Andrew Bester is Lloyds Banking Group’s Executive Sponsor for Inclusion & Diversity, the Group Executive Sponsor for Gender and is heavily involved with supporting the Group’s women’s network, Breakthrough. Andrew chairs the I&D Operational Committee, which tracks monthly progress against the Group’s Helping Britain Prosper Plan. He is passionate about creating an inclusive environment for all colleagues, regularly fronting campaigns across the organisation to ensure colleagues and leaders see inclusion and diversity as business imperative. Andrew sponsored an organisation-wide requirement that all shortlists for senior-level hires should evidence gender diversity. He also personally mentors women both within Lloyds and externally. Andrew has conducted focus groups with women and men at different grades to understand their issues and challenges, and has spoken publically both internally and externally about the role men have to play in advancing gender equality. Andrew champions the Women of the Future Ambassadors Programme, and gave the keynote speech at the annual reception event in April. He has taken part in a number of media interviews and global panels on gender diversity, and was recently named in the 2017 Management Today ‘Agents of Change’ list.