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Power 100: influential people with a disability

2020 list of influential disabled people

Power 100 is the annual list of the most influential disabled people in Britain. It is sponsored again this year by disability charity, the Shaw Trust, and as they point out, choosing just 100 people out of the estimated 10 million living with a disability in Britain, is a challenge.

The Power 100 for 2021 will be announced in October.

The top 10 in the Power 100 are:

• Nikki Fox – BBC disability correspondent

• Caroline Casey – Social entrepreneur, Founder of The Valuable 500

• Jonathan Andrews – Associate, Trustee and Equality Improvement Leader, Reed Smith, Ambitious about Autism and Mind

• Simon Minty – Consultant and Producer at Sminty Ltd and Abnormally Funny People

• Shani Dhanda – Social entrepreneur, disability specialist and speaker, Diversability and Virgin Media

• Srin Madipalli – Technology Entrepreneur and Investor, Airbnb and Accomable

• Sophie Morgan – TV Presenter, Inclusion Consultant and Disability Advocate

• Kamran Mallick – CEO, Disability Rights UK

• Gavin Harding MBE – Senior learning disability adviser NHS England and Selby Town Councillor

• Samantha Renke – Actress, Presenter, Disability Consultant, Key Note Speaker and Activist


Public nominations in a range of categories

The list is divided into seven categories: Arts, Fashion & Design; Business, Finance & IT; Entertainment; Media & Publishing; Politics & Law; Public, Education & Third Sector; and Sports.

You can read the complete Power 100 list here (the link will open in a new browser window)

The individuals were chosen by a panel of judges chaired by Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton DBE,
Crossbench member of the House of Lords.

Baroness Campbell is one of Britain’s most powerful campaigners for disability equality and Human Rights, plus a legal right to Independent Living. She has also played key roles in securing a range of disability rights, in social care portability, environmental access, Personal Independence Payments, transport accessibility and Access to Justice.

Other judges for the the Power 100 LIST included Gary Bourlet; Andrew Bright; Justin Levene; Diane Lightfoot; Kate Nash; Baroness Celia Thomas; Steph Cutler; Kush Kanodia.

Chris Luck CB MBE, Chief Executive of Shaw Trust, said:

“This year has been a challenging one and at Shaw Trust we have witnessed the impact Covid-19 is having on people in the disabled community. We are seeing an increase in the disability employment gap, it is therefore more important than ever for us to recognise, celebrate and promote the exceptional role models that make up our Disability Power 100 List. I would like to congratulate everyone who made it on to the list, those nominated and especially our number one, Nikki Fox, for her unwavering commitment to changing perceptions of disability and providing a role model for the talented leaders of tomorrow.”

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Further reading and resources

Stelios awards for disabled entrepreneurs

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Recruitment industry working to improve access to employment opportunities – RIDI Awards
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2 Replies to “Power 100: influential people with a disability”

    […] time to catch up with Martyn Sibley as he has recently been chosen as the 4th top person on the disabled power list which he truly deserves.  If anyone in this community of ours deserves a ‘gong’ he […]

    AvatarBarry Mardell says:

    I agree with Martyn. I had life threatening injuries as a result of a motorbike accident 39 years ago. My left arm was amputated. I was a Naval Rating, the RN put me through rehab to ensure I could become a useful member of society I was discharged with a 100% War Pension. I trained as a draughts’man and remained in engineering. My wife and I lead active lives scuba diving and sailing until 20 years later an MRI scan revealed an old spinal injury which lead to an incomplete SCI. Medical retirement on a full pension in 1997 and I was a full-time wheelchair user 2001/2. I met new challenges. I discovered I can paint. I became a member of Ringwood Sailability sailing solo within a few weeks though the lake was small, after many years sailing the channel I soon tired of it. A mutual friend lent me a simulator to fly radio controlled airplanes. I got the hang of that and started building and flying model airplanes. I had to stop the flying part 2 years ago due to a pressure ulcer reducing the amount of time in my wheel chair force me to have permanent bed-rest . I had an extension built so that I had an indoor workshop/art-studio. It was completed end of February and I have permission to spend an hour in my wheelchair daily. I have friend’s and carers/support staff who tell me I’m “inspirational” in all I do. But they don’t get the point. I do what I do because it’s what I had done before becoming disabled.

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