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Congress on Disability, Employment and the Workplace 2018: programme

Published: 30 Apr 2018
Part of:
Economy, Equality and rights
ISBN:
9781788518673

Programme for the 2018 Congress on Disability, Employment and the Workplace, including the agenda and speaker biographies.

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10 page PDF

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Contents
Congress on Disability, Employment and the Workplace 2018: programme
3. Biographies

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3. Biographies

Nicola Sturgeon MSP
First Minister

Nicola Sturgeon MSP First Minister

Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland’s first female First Minister, and the first female leader of any devolved UK Government. In government she has held portfolio responsibilities for Health and Wellbeing, as well as Infrastructure, Investment and Cities.

As Scotland’s First Minister, she has been at the forefront of ensuring her Government is doing everything it can to make Scotland a more equal and prosperous society.

Jamie Hepburn MSP
Minister for Employment and Training

Jamie Hepburn MSP Minister for Employment and Training

As the Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn has overseen the development and launch of Scotland’s first devolved employability service, Fair Start Scotland, which is aimed at giving tailored pre and post-employment support for a minimum of 38,000 people.

Jeane Freeman MSP
Minister for Social Security

Jeane Freeman MSP Minister for Social Security

As Scotland’s first Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman is focused on using the Scottish Parliament’s powers to create a social security system that is based on dignity, fairness and respect. Prior to her election as an MSP, Jeane had a keen interested in employability, founding Apex Scotland, a criminal justice employment organisation.

Helga Stevens MEP
President of the disabilities intergroup, European Parliament

Helga Stevens MEP President of the disabilities intergroup, European Parliament

Helga Stevens is the first female deaf Member of the European Parliament and a member of the N-VA, which is the leading Flemish political party in Belgium. She was elected into the European Parliament in 2014, is Vice-President of the ECR group and Co-Chair of the EP Disability Intergroup.

Graeme K Whippy MBE, Business Disability Consultant
Congress Chair

Graeme K Whippy MBE, Business Disability Consultant Congress Chair

Graeme is a consultant who helps organisations become excellent in employing disabled people. He has been responsible for a paradigm shift in the way companies approach IT accessibility, and more recently has created an award winning Workplace Adjustments process.

He is an experienced Chair and host, who has worked for Channel 4 and has previously consulted for Viacom to improve their disability employment support.

Shirley Campbell
Director for People, Scottish Water

Shirley Campbell Director for People, Scottish Water

As the Director for People for Scottish Water, Shirley believes that as a major employer, they have the responsibility to develop people’s skills and capabilities which can then be taken back to their communities.

With 16 years cross sector experience at executive level Shirley has held senior roles at Heriot Watt University, Royal and Sun Alliance and Aviva, before joining Scottish Water in 2011.

Tressa Burke
CEO, Glasgow Disability Alliance

Tressa Burke CEO, Glasgow Disability Alliance

As a founding member of GDA, Tressa has steered the Alliance from its fledgling vision of supporting disabled people’s voices and tackling isolation in 2001, to the award winning community of 4,000 that it is today.

Aside from being the CEO of GDA, Tressa has held leadership roles in several third and public sector organisations, developing a people led programme which builds on an individual’s strengths and capacity to participate, and contribute to their own lives, communities and wider society.

Bela Gor
Business Disability Forum

Bela Gor Business Disability Forum

Bela is the Head of Campaigns, Resources and Legal at Business Disability Forum ( BDF). She has over 20 years’ experience 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.

Craig Stevenson
Managing Director, Braehead Foods

Craig joined Braehead Foods in 1998, while it was a small supplier of game products based on a farm on the Craufurdland Estate, Ayrshire. Craig loved the business so much, he bought it, and went on to achieve a £1 million turnover in the first year. Since then the company has continued to expand, continuing to grow across Scotland, and Europe as a whole.


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