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Image of Diane LightfootDiane is responsible for leading and shaping all aspects of Business Disability Forum’s strategy and delivery and for representing the organisation at the highest levels of business and government.

Diane sits on a number of boards including the Government’s Disability Expert Advisory Panel and the Institute of Coding’s Diversity & Inclusion Board. She is Chair of the Disabled Students’ Stakeholder Group, a Commissioner for the Disability Commission, chaired by Lord Shinkwin and hosted by the Centre for Social Justice, and co-Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium. She is also Chair of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation. 

Diane joined Business Disability Forum in February 2017 after moving from her former role as Director of Policy and Communications for United Response, a leading national disability charity. Whilst at United Response, Diane also took on the strategic leadership of the organisation’s employment services as a whole and she is passionate about the role that good work has to play in transforming people’s lives. Prior to joining United Response, Diane was Head of Marketing at two membership charities – NCVO and the Pre-school Learning Alliance after beginning her career in local government.

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David’s focus is on introducing organisations to the benefits of working with Business Disability Forum (and the options available); illustrating our whole-organisational approach to disability inclusion.

Over his 16 years at Business Disability Forum, David has also been responsible for the marketing and communications, events, tailored training, consultancy, strategic alliances, and project development teams.

Prior to joining Business Disability Forum, David’s career was mainly focused on media and publishing; beginning as a journalist and moving through the ranks with various publishing houses as features’ writer, editor, publisher and ultimately with directorial roles responsible for newspapers, supplements, e-commerce, marketing, events and contract publishing.

For a short period in the late 90s, David moved away from publishing to take on a role as business development director for a growing web development company, seeing annual turnover during his tenure rise from £2m to £6m. His clients at that time included EMI, Interflora, Boots, Delia Smith, IPC Media, Emap, Reed and many more.

Image of Bela GorBela is responsible for the design and content of Business Disability Forum Events including our Conferences and new products such as Toolkits as well as for the Disability Smart Awards. 

She is a lawyer with over 20 years’ of all aspects of disability discrimination law and best practice in: 

  • providing high-level consultancy support to business and government agencies leading reviews and improvement processes for organisations including banks and government agencies. 
  • writing best practice guidance including the People Manager Guide series and the Mental Health Toolkit 
  • designing, writing and producing e-learning on disability and mental health. 
  • providing regular analyses and updates on discrimination law.
  • delivering training on all aspects of disability, mental health and the law.                    

Bela has worked closely with the financial, retail, broadcast media and health sectors and advises on a variety of subjects ranging from the law and reasonable adjustments in both employment and customer contexts to consumers in vulnerable situations and mental health.  Before joining Business Disability Forum she represented disabled clients in some of the earliest cases under the then new Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to test the new law and has influenced the development of the legislation. She continues to write and speak about how disability legislation might be failing disabled people and business and the need for revision and review.

Image of Angela MatthewsAngela joined Business Disability Forum (BDF) in 2013. She leads the knowledge teams to ensure our advisory functions are informed by the latest business and employment policy related developments and ensures our policy work and advice is evidenced based. Angela writes BDF’s responses to Government and other policy related consultations and enquiries and other policy related consultations and inquiries. She is regularly invited to be an advisor on disability and inclusion related social and public policy inquiry or strategy groups and academic research projects.

Angela leads BDF’s advice functions, which includes the Advice Service and our Smarter London SMEs grant-funded project. She is often invited to be a non-academic adviser on academic research groups. She is regularly interviewed by and writes for HR and occupational health related trade publications, and disability related press. She regularly speaks at conferences and panel events and has also appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Prior to joining BDF, Angela’s career spanned from dementia care services and occupational therapy (mental health and physical rehabilitation) to HR and equalities management. As a HR specialist in disability and health inclusion, Angela focused on disability-related employee casework, workplace adjustments procedures, and equalities data management. She has also been an advisor to senior management teams and governing bodies on equality and discrimination law in practice in the public sector. She has enjoyed serving as a volunteer advisor at local ‘blue light’ diversity working groups on disability, religion and belief, domestic violence, and sexual orientation hate crime.

