Kim Whippy

Business Disability Advisor

Kim is a Business Disability Advisor at Business Disability Forum (BDF). She joined BDF in 2015 as a Training and Events Officer, managing the logistics and ensuring the accessibility of BDF’s training and events programme and in-house training offer. She then worked as a Disability Consultant developing and delivering BDF’s learning and development offer.

As one of BDF’s Business Disability Advisors, Kim supports BDF members through Advice Service telephone calls and emails, policy reviews and Disability Confident Validations. Kim has experience advising HR employees and line managers on all aspects of disability as it relates to business and employment, from reasonable adjustments case management, to attendance management policy, to the application of the Equality Act 2010 and relevant case law.

Kim’s key areas of interest are:

  • How to design and manage inclusive communications, training, and events;
  • The accessibility of the built and sensory environment;
  • How to develop manager confidence and practical skills where disability is concerned;
  • Customer experience and adjustments to products and services.

Kim has been involved in a number of projects and work to help ensure Members’ ongoing improvement to being Disability-smart including:

  • Research and support with the ‘State of the Nation: Retaining and developing employees with disabilities’ reports;
  • Supporting with the review and update of BDF’s own line manager guidance;
  • Advising on guidance and delivering training to improve the experience of disabled passengers at a UK airport;
  • Developing training collateral and guidance for a government-run disability inclusion project in the Middle East;
  • Delivering online training for an organisation’s workplace accessibility teams based in Poland and the Philippines;
  • Supporting the training offer of the CamdenAbility project.

Kim has a BA in Medieval and Modern Languages (French) from the University of Oxford and outside work enjoys baking, attempting to keep up her language and art skills, and exploring London with friends and family.