BDF Annual President’s Dinner


Last month I attended the annual President’s Group dinner hosted by Lloyds Group in the City. The President’s Group brings  together the leaders of the Business Disability Forum’s partners to identify and discuss the strategic challenges of becoming disability-smart.

I shared a table with an impressive group of talented people that made for an thought-provoking evening. There were some interesting and lively discussions on improving employment opportunities and services for disabled people.

Spending an evening in such company makes me realise that we can make progress on the inclusion of disabled people in society when we work together.


Rethinking an inclusive approach

Revitalise LogoOn the 24 March I was delighted to be able to facilitate a Board Strategy session for Revitalise. Revitalise is an established national charity that provides short breaks and holidays for disabled people and carers.

The board session was lively and provided a useful opportunity for board members to discuss and think through what makes for an inclusive Revitalise offering; what does inclusion really mean in the context of their vision, mission and values?

For me, it was rewarding seeing board members enthusiastically sharing ideas about how they could deliver more inclusive services in order to enhance the great work Revitalise does. I’m looking forward to hearing how their thinking develops in future.


Judging at the Disability Smart Awards

December 15th will see the winners announced for this year’s much anticipated Business Disability Forum Disability Smart Awards at an event hosted by HSBC in London.

Disability Smart Awards

As Chair of the panels judging a number of categories I am heartened to see not only large organisations but smaller ones too becoming more ‘disability smart’ and mainstreaming positive practice in both culture and strategy.

In particular, I was impressed with the holistic approach to customers’ needs and the way in which new technologies are being exploited to provide inclusive services.

Sincere congratulations to all the entrants – it was a hard job deciding between them all!