Angela is academically qualified (BA Hons, PgCert, PgDip, MPhil) in religion and equalities, human rights and discrimination law, and social philosophy, and was trained in law by some of the lawyers who drafted the Equality Act 2010. She has arranged events on social movements, including co-producing a conference titled “Emotional Politics” at the University of Kent, which brought together academics and researchers’ work on the role of emotion in social change related activism.

Outside of BDF, Angela leads the Kent branch of the National Society for Phenlyketonuria (PKU), a support group for people with PKU and their relatives and carers. 

Connect with Angela on LinkedIn  

Image of Adrian WardAdrian leads the teams responsible for all relationships with Business Disability Forum’s Members and Partners as well as overseeing our consultancy and learning and development services. Adrian is an experienced disability consultant and has an extensive background in human resources within the public sector, specialising in diversity and inclusion.   

Adrian spent several years as a regional diversity and inclusion manager providing strategic guidance and advice to a large operational business area within the public sector. Prior to that he was the Chief Welfare Officer leading a team of staff counsellors and had overall responsibility for the department’s wellbeing strategy. 

Before joining Business Disability Forum, Adrian led a diversity and inclusion experts team within a large Civil Service organisation specialising in all aspects of disability as well as leading on Public Sector Equality Duty work. Adrian has practical experience of developing departmental policies (including disability-specific policies) and procedures and overseeing effective implementation of these.  

Adrian is also a qualified mediator with nearly 15 years of conflict resolution experience across the public, private and third sectors. As well as providing mediation services Adrian has developed a neutral diagnostic tool designed to help organisations resolve disability-related complaints, grievances or systemic issues using a constructive, blame-free process. 

Adrian and his son are season ticket holders at Brentford Football Club so weekends are often consumed watching the beautiful game. 

Image of Rick WilliamsRick is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has been working in the field of disability and equality for 20 years. He is an experienced consultant and trainer with a high level of expertise in disability issues, their impact on individuals, and their importance to organisations. 

Rick has worked with many organisations in a wide range of areas at both a national and international level. He has worked with many Business Disability Forum Partners and Members and has a proven track record of providing project-based consultancy to support organisations develop their approach to employing disabled people and achieving barrier-free services. As part of this work he was one of the co-authors of the ClickAway Pound reports which assessed the impact of inaccessible websites on both business and disabled people. 

Prior to working in the field of disability, Rick was employed at a senior level in the Health and Safety Executive and, before leaving in 2001, was the Regional Development Manager for the London and South East Region. These factors, combined with his visual impairment, give him a unique understanding of how to support organisations in becoming disability-smart. 

  

Image of Barnaby PowellBarnaby is responsible for HR and facilities management at BDF. He also leads the BDF’s internal Accessibility Working Group, whose aim is to ensure everything BDF does internally for staff is as accessible and useable as possible. 

Barnaby joined BDF in 2007 and has previously worked in HR in both private and public sector organisations. 

When not at work Barnaby enjoys cycling, martial arts and football. 

Image of Karen CuttsKaren joined Business Disability Forum in 2018. She started her research career over 25 years ago and has worked in various environments in that time. Having started out in business research Karen moved into a role with a focus on social policy research approximately 15 years ago. Most of her experience has been in research agencies, her most recent role was within the social policy division of GfK (formerly NOP). 

Karen is highly experienced in all quantitative methodologies and is also skilled in facilitating qualitative fieldwork and thematic analysis. She has worked with a range of large, private sector organisations and central government departments. A range of clients and research briefs over the years has ensured that Karen has a solid grounding in all aspects of research design and project set up, management of fieldwork and impactful reporting and presentations. 

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Ruth is the Learning and Development Manager at the Business Disability Forum. Her key departmental responsibilities include managing a team of trainers; working with clients to determine their current and emerging development needs; designing learning programmes; delivering learning solutions, assessments, and evaluation.

Ruth has several years of experience working in learning and development both as an in-house specialist and a private consultant helping businesses to meet strategic objectives through tailored learning solutions. She has a background working in Diversity and Inclusion and supporting and advising senior leadership in both HR and Organisational Development capacities.

