Banking chiefs are set to battle it out for a top gong at Britain’s ‘Gay Oscars’ later this year.

Chris Sullivan, CEO Corporate Banking Division at RBS, Curt Hess, CEO Europe Middle East and Business Banking at Barclays, and Ian Fisher, Head of Investment Banking for Societe General, are all in the running to be crowned corporate ‘Straight Ally of the Year’ at the Out in the City and G3 Magazine Awards.

The glitzy awards ceremony, taking place at London’s Landmark Hotel on 25 April, will pay tribute to the individuals and organisations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to promoting equality and diversity.

Out in the City and G3 are two of Britain’s biggest gay lifestyle magazines published by the Square Peg Media Group.

“All of those short-listed for the Straight Ally of the Year award have used their position to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace,” says awards organiser Sarah Garrett.

Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Google Europe, Middle East and Africa, has also been nominated for an award.

London based Palmer-Edgecumbe, is short-listed in the Inspirational Role Model category for his work in developing Google’s first integrated diversity strategy. He has also won plaudits for his efforts to promote opportunities for women, BAME and disabled in the workplace.