Angela Matthews

Head of Policy and Advice

Angela Matthews

Angela is Head of Policy and Advice at Business Disability Forum, and leads on our policy, advice, and research functions. She also enjoys being a professional advisor to a number of academic research projects on disability, social policy, and business management. She has been a consultant in diversity and Human Resources (HR) and chairs the Central Government Network which exists to engage diversity and HR professionals in Central Government in leading practice exchange and solutions-focussed debates.

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 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 race, disability, religion and belief, and sexual orientation hate crime.

Angela is academically qualified (BA Hons, PgCert, PgDip, MPhil) in religion and equalities, law, and philosophy. In 2018, she co-organised a successful conference at the University of Kent on emotion in social movements, which brought together academics, policy makers, and activists working in a number of human rights areas.

Angela is a classical musician and spends her free time at orchestral concerts or going on walks in the country with the dog.

Follow Angela on Twitter @BDFPolicy