Angela joined Business Disability Forum in 2013. She develops our responses to Government and other policy related consultations and enquiries and is also a specialist adviser to some Government departments and policy related projects on disability, social policy, and businesses management. She also leads BDF’s research projects, included our funded research programs, such as our project to support small and medium size businesses in London to develop disability inclusion as employers and providers of products and services, and 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 she regularly speaks at conferences and panel events, and has also appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
Angela’s career spans from dementia care services and occupational therapy (mental health and physical rehabilitation) to HR and equalities management. As a HR specialist in disability and workplace adjustments, Angela focused on disability-related employee casework, workplace adjustments procedures, equalities data management, and related employee relations cases. She then became an advisor to senior management teams and governing bodies on equality and discrimination law in practice in the public sector, with a particular interest in developing strategic equalities analysis procedures for organisational improvement. She has enjoyed serving as a volunteer advisor at local ‘blue light’ diversity forums on race, disability, religion and belief, and sexual orientation hate crime.
She is academically qualified (BA Hons, PgCert, PgDip, MPhil) in religion and equalities, human rights and discrimination law, and social philosophy, and was trained by some of the lawyers who drafted the Equality Act 2010. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
In her own time, Angela is a classical musician and coffee love. She leads the Kent branch of the National Society for Phenlyketonuria (PKU), which provides a support group for people with PKU and their relatives and carers.
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