Dehydys Pimentel

Country representing

Spain

Languages

Spanish
English

Education

  • Imperial College
  • PhD

Current organisation

BP

Current role

Senior Midstream Business Developer Europe

Skills and Expertise

Engineering
Graphic design
LGBT rights
Sports

Areas of interest

Education
Environment
Media
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

I have always been passionate about equal opportunities and people being able to bring their whole selves to work. Since joining BP at their technology site in Pangbourne, I observed barriers to colleagues wanting to be themselves in the workplace. I joined the Diversity & Inclusion team to help make a change, and quickly became involved in organising events, speaking in team meetings about our values and behaviours, and ensuring a fair working environment on site. It became apparent that the LGBT+ community was not represented, and there were instances where people had reached out to the greater BP for support. I realised that something had to be done. I spoke to senior leaders including Peter Duff (Head of D&I, EMEA) and along with a colleague from the D&I committee, I created a BP Pride group in Pangbourne. It took a lot of effort to raise awareness and build support, but once momentum was built, it became a runaway success and there has been great feedback. We even gained our VP an OUTstanding award for leading the D&I agenda because of this initiative. I then became chair of the D&I committee, which enabled me to further promote progressive initiatives to a BP site that sadly had a lot of outdated attitudes. Now that I work in a different office, I continue to contribute by being part of the BP Pride steering committee, and I regularly speak at mentoring events with schools from the area to provide motivation and incentive to young people around Canary Wharf.