Lea Armstrong

Lea’s passion for equality, inclusion and accessibility are at the core of everything she does.

Lea began her career at Barclays six years ago and has worked in various roles within the Risk function. She is currently a vice president in the Capital Projects team, leading strategic programmes to deliver enhanced system infrastructure to the Corporate and Investment Bank.

Lea joined Reach (the Barclays’ network for disability, mental health and neurodiversity) in 2017 as Events Lead, organising events promoting disability and mental health confidence. Whilst in this role, Lea introduced new ways to ensure events were fully accessible to colleagues and, never afraid to challenge the status quo, she soon became a powerful voice on accessibility and inclusive best practices.

In 2020 Lea became Deputy Co-Chair of Reach and took the lead on a number of key initiatives, including the relaunch of ‘This Is Me’, a storytelling campaign which encourages colleagues to bring their whole selves to work. When a Co-Chair role became available in January 2021, Lea took another step up and is now leading the 2,000-colleague network with drive and passion.