She started her career in her native Canada and has since gained experience working in diversity, education, and learning globally. Her career focus is primarily on the outcome of enhancing personal and organisational capability and helping people reach their full potential, by helping them to unlock their thinking and removing barriers. She has brought this focus to her work and a volunteer with local organisations.

Her professional experience includes leading initiatives that develop and promote good practice in equality and diversity, mental health, performance management, customer experience, sales, marketing, learning and development, organisational change, and employee engagement. Ruth enjoys working with diverse audiences and has had the opportunity to work with clients across Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa, and has worked with global organisations including EUROClio and UNESCO.

Ruth continues her efforts to help build better businesses by supporting in being better at building people.

Image of Lucy RuckLucy joined Business Disability Forum in 2014. Since then, she has been leading the Technology Taskforce. This includes developing the resources available as part of the Knowledge Hub. This combines a large selection of best practice guides and case studies, which are about how our Members and Partners have become more Disability Smart by using technology. 

 Lucy also manages the Customer Taskforce and the Northern England Network bringing her expertise and energy to these groups. 

Lucy has previous experience of working within private, public and third sector organisations, predominantly within their ICT departments. Her knowledge brings a combination of technical understanding, communication, and customer service skills. Whilst working at a local authority, Lucy was also the Chair of the staff disability network. 

In 2015, she supported Scope with their DDA 20 campaign and was involved in a short film that they made, marking the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act. 

Lucy is a lifetime member of the Limbless Association, and sat on their board of directors as a trustee. 

Image of Michelle WickendenMichelle joined Business Disability Forum in 2013. She worked for several years within local authority as the Disabled Students Manager, working with students entering Higher Education – providing financial support via the Disabled Students Allowance. 

Michelle worked at the Student Loans Company (SLC) as Student Finance Consultant working with higher education and universities providing information, advice, and guidance on changes within student finance’.

Shortly after commencing this role, Michelle was seconded to the position of Diversity Manager within the SLC working with both internal and external stakeholders to implement the changes of the Equality Act 2010.

This included undertaking equality impact assessments, customer insight surveys, chairing disability working groups, presenting at seminars and providing training to internal and external stakeholders in workshop style events. She was responsible for developing and delivering SLC’s roadshows, which targeted at the Disabled Students Allowance 2009/2010, 2010/2011 before moving in 2011 to the role as Business Development Manager for a specialist provider in disability services in independent assistive technology training.   

Image of Ebunola AdenipekunEbunola joined Business Disability Forum in 2018. Ebun has a degree and Master’s degree in journalism and has worked in various editorial, communications and social media-related roles before joining Business Disability Forum. 

Outside of work, Ebun is an avid music listener, pub quizzer and online karaoke singer, as well as being a keen artist with an interest in fashion illustration. 

Liam leads the advice team which advises Members and Partners on inquiries relating to disability within their organisations. He has a keen interest in reducing barriers within organisations, and to equip managers with the tools, knowledge and confidence in order to create an accessible and enriching environment for all.    

His most recent role entailed working within the early careers space at Deutsche Bank. He also has a broad HR generalist experience, working across the engineering, not-for-profit and logistics sectors. Liam has also worked within the disability employment advisory space, working for the learning disability charity, Mencap. He has coached and advised both employees and employers on workplace adjustments and improving on disability accessibility within the workplace; as well as being an advocate for disability throughout his career.  

Liam has just recently completed his MSc in Organisational Psychology at the University of Kent, combining the fields of HR and social psychology into one research area. He has researched and specialised in the field of hidden disability bias and discrimination within recruitment, aiming to implement and develop his obtained knowledge further. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is also currently working towards his postgraduate CIPD qualification. Liam is an avid cricket fan and a developing mixed martial arts observer; playing cricket since he can remember and starting out his training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the end of 2019.   

Connect with Liam on LinkedIn. 

Davina Critchley

Davina works as the Global Taskforce Manager at Business Disability Forum, working closely with both UK and global businesses and organisations, providing advice on their disability inclusion strategies. She also works alongside our partner businesses, providing high-level consultancy support on a range of processes to enable them to become disability-smart.

