Polly Shute

Out and About Consultancy

Out and About Consultancy

Polly Shute, Co-Founder of Out and About is an experienced Inclusion and Partnership Specialist with a passion for equity, diversity and inclusion.

Polly has a key focus around LGBTQIA and gender. She has also worked on youth and disability inclusion and has over 10 years experience as a charity and not for profit Director, including 4 years on the Board of Pride in London.

Polly is particularly strong in supporting clients around brand activation and communications in the inclusion space alongside diagnostic and strategy work. Polly is also a media and public speaker and has experience in both moderating and participating on panels and discussion groups focused around EDI.

Polly has been working with leading EDI global consultancy EW Group for the last 12 months. Recent projects of Polly’s include supporting D&I initiatives with clients such as Greene King, Pride Sports, Women in Sport, Brentford Football Club, Royal Society of Medicine, DIVA Media Group, Kohler Mira and PRS Music.

She has also worked on charity and not for profit partnerships with brands that include Disney, Barclays, PwC, Tesco, Shaftesbury Estates and Amazon.

Polly has been consulting in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors following a career as a Marketing Director. She was on the Board of Pride in London until 2018 and has led and founded mayoral-backed business inclusion programme, Pride in the City.

Polly’s commitment to D&I has been recognised through various awards, including being listed in the Top 20 LGBT+ Leaders List by The Financial Times in 2018 and more recently in The Guardian’s Pride Power Lists of 2019 and 2020. She is also recognised as a leader in Profit for Purpose at the 2019 UK Sponsorship Awards. Polly sits on various inclusion committees, including Intermedia and Trans in the City, and is a Trustee for Guide Dogs.

What type of work can Out and About Support?

Out and About supports leading brands with the following:

Consultancy around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This includes everything from diagnostic work, setting policies and strategy through to focused training on inclusion. Out and About can also provide access to it's membership for research and product testing.

CSR and social purpose . With 10 years Director experience, working for charities like The British Heart Foundation, Together for Short Lives and The Royal Society of Medicine, Polly can advise on how brands can develop meaningful and authentic partnerships with not for profits and support good causes.

Public speaking and media engagement. Polly is an accomplished public speaker, having spoken at conferences and on national and international media (Including BBC News, ITV News and Women's Hour) around inclusion and LGBTQIA. Polly has written and contributed to articles that have been published in leading titles, including the BBC, Forbes and The Drum.

Polly also has good contacts with other speakers and panellists, especially those who are LGBTQIA and female.

How do I get in touch about a project?

You can email Polly at polly@beoutandabout.co.uk for a free 30 minute consultancy about a potential project.