A passionate and authentic disability trainer and speaker
I was born profoundly deaf and worked in the corporate sector as a professional for 30 years while running a disability network for employees with disabilities and long term health conditions.
I draw on my lived experiences to share my personal story and my expertise with you as part of my training. I have a mission to improve accessibility and inclusion for all people with disabilities. I communicate by way of lipreading, a little bit of hearing, some British Sign Language (BSL) and intelligent guesswork!
I qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor and rose to the challenge of becoming a very experienced senior manager in a large global organisation, EY as my last job. While I was at EY, I helped to set up an employee network called Ability EY which provided support to over 500 members working at EY with disabilities/abilities/impairments and long term health conditions. We also provided awareness training to the firm to help EY become more inclusive for people with disabilities and collaborated with various operational strands of the business to ensure that all processes such as recruitment were inclusive and accessible as possible.
As the Co- chair of Ability EY, I also took part in several public speaking engagements both internally and externally to promote disability awareness and inclusion. I have been nominated for and won awards for our work as Co Chair of Ability EY.
Since I left EY in 2021 I am now working as a freelance disability awareness trainer and public speaker on disability and inclusion.