Davina has held a number of posts including HR roles in city-based law firms, working as a teacher of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) and adult literacy before becoming a dyslexia specialist tutor and then a qualified assessor in 2011. The latter qualification enables Davina to administer a range of diagnostic and standardised tests so that she can make formal diagnoses of dyslexia.

Davina has worked across the education sector and was the Head of Inclusion at a further education college, leading a large team of teachers and specialists where she was responsible for ensuring that all students with additional needs were supported. Before joining Business Disability Forum, she led the inclusion team at a sixth form college predominately supporting students with mental health challenges.

Fleur Donnelly-JacksonFleur joined Business Disability Forum as a Senior Business Disability Partner at Business Disability Forum in 2020.

Prior to joining Business Disability Forum, Fleur worked in roles for 10 years in the public and third sectors, providing access advice, consultancy and disability inclusion training. She has worked in Campaigns and Policy teams at RNIB, Crisis, Leonard Cheshire, and Guide Dogs to campaign on issues of financial inclusion, and the accessibility of transport and patient health information. She has experience of managing large volunteer programmes with a focus of opening up opportunities for disabled people to participate, e.g. the Big Lottery-funded ‘Can Do’ programme and Tate Gallery’s volunteer programme.

She has chaired several Access networks, including Tate’s staff disability network, working with senior leaders in the arts sector to improve their inclusion agendas for disabled staff and visitors. She is a Trustee for Action Space, and outside of work is a practising artist and local councillor.

At Business Disability Forum Fleur acts as a Strategic Advisor to several large public and private sector organisations.

Hazel joined Business Disability Forum in January 2021 following more than 20 years of delivering Recruitment and HR solutions to the Private and Public sectors.  Having been an enthusiastic champion of disability best practice and Vice Chair of a disability network, Hazel now combines her experience of working with and supporting large complex organisations with her expert knowledge of recruitment process, employee value propositions and her passion for disability inclusion. To underpin her professional experience Hazel is currently studying CIPD Level 5 in HR Management.

Hazel is a Prince2 Practitioner and has experience of delivering people and organisational change projects with a keen interest on utilising data to help shape informed decision making and evidencing impact and outcomes.

Outside of work, Hazel has developed her knowledge of the Education Industry having been a School Governor of a large Academy Secondary School in Milton Keynes since 2015 and is the Chair of the Learning and Curriculum Committee.  She has also recently become a Governor of a Federation of 5 Infant Schools and will be the link Governor for her local village school.

Being a carer of a parent with a brain injury and an in-law with Alzheimer’s has allowed Hazel to gain a better understanding of mental health conditions and has a particular interest in mental health.

Image of Keith HarrisKeith joined Business Disability Forum in 2007. His experience is in building and maintaining effective business relationships with a wide range of members across the public and private sectors, supporting them to further their disability agenda over time. He specialises in supporting organisations in the legal, retail, central government, and higher education sectors to increase accessibility, productivity and profitability. 

Prior to joining Business Disability Forum, Keith owned a fish restaurant so retains a keen interest in food and wine. 

Outside of work, Keith is a proud husband with 2 kids, and is a huge fan of jazz music. 

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Image of Courtney SwabyCourtney joined Business Disability Forum in 2014. Courtney’s proven strength is in his ability to build and manage different types of relationships at all levels of a business. He has extensive experience in listening and understanding the needs of organisations and being able to impart his knowledge of disability as it affects business. The organisations he works with often comment on how visible Courtney’s passion is for the inclusion of disabled people and that you sometimes have to treat people differently to treat them fairly”.   

Courtney specialises in supporting organisations within the finance, emergency services and law enforcement, IT, and insurance sectors. He is also a member of the accessibility and passenger stakeholder group for London City airport. 

His previous role was with an organisation that looked at the accessibility of websites. Courtney is a qualified mentor and is trained in counselling. 

Courtney has spoken at events on disability in BAME communities and on businesses getting the foundations of disability inclusion in place. He is also a regular attendee at WharfAbility, a network of corporate professionals across London who are engaged in the disability inclusion in business agenda. 

