Geffrye Parsons

Managing Director

Macquarie Bank Limited

Geff has a quarter of a century of experience in investment banking, based variously in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Amsterdam. He joined Macquarie’s Commodities & Global Markets division in 2013 as a Managing Director, and is responsible for structured risk mitigation and distribution in the EMEA region.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Geff was a Senior Audit Manager with KPMG in Hong Kong before moving into investment banking. Before joining Macquarie, Geff was a structurer at ING and BNP Paribas, where he respectively joined and co-founded their LGBTQ+ networks.

At Macquarie, Geff has chaired the Pride network for almost six years, during which time it has grown to cover 30% of the overall staff population. Under his stewardship, Macquarie was named in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list in 2016, 2017 and 2018 (Macquarie took a hiatus from submission in 2019), was one of only three financial services organisations to win Stonewall’s ‘Highly Commended Network Group’ accolade in 2018, and won the inaugural PinkNews’ Business Equality Award in October 2018, in recognition of Macquarie’s exemplary commitment to LGBTQ+ rights within its workforce, its customers and the business.

Geff uses his Pride network position, and his role model influence as a Managing Director, to promote the visibility of LGBT+ employees within Macquarie and externally. In this context, he has frequently acted as a speaker, panellist and moderator at external events, provided strategic input to various LGBTQ+ organisations, given press interviews, pioneered cross-industry best practice-sharing forums, and arranged many LGBTQ+ related charitable fundraisers, including for Opening Doors London and Diversity Role Models, for whom he is qualified as a schools role model.

Geff’s passion for promoting the visibility and interests of those identifying as LGBTQ+, and for educating others about LGBTQ+ matters, has resulted in his winning the award for ‘LGBT+ Inspirational Leader’ at the British LGBT Awards in May 2019, being ranked 23rd in the current Financial Times’ list of the Top 100 LGBT+ Executives, and being nominated for the award of 'Corporate Role Model' at the Pink News Awards in October 2018.

Outside work, Geff acts as trustee for London Village Network, a (non-LGBTQ+) charity providing tools for youth and community leaders to build networks for disadvantaged young people, and is a Board member of the Woodberry Down Community Organisation. He is also an avid tennis enthusiast, and a regular participant in international tournaments organised by the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance, in partnership with his husband, Kevin.