- Experts advise governments on key regional issues
- The Minister for Persons with Disabilities said:
- The announcement comes after appointing seven other chairs in December.
They take the lead by making the voices of local people with disabilities and disability organizations heard and advising governments on key issues such as transportation, housing and employment.
Chairs are independent of government and are selected based on their understanding of local concerns, expertise in disability policy, and impact at the grassroots level.
MP Tom Persgrove, Minister for Disability, Health and Labor, said:
“People with disabilities and their organizations know best the key issues that affect them. We want to make sure that support is extended and coordinated to all regions of the country.” .
“People with the right expertise and skills are strongly encouraged to apply to chair local stakeholder networks. You can make it happen.”
Today’s announcement follows the appointment of seven new Chairs in December. A local stakeholder network was set up in 2020 to help the government reach out to people with disabilities across England.
If you are interested in becoming a member of your local Community Stakeholder Network, please contact your local Regional Chair through the Disability Unit. You need to be interested in the issues facing people with disabilities, but you don’t have to be disabled to become a member.
Note to editors:
The Chairs already appointed are:
|region||name||role and organization|
|northeast||Joanne Wilkes-Waterworth||Head of Her Majesty’s Passport Office, Registrar Operations|
|northwest||Lynn Turnbull||CEO, Disability Positive|
|southeast||Chloe Plummer||Enham Trust Fundraising Officer|
|southwest||Samantha Everard||CEO, Entrepreneurship Enabling Support and Mentoring (SAMEE)|
|Greater London||Mark Goblot||Founder of Disability and Social Technology|
|east midlands||Justin Dunn||NPO corporate leader|
|west midlands||Louise Mckinnan||Director, Birmingham Disability Information Center|