Outside of work, Courtney is the frontman for a covers band, The Love Handles. 

Connect with Courtney on LinkedIn. 

Image of Karan SnuggsKaran joined Business Disability Forum in 2017. Karan has a varied background with 20 years’ experience within the NHS . A change of career Karan moved into Welfare to Work, as a senior consultant worked on various government contracts aiding long-term unemployed lone parents back into work. As a trained Mediator Karan has extensive experience and an understanding of both building and maintaining relationships.

Karan has a large family and enjoys spending time with them.

It’s not all about the family, Karan is diehard Chelsea FC fan and member of the club for over 50 years.

Image of Clare CromartyClare has worked in the field of disability and equality for 15 years. She has in-depth knowledge and experience in all aspects of the disability, diversity and inclusion agenda. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 

Clare has delivered a wide range of consultancy and training to Business Disability Forum Partners and Members as well as other organisations at a national and international level. Her specialisms include policy and organisational reviews on which she has written guidance for major organisations. 

Clare is an experienced HR, employment law, and management development specialist. Clare has a hearing impairment which gives her a good insight into the lived experience of someone who has a disability. This, combined with her professional skills and experience, gives her a full understanding of the issues on which she works. 

Graeme is a Senior Consultant with Business Disability Forum with a career in IT starting in the 1980s which led him to becoming an expert in Digital Accessibility in the early 2000s. His work in this field was recognised in 2009 by being awarded Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the UK Financial Sector Technology Awards. In 2010 he wrote the procurement annex for BS 8878, a British Standard on Web Accessibility.

Transitioning into a full-time disability management role at Lloyds Banking Group in 2010, he became recognised as an expert on matters relating to disability in business and a well-known agent of change. His key achievements included creating an award-winning approach to making workplace adjustments for disabled employees at Lloyds Banking Group, and leading the creation of the Dementia Friendly Financial Services charter whilst representing the UK banking sector on the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge 2012-15. 

Graeme takes a pan-business approach to helping companies embed best practice on disability and inclusion with workplace adjustments as a core focus. His clients include Channel 4 Television (where he was their Disability Specialist and created their free guide for the media sector on employing disabled talent), Ofcom, Financial Ombudsman Service, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and RNIB.

He was a member of the steering committee that formed the Government’s Disability Confident scheme and still works closely with the Office of Disability Issues on the scheme and other elements of Government support such as Access to Work and the recently published framework for voluntary disability data reporting.

Graeme was awarded an MBE in 2016 for his services to people with dementia and disabilities.

Jan has been working in the field of access and inclusive design for over twenty years. She is a registered occupational therapist and gained a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Access from the Architectural Association in 1997. Since then Jan has developed extensive experience of working with many organisations across the UK to assist them in developing environments and services that are inclusive and welcoming. Jan’s experience extends across a wide range of settings including cinemas, museums, historic buildings, offices and the countryside. Her advice is straightforward and practical – based on her knowledge and considerable expertise in access consultancy and many years of experience of working closely with people who experience barriers to access. Jan is also an experienced group facilitator and frequently carries out consultation as part of a wider access consultancy brief.

Image of Adam CaseyAdam joined the Business Disability Forum in June 2017. He is responsible for the organisation and delivery of Business Disability Forum’s events programme. 

Adam began his events career at the Globe Theatre supporting on large scale public and family events. He then moved on to the London Science Museum working on the Science Museum evening event programme and an array of other events before progressing to support on large scale gallery openings and private functions across the museum. He later continued to develop his skills at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, organising large fundraising dinners and events at prestigious venues across London and the UK. 

Outside of work, Adam enjoys climbing, sport, music, and travel. 

Image of Emily JacksonEmily works in the Advice Service offering guidance to human resources professionals, line managers, and service providers on all aspects of disability as it relates to business.  

Emily’s key interests are intersectionality, mental health, and making effective adjustments for employees to ensure the workplace is inclusive, supportive and barrier-free. 

