Annual IWF Jean Denton Lecture…

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I was privileged to hear the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE presenting the annual IWF UK Jean Denton Lecture on the 9 June in Belgravia, London.


The lecture entitled Holding Government to Account: A Woman’s Perspective provided a fascinating foray into the inner workings of government from a woman who doesn’t pull her punches. Known for her forthright approach Margaret has been Member of Parliament for Barking since 1994.  She is the former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, the first female and elected person to take that role.


All in all it was a highly entertaining and inspiring lecture.

New Appointment to the Fuel Poverty Committee

Fuel Poverty

I am delighted to have been appointed to the Committee on Fuel Poverty, which advises Government on the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing fuel poverty and encourages greater co-ordination across the organisations working to reduce fuel poverty.


It replaces the former Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and, as part of this transition, it has moved from being a committee of organisational representatives to one of independent experts. Members were appointed in January 2016 for 3 years following the appointment of our Chair, Tom Wright CBE, last year.


With only our first meeting under our belts it is early days;  I am looking forward, however, to tackling what is a big agenda for both our social and environmental responsibilities.


For more information about the Committee on Fuel Poverty and its remit please see

Disabled Role Models in the Public Sector

The List Influence

With the recent publication by the Disability News Service of The List identifying the UK’s most influential disabled people in 10 categories, I was privileged to see my name on the 2014 Public Service top 10 influencers list.


It got me thinking that, whilst the list is impressive, I can easily name another 10 impressive disabled people who are making an impact on public life but are not necessarily as well known or as ‘noticed’. I wondered if part of the problem was visibility – lots of disabled people are doing interesting things and making a difference across society through their work in public service, but that work goes largely unsung.


So while it may be true that there are not enough disabled role models in society, perhaps that’s because we don’t look hard enough – and because people find it difficult to think of themselves as ‘role models’. It would be great to see a whole host of other names on the list next year!