Emma Cusdin has over 20 years experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organisations.  She is currently People Director with Aviva and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development..

Emma is an openly trans woman, having transitioned in 2009, and she is passionate about raising awareness of trans issues.  She has spoken at many trans events organised by leading private sector companies.  


She has been featured in the Financial Times and has written a number of blogs including for the Huffington Post and HR Zone.

Emma Cusdin

Emma has been a Trustee for the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES) and she chaired the National Trans Youth Conference in both 2014 & 2015. 

She was delighted to receive the Positive LGBT Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards in 2017 and she appeared in the OUT at work 2016 top 50 UK LGBT Executives.   Emma further appeared in the OUTstanding leading LGBT+ top 100 executives list.


Emma also sits on the trans advisory group (called the ‘T squad’) for the start-up LGBT Insurance company, Emerald Life.

Emma co-founded trans*formation, the UK’s largest professional networking organisation for trans* individuals, their friends and colleagues.