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BVCA podcast – S2 EP7: LGBTQ+ within the private capital industry

Publish Date 20 Jun 2024
Categories Podcasts
To coincide with Pride Month, the BVCA has produced a new podcast, LGBTQ+ within the private capital industry.

Hosted by Natalie Whiley, Head of Industry Development and Jordan Crossfield, Industry Development Manager at the BVCA, with guests Simon Blakey, Chair of the Investment Committee at Playfair Capital, and Morten Siggaard, Principal at Cinven, the podcast explores how firms can build inclusive cultures and support individuals to be their authentic selves.

The BVCA podcast emphasises the significance of DE&I in the private capital sector, with a spotlight on LGBTQ+ representation. Guests share their perspectives on current efforts, challenges, and effective practices for building inclusive workplaces and the positive effects of supporting diversity within portfolio companies.

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Running order:
  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 01:52 – The changing landscape within the private capital industry, the speakers perspectives
  • 07:33 – Awareness, representation and support from your firm, and top tips for firms to increase this support to staff
  • 10:13 – Senior buy-in within firms – guidance and best practice
  • 13:48 – The importance of networks and senior allies and working with portfolio companies to build inclusive cultures
  • 16:37 – The importance of data and KPI metrics for LGBTQ+ representation across firms and portfolio companies and how this is developing
  • 00:22:37 – Personal perspectives and the strength found from facing adversity in personal and professional lives
  • 25:29 – Guidance on where to start building an inclusive culture

You can listen to the podcast via the media player above, as well as your favourite podcasting platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. If you have any questions about the content in this episode, or feedback then please contact

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