Known as George, George joined BDF in October 2020 as part of the Advice Service, giving guidance to members and partners on all aspects of disability in the world of business.
George has split her career between the commercial sector, working mainly in retail and the service industries, along with the third sector, working with local authority, charity, arts, housing associations and various non-profit organisations as a consultant. Her roles have given her extensive experience in Management, HR (specialising in employee relations, sickness and adjustments, absence, and performance management) and Learning and Development.
Through her years of experience of the operational challenges that businesses face and a BSc (Hons) in Business Management, George appreciates that unique (and sometimes creative) solutions are necessary to overcome the obstacles that disabled people face getting in to and remaining in work.
George is an outgoing and personable post graduate CIPD qualified practitioner with a passion for upskilling managers and organisations with the tools, knowledge and confidence to enable everyone to thrive at work. In addition, she is familiar with developing organisational policies and procedures and is an experienced mediator, helping to repair relationships when these have broken down. She is well versed in unpicking the nuances that complex scenarios can present!
Owning some nonvisible disabilities – including a spinal cord injury – and having several friends and family members with nonvisible long-term conditions, George is strongly interested in the impact on people of nonvisible disability both inside and outside of work. George is acutely aware of the challenges that having nonvisible disabilities or conditions can pose in life. In addition, she is extremely interested in intersectionality and the distinctive challenges and barriers individuals face due to their unique set of personal circumstances.
Outside of work, George has enjoyed volunteering for the Spinal Injuries Association, The Fairtrade Foundation, Crisis and more recently as part of a local Mutual Aid group assisting local residents facing food poverty due to the impact of COVID-19. She also enjoys being on the Advisory Board of Out For Good a national LGBT+ organisation which supports LGBT+ communities to break down barriers while making a difference locally through voluntary projects.
A coffee and red wine lover, George is a keen but inexperienced gardener and although she loves being creative in the kitchen, she hasn’t quite mastered the art of sourdough just yet!
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