Ernst and Young’s Liz Bingham: ‘If working-class gay school leaver can be made OBE, so can you’

PUBLISHED: 16:16 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:42 05 January 2015

Liz Bingham was recognised in the New Year's Honours List

Liz Bingham was recognised in the New Year's Honours List


A finance boss has spoken of her hopes that being made an OBE as a “working-class school leaver and gay woman” will inspire others to aim high.

Liz Bingham, of Cholmley Gardens, West Hampstead, was recognised in the New Year’s Honours List for promoting equality in the workplace as managing partner of people and talent at Big Four accountancy firm Ernst and Young.

The 52-year-old said her proudest achievement was when the company ranked first for workplace equality in 2012 in an annual index of the top 100 gay-friendly employers by gay rights charity Stonewall.

Ms Bingham said: “I’m from a working-class background, state school background, not a graduate, a woman and gay, so I hope people will take a lot out of that and reflect on themselves and think, ‘if she can do that, then I can too.’”

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