Joining Business Disability Forum in 2015, Emily began her career as Press Officer, working with journalists and media outlets to raise effective awareness of disability best practice as evidenced across business. Emily then moved into the consultancy team where she co-delivered projects including increasing employment opportunities for disabled people in Camden (CamdenAbility) and international consultancy work with Saudi Rehab Group. 

Before joining Business Disability Forum, Emily worked as a Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for one of the UK’s leading live sound and event production companies, where she wrote articles for professional audio magazines and live events publications. 

Emily studied Sociology and Politics at the University of Birmingham, graduating with a 2:1 BA Hons in 2011. 

Outside of work, Emily is a keen musician and played in several bands growing up in Manchester.  

Sara BartlettSarah oversees BDF’s media and press work. She has worked as a communicator in the disability sector for over 15 years.

She started her career as a parliamentary researcher and advisor. She then moved into the charity sector where she has led teams across the areas of press, public affairs and campaigns.

Sarah is passionate about sharing stories and experiences to help improve the lives of disabled people.

Sarah also enjoys writing. She has researched and authored several resources for Business Disability Forum, including Business Disability Forum’s Inclusive Communication Toolkit.

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Parma SiraParma joined BDF in August 2020 to lead on the Smarter London SMEs project, providing free disability and inclusion advice and support to small and medium sized businesses in London.

Parma has vast expertise in disability and inclusion having worked with London businesses for over 20 years, breaking down the barriers of recruiting and retaining employees from disadvantaged communities.

At the London Borough of Newham he helped businesses flocking to the area in what was Europe’s largest urban regeneration project at the time – the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and Westfield developments – develop innovative inclusion strategies to ensure opportunities were accessible to local talent.

Most recently, Parma delivered on the CamdenAbility project in partnership with BDF, creating and developing a disability network of employers to improve disability standards in the region. The project established a thriving marketplace of opportunities by connecting Camden based businesses with talented disabled people. CamdenAbility was recognised nationally when it was nominated as an ERSA (Employment Related Services Association) award finalist in 2018 in recognition to its innovative approach of working collaboratively with businesses to positively impact the lives of disabled people.

Parma is the main point of contact for Smarter London SMEs, working side by side with London’s small business community to become disability smart employers.

Daniel joined Business Disability Forum in 2020. As a Senior Business Disability Partner, he works alongside several organisations, providing advice and support to enable them to become disability smart. In addition, he supports the work of the Global Taskforce, keeping members connected and supporting their work to enable it to reach a wider audience and have an even greater impact.

Daniel has held various roles in account management and, for the past ten years has primarily worked in the third sector, unearthing a passion for accessibility and work in Diversity and Inclusion.  Leading the Autism Friendly Team at The National Autistic Society, Daniel worked with a variety of businesses, supporting their journey to better welcome autistic customers and employees. With a particular interest in neurodiversity and mental health, he currently sits on the Independent  Gatwick Accessibility Panel (IGAP), which aims to help Gatwick become the most accessible airport in the world.

Outside of work, Daniel performs stand-up comedy and has run several comedy nights around London.

Vicky joined the BDF Communications team in 2020 managing the website and focusing on digital accessibility and user experience.

She is a creative digital communications professional with 10 years of experience in digital transformation, user experience, social media management, content production, and journalism.

Vicky previously worked as Digital Media and Communications Manager leading the digital transformation of one of the most popular TV stations in Athens, Greece.

She also offered tailored digital media presence to facilitate international public interest and positive user/customer experience by communicating key messages with feedback and measurement mechanisms.

She has managed communities of +80,000 followers and developed paid and organic campaign narratives boosting active users/customers by 28% and followers by 60% within three months of implementation.

Having studied Classics at Aristotle University in Greece, Vicky started her career in private and public education working with neurodiverse learners.

Her journey in digital accessibility started when she was studying for her Master’s degree in Print & Online Journalism at Westminster University, London. Her final year project involved web design, coding, and content production for a website about dyslexia.

Vicky is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and she is currently training to earn the credential of Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS).

Outside of work, Vicky is a video and podcast producer with a keen interest in arts and she still delivers Digital Media online lessons.

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Georgina Wright

Known as GeorgeGeorge 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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