastic the organisation recognises how much it has benefited from becoming more inclusive.”

Earlier in the year, Lisa delivered a keynote address at the Video_icon 2013 Stonewall Workplace Conference in Manchester