In 2009, the company I was working for at the time paid for me to come to the UK and study English. I’d been in Venezuela for 27 years so naturally, I was so excited. I remember when I landed and I got on the tube, I saw someone wearing a burqa for the first time. That’s the reason I ended up living here, I wanted to be exposed to all these different cultures that I hadn’t seen in Venezuela. At Colt I absolutely get that – we were in a team meeting with a supplier the other day, and we realised that not a single person in the room was from the same country.
Moving to London has also made me feel proud to be a gay man. One of my great passions is supporting the Diversity Role Models charity, which tackles homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools. I also got married four years ago, and I was the first in my family to marry someone of the same gender. It was a really big breakthrough in my family – now that they’d seen me get married, they’ve become a lot more accepting, and a lot of my cousins have since come out because they feel that they can now. I’m actually really, really proud of that.
Jesus Leon | Senior Manager Strategic Procurement & Supply Chain | London