Judges 2018

The Disability-Smart Awards are given to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people.

Our 2018 Judges are:

1.    Geoff Adams-Spink, Business Disability Forum Associate

2.    David Brindle from The Guardian

3.    Paulette Cohen of Barclays Bank

4.    Mark Lomas from HS2

5.    Janet Hill from the Cabinet Office

6.    Kamran Mallick, CEO of Disability Rights UK (tbc)

7.    Bela Gor of Business Disability Forum


Geoff Adams-Spink, Director, Adams-Spink Ltd

Geoff Adams-Spink

Until April 2011, Geoff was the BBC's Age & Disability Correspondent, covering issues of relevance to older and disabled people for radio, television and the BBC News website.

Geoff now runs his own company which is very active in the arena of disability and technology. He also chairs a pan-European federation of organisations for people affected by congenital limb difference. The European Dysmelia Reference Information Centre (EDRIC) has 24 member organisations in 17 countries and represents around 5,000 people with the variety of rare conditions that are collectively known as 'dysmelia'.


David Brindle, Public Services Editor, The Guardian

 David Brindle

David specialises in social policy issues and has won awards for his coverage of health and social care and the voluntary sector. He is a regular conference chair and speaker.

He is also chair of NDTi, a not-for-profit organisation working to improve support for people at risk of exclusion, and vice-chair of Recovery Focus, a group of charities providing mental health and addiction services. He is a member of various advisory committees, including those of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the School for Social Care Research.


Paulette Cohen, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays

Paulette Cohen

Paulette leads Barclays' D&I strategy and campaigns across global functions, and has lead responsibility for driving forward the disability agenda across the business, including Barclays campaign on mental health and wellbeing, This is Me.

She joined Barclays in 2010, following six years as Deputy Chief Executive of Windsor Leadership. Previously, she headed up communications at Save the Children, VSO, and The Conservation Volunteers where she was a board member for seven years. She currently sits on the board of the International Broadcasting Trust.


Mark Lomas, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at HS2 (High Speed Rail 2)

Mark Lomas

Mark has delivered numerous diversity and inclusion projects for organisations across a wide variety of sectors, including The Financial Reporting Council, Groupama Insurance, The BBC, The Law Society, Sheffield University, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Boards, Highways England, ITV, and The Bermuda Human Rights Commission.

Mark is a published author on the topic of Equality and Diversity having authored the Law Society E&D Risk & Compliance Toolkit, which assists law firms to comply with regulation.


Janet Hill CBE, Programme Director, Civil Service Disability Inclusion, Cabinet Office

Janet Hill

Janet’s role working on Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy has involved overseeing the development of cross-Government initiatives such as piloting a new Corporate Workplace Adjustment Service.

Janet received her CBE in the June 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Diversity & Inclusion.


Kamran Mallick, CEO of Disability Rights UK 

Kamran is CEO of Disability Rights UK, the UK’s largest user-led organisation for disabled people. Previously chief executive of Action on Disability, Kamran has also worked for the spinal injury charity Aspire as well as running his own business. He is on the boards of Inclusion London and the Lyric Hammersmith, and chair of Candoco dance company.

Kamran is also a member of Transport for London’s Independent Disability Advisory Group.



Bela Gor of Business Disability Forum

Bela is the Head of Campaigns, Resources & Legal at Business Disability Forum (BDF). She has over 20 years’ of all aspects of disability discrimination law and best practice.                 

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 accessible technology and mental health.  She is a lawyer who took some of the earliest cases under the then new Disability Discrimination Act 1995 while working for the Disability Law Service, a nationwide law centre for disabled people, and has since influenced the development of the legislation.