Angela Matthews

Head of Policy and Advice

Angela Matthews

Angela is Head of Policy and Advice at Business Disability Forum. She is also an advisor to a number of external research projects on disability related social policy. She has been a consultant in diversity and Human Resources (HR) and is a strategic adviser to Central Government departments. She is Chair of the Central Government Disability Inclusion Network which exists to engage diversity and disability-related professionals in Central Government in best practice exchange and solutions-focussed debates.

Angela’s career spans from dementia care services and occupational therapy (mental health and physical rehabilitation) to human resources and diversity management. As a HR specialist in disability and workplace adjustments, Angela focussed on disability-related employee casework, equalities data management, and employee relations. She then became 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 forums on hate crime related to race, disability, religion and belief, and sexual orientation.

Angela is academically qualified (BA Hons, PgCert, PgDip, MPhil) in religion and equalities, law, and philosophy. Angela’s current academic research focusses on emotion in human rights law and policy making, with a focus on disability, health and race. In 2018, she was co-organiser of a successful conference on emotion in social movements which brought together academics, policy makers, and activists working in a number of human rights areas.

Angela plays the flute and the viola and spends her free time at orchestral concerts or National Trust sites.

Follow Angela on Twitter @BFDPolicy