Meet our judging panel for the 2017 Disability-smart Awards

The Disability-smart Awards are given to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people.

Entries for the 2017 Disability-smart Awards are now open! Click here for more information on how to enter. 

You can meet the judging panel for this year's awards below.

Geoff Adams-Spink, Director, Adams-Spink Ltd

Geoff Adams-Spink

Until April 2011, Geoff was the BBC's Age & Disability Correspondent, covering issues of relevance to older and disabled people for radio, television and the BBC News website.

Geoff now runs his own company which is very active in the arena of disability and technology. He also chairs a pan-European federation of organisations for people affected by congenital limb difference. The European Dysmelia Reference Information Centre (EDRIC) has 24 member organisations in 17 countries and represents around 5,000 people with the variety of rare conditions that are collectively known as 'dysmelia'.

Paulette Cohen, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays

Paulette Cohen

Paulette leads Barclays' D&I strategy and campaigns across global functions, and has lead responsibility for driving forward the disability agenda across the business, including Barclays campaign on mental health and wellbeing, This is Me.

She joined Barclays in 2010, following six years as Deputy Chief Executive of Windsor Leadership. Previously, she headed up communications at Save the Children, VSO, and The Conservation Volunteers where she was a board member for seven years. She currently sits on the board of the International Broadcasting Trust.

Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive, Scope

Mark Atkinson

Mark has predominately worked in the third sector undertaking communications, policy and strategy roles for organisations including Citizens Advice, Youth Sport Trust and Ambitious about Autism. He spent three years working for the Local Government Association in both Westminster and Brussels.

Mark is also a Trustee of Prisoners Abroad, a human rights and welfare charity providing humanitarian aid, expert advice and emotional support to people affected by overseas imprisonment.

David Brindle, Public Services Editor, The Guardian

 David Brindle

David specialises in social policy issues and has won awards for his coverage of health and social care and the voluntary sector. He is a regular conference chair and speaker.

He is also chair of NDTi, a not-for-profit organisation working to improve support for people at risk of exclusion, and vice-chair of Recovery Focus, a group of charities providing mental health and addiction services. He is a member of various advisory committees, including those of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the School for Social Care Research.

Janet Hill CBE, Programme Director, Civil Service Disability Inclusion, Cabinet Office

Janet Hill

Janet’s role working on Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy has involved overseeing the development of cross-Government initiatives such as piloting a new Corporate Workplace Adjustment Service.

Janet received her CBE in the June 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Diversity & Inclusion.

Mark Lomas, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at HS2 (High Speed Rail 2)

Mark Lomas

Mark has delivered numerous diversity and inclusion projects for organisations across a wide variety of sectors, including The Financial Reporting Council, Groupama Insurance, The BBC, The Law Society, Sheffield University, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Boards, Highways England, ITV, and The Bermuda Human Rights Commission.

Mark is a published author on the topic of Equality and Diversity having authored the Law Society E&D Risk & Compliance Toolkit, which assists law firms to comply with regulation.

Martyn Sibley, Writer & CEO of Disability Horizons Media Group.

Martyn Sibley

Martyn is a blogger, CEO of Disability Horizons Media Group, and an adviser to governments, businesses and charities on inclusion.

Recently voted Britain's third most influential disabled person in the Power 100 list, Martyn works tirelessly on equality for disabled people.