ICE Fellow awarded Special Commendation at Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion awards

Dan Hooper, a Catchment Engineer with the Environment Agency was highly commended for his work in the championing LGBTI category for his work on transgender issues.

Daniel Hooper, here with Keela Shackell-Smith, was Chair of ICE’s Equality and Diversity committee.
Daniel Hooper, here with Keela Shackell-Smith, was Chair of ICE’s Equality and Diversity committee.

Now in their 10th year, the 'Championing difference: Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion' Awards are organised by Dods, in partnership with the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Team and aim to highlight and champion the importance of diversity and inclusion across government.

They are open to all Civil Service organisations, including Executive Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies and Arms Lengths bodies, as well as from the wider public sector.

ICE Fellow Dan's nomination highlighted his work on to transgender issues and pointed to the way that he has used his unique and visible senior engineering position to demonstrate the benefits of 'being yourself' in the workplace to deliver challenging projects.

Daniel is a lone transman in a staff of 10,000 and is committed to ensuring that the culture, processes and policies are suitably embedded and developed to support any other staff members with gender identity concerns. Over the last 5 years Daniel has taken part in several informative initiatives to raise awareness of trans issues in the workplace, which include keynote speaking at many internal events, preparing a short DVD outlining trans issues, developing the Transsexual Policy and Guidelines for Managers, and facilitating workshops. Daniel was until recently Chair of ICE's Equality and Diversity committee, and was awarded Fellow status primarily with respect to his diversity leadership and influence within the civil engineering industry.

Daniel carries out his LGBTI and diversity duties above and beyond the scope of his engineering role, however his role does allow him to have significant contact with others both within and without the Environment Agency. This gives him the forum to lead by example, demonstrating that colleagues may achieve their aspirations. An example of this is his work as the Area Engineer for the delivery of complex projects, for which he has been awarded the 2016 Operations Senior User Award.

Speaking of his commendation, Dan commented:

"I was so pleased to have been short-listed from an extensive list of nominations. I was doubly thrilled to receive the Highly Commended award for championing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people in the workplace. I can only be me at work and able to progress my passion of raising trans-awareness with the continued support of my managers and colleagues, so this really is a team effort."

Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, said of the Awards:

"Being nominated for an award is recognition of the contribution and success of those colleagues who have gone out of their way to champion difference and make the Civil Service a fairer and more inclusive place to work."