Press release: Business Disability Forum associates and members named on inaugural list of influential disabled people

23 October 2014

London, UK – A number of Business Disability Forum (BDF) Associates and individuals from BDF Member and Partner organisations were recently named on the inaugural 2015 Power 100 List of Britain's most influential people with a disability or impairment. The list includes 100 of the most powerful, influential and inspiring disabled people in Britain.

Phil Friend OBE, BDF Associate and CEO of Phil and Friends Ltd, was recognised for his work on disability and diversity projects across the globe, and his efforts in promoting disability awareness in the business sector.

Alice Maynard, Founding MD Future Inclusion Ltd and Chair of Scope, was mentioned for her work with major institutions to change society for the better. Her work within the rail industry contributed to making rail travel much easier for disabled people.

Dawn Milman-Hurst, CEO at Equal Approach, was recognised for using her HR background and expertise to set up the unique, inclusive recruitment agency Equal Approach.

Simon Minty, Director of Sminty, was ackowledged for establishing his disability and diversity training company through which he has consulted and trained numerous well-known and respected organisations.

Remploy CEO, Beth Carruthers, was commended for her work within the UK’s leading supplier of specialist recruitment services. Her work abroad was also mentioned, specifically her willingness to exchange disability employment knowledge through foreign visits.

Stephen Duckworth, Director of Disability Assessment Services at Capita, was recognised for his work in this role and as founder of research company Disability Matters.

Crossbench peer and disability rights campaigner, Baroness Jane Campbell, has gained recognition for her many years of parliamentary lobbying for disabled civil and human rights.

Under the Arts, Fashion & Design category, Dr David Bonnett is noted for pioneering many aspects of accessible design, advising on the implementation of Access standards and a design guide on the subject.

In the Media & Publishing sector, Geoff Adams-Spink is mentioned for his work as former Age and Disability Correspondent for the BBC. More recently Geoff’s own company, Adams-Spink Ltd, has been very active in the area of technological solutions for disabled people.

Vincent Neate, Partner at KPMG, was also acknowledged for his years of work with senior leaders in the private and public sector, where he has challenged thoughts around responsibility, resilience and longevity.

Mark Harper MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, commended the Power 100 List for acknowledging "an extraordinary range of disabled people and their achievements in all aspects of life, from education, politics and law through to sport and media".

Susan Scott-Parker, Chief Executive and Founder of Business Disability Forum said:

"It's wonderful to see so many Business Disability Forum associates and employees of member organisations represented on this list. This indicates the high level of thought leadership that can be found within our membership and among our associates and strategic alliances. Congratulations to all 100 people named on the list for their various contributions to business and society."



Notes to editors:

  1. Business Disability Forum represents some 400 organisations that employ 20% of the UK workforce. Smart organisations work with Business Disability Forum to improve their business performance. We have more than twenty years’ experience of equipping people with the expertise to create confident organisations by improving the understanding of disability in business, removing barriers and making adjustments for individuals. Here is a short video about the Forum:
  2. The Power 100 List was launched by Powerful Media in partnership with Shaw Trust. For more information visit: 
  3. For further comment, please contact Ashley Teaupa, Interim Communications and Marketing Manager: or 020 7089 463.