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GL Hearn is headline sponsor for Planning Out

20th July 2017

GL Hearn is the headline sponsor for Planning Out’s first anniversary event on Thursday 20 July at City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1.

Co–founders Rob Krzyszowski and Simon Brooksbank created Planning Out, a new LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) professional planning network in 2016 to encourage greater possibilities for gay people to lead their lives in the workplace and wider society with the same level of acceptance and dignity that straight people enjoy.

Guest speakers include the Deputy Mayor for London and the Mayor's Night Czar who will discuss LGBT+ issues, planning and workplace equality, followed by a drinks reception and networking opportunities


  • James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development
  • Amy Lamé, Night Czar for London
  • Stewart Murray, Head of Development, GL Hearn part of Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure
  • Jan Bessell, Strategic Planning Adviser, Pinsent Masons

Planning Out is an LGBT network for professionals in the Planning Sector founded by Simon Brooksbank and Rob Krzyszowski. It has two key aims. Firstly it is a forum for professionals in the LGBT community to develop professional connections and friendships, learn best practice and share ideas from colleagues across the industry. Secondly, is to provide a forum to encourage LGBT professionals to be themselves and be authentic in the workplace and in their everyday lives so that they can fulfill their potential.

Planning Out welcomes all people regardless of seniority, public, private, voluntary or academic sectors as well as those who are supportive of our cause, they also welcome professionals who are connected to the Planning Industry.

Commenting on the sponsorship Stewart Murray said, "GL Hearn, as part of Capita’s Real Estate and Infrastructure consultancy is delighted to be sponsoring this event. We know from experience that: Planning in the UK; our clients; and our business, all benefit from our team being more representative of the society in which we live.  Sponsoring this event helps to raise awareness that we are very much an equal opportunities employer and leading the way on how diversity can improve the way we help our clients”

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