Angela Matthews

Advice Service & Policy Manager

Angela Matthews portrait

Angela is the Advice Service and Policy Manager at Business Disability Forum, having previously been a consultant in HR and employment and a strategic adviser to Central Government departments. Angela also currently leads the policy review service and Disability Standard management evaluations. She is Chair of the Central Government Network which exists to engage diversity and disability-related professionals in Central Government in best practice exchange and solutions-focussed debates.

Disability has been a focus for Angela throughout her career. This gives her unique insight into disability as a business issue from a variety of perspectives. Starting in nutrition and occupational therapy (the latter specialising in older people’s mental health and physical rehabilitation), she worked in the education sector advising disability and diversity boards in universities. She then trained in human resources, later focusing on disability-related employee casework, data management, and workplace adjustments. She then became advisor to senior management teams and governing bodies on equality and discrimination law in practice in the education sector. Eventually managing diversity, Angela particularly enjoyed managing equality analysis procedures; establishing disability and diversity monitoring frameworks; and implementing workplace adjustment processes.

Angela’s key interests are in the following areas:

  • ‘Productivity’, engagement, and adjustments in employment;
  • Equality analysis frameworks;
  • Diversity data monitoring, analysis, and information ethics;
  • Emotion, wellbeing, and personal ‘identities’ in the workplace;
  • Disability and health-related social policy.

Angela is academically qualified (BA Hons, PgCert, PgDip, MPhil) and graduated with distinction in equality and discrimination law at postgraduate level. She was also trained in the Equality Act 2010 by the lawyers who drafted the Act itself. She has also enjoyed serving as a volunteer advisor at local ‘blue light’ diversity forums on hate crime related to race, religion and belief, and sexual orientation. She is currently doing her PhD in theology and political philosophy at the University of Kent where she is researching rights-based emotion in social policy and law. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).