thelistinfluenceThe (draft) DNS influence index

The aim of The List is to highlight some of the many disabled people who make a difference in modern Britain.

As with other such lists, the idea is to rank people from a certain group in terms of their current influence within society. Although DNS provided the first few names to start the discussion, most of those on The List are disabled people who have been suggested by visitors to this website.

I hope The List will spark discussion about the disabled people who influence how we think and feel (but not always those we agree with), how we live, and how we are governed. As it evolves, it should begin to mark out those who have real influence, both in public and behind the scenes, on other disabled people and the wider public, across politics, the arts, culture and entertainment, business, the media, sport, and the disability movement.

DNS has now begun a discussion about how we should measure influence. Once some criteria have been agreed, the process of working out who should be where on The List will begin. If there are any disabled people who would like to be involved, please let me know. In the meantime, the list below is only a tentative draft version, with its contents very much up for discussion.

At a time when many disabled people feel increasingly under attack, the hope is that The List will provide both a reminder of how much we contribute – in word and deed – and a resource for those seeking evidence of how many talented, persuasive, creative, erudite, entertaining, and – yes – powerful disabled people there are in Britain today.

John Pring, editor, Disability News Service

To suggest a name to be added to The List (it must be someone who self-identifies as a disabled person), or suggest why any of the names already featured are in the wrong position, please email: editor@disabilitynewsservice.com or tweet @johnpringdns


The (draft) List:

  1. Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson – increasingly influential peer, retired Paralympian, board member of Transport for London and non-executive director of UK Athletics
  2. Professor Stephen Hawking – theoretical physicist and author with an international reputation
  3. Baroness [Jane] Campbell – campaigning peer, peerless campaigner, independent living pioneer
  4. Alison Walsh – Channel 4’s disability executive
  5. Stephen Fry – writer, actor and TV presenter, huge Twitter following; president of Mind
  6. Alastair Campbell - author, diarist, journalist, broadcaster; sought-after speaker on communications in UK and abroad; former communications and strategy director for Labour government; fundraising chair for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Fund; supporter of mental health anti-stigma campaign Time to Change
  7. Ash Atalla - founder and managing director of Roughcut Television, which specialises in comedy and entertainment, with recent output including Mad Mad World for ITV1, the Sky1 sitcom Trollied, and the BBC3 sitcome Cuckoo; former producer of The Office and head of comedy at Talkback Thames
  8. Adam Hills – comedian and TV presenter, host of Channel 4’s Paralympic-themed The Last Leg
  9. Peter White – BBC journalist, presenter of Radio 4 shows You and Yours and In Touch
  10. Liz Sayce – chief executive of Disability Rights UK, author of government report on supported employment
  11. Dame Anne Begg – Labour MP and chair of Commons work and pensions committee
  12. Sir Philip Craven – president of International Paralympic Committee; member of International Olympic Committee; board member of British Olympic Association; retired Paralympian (wheelchair basketball)
  13. Terry Pratchett – author, campaigner for legalisation of assisted suicide
  14. Jenny Sealey – co-artistic director of London 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony, artistic director of Graeae theatre company
  15. Jackie Driver – head of correspondence at Equality and Human Rights Commission; chair of Breakthrough UK; board member of DEAF (Deaf Education Advocacy Fellowship); coaches and mentors local deaf and disabled people
  16. Margaret Hickish – consultant who played huge part in ensuring accessibility of London 2012, now access and inclusion manager for National Rail, with responsibility for 17 of Britain’s largest rail stations
  17. Frank Gardner – BBC security correspondent; author
  18. Stephen Duckworth – heading assessment programme of new personal independence payment for outsourcing giant Capita; pro-assisted suicide member of Commission on Assisted Dying
  19. Lord [Chris] Holmes – appointed Conservative peer by David Cameron in July 2013, but yet to find his voice; disability commissioner for Equality and Human Rights Commission; retired Paralympian; director of Paralympic Integration at London 2012; patron of British Paralympic Association
  20. Dr Rachel Perkins – was chair of Equality 2025, the government’s high-level disability advice body, until it was disbanded in 2013; member of mental health strategy ministerial advisory group; co-chair of ministerial working group on equalities in mental health; external advisory member of inter-ministerial group on disability employment; member of Mind’s external relations committee; trainer, consultant and author on mental health
  21. Jack Carroll - teenage comedian, runner-up on Britain’s Got Talent 2013; Young? Yes. Influential? More than 110,000 Twitter followers…
  22. Ellie Simmonds – swimmer, winner of four Paralympic gold medals, and holder of multiple world records; in January 2014, signed a four-book deal with Random House to produce four children’s books; projects ambassador for the Active Kids For All initiative; patron of Dwarf Sports Association UK
  23. Warwick Davis – in-demand actor and broadcaster; co-founder of Willow Management agency for short actors
  24. Diane Mulligan – elected member of the expert committee for UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; deputy director of CBM International Advocacy and Alliances, and co-chair of the international disability and development consortium UN task group, and a member of the community-based rehabilitation UN task group; has worked on environmental, human rights, indigenous people’s rights, women’s rights and disability rights issues
  25. Baroness Brinton – Liberal Democrat peer with particular interest in education, skills and learning; board member of UK Committee of UNICEF and of Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust
  26. Lord [Colin] Low – crossbench peer and campaigner; headed commission analysing the impact of government cuts to legal aid
  27. Sir Bert Massie – governor of Motability; ambassador for Disability Rights UK; former chair of Disability Rights Commission; governor of Liverpool John Moores University; and now chairing Labour’s taskforce on disability poverty
  28. Susan Boyle – achieved instant fame in 2009 after her audition performance on Britain’s Got Talent audition; has subsequently released five albums, with the first two reaching the top spot in both the US and UK, and all five reaching the top ten in the UK; her website says she has had more than 300 million YouTube hits
  29. Peter Apps – political risk correspondent for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Reuters news agency, covering ‘a range of stories on the interplay between politics, economics and markets’
  30. Jonnie Peacock – Paralympic sprinter and one of the faces of the London 2012 Paralympics, after winning gold in the T43/44 100 metres, the most high-profile event at the games; has nearly 52,000 Twitter followers…
  31. Neil Barnfather - entrepreneur and philanthropist with numerous successful business start-ups under his belt; chief executive of web hosting firm eHosting; political commentator; possibly the UK’s most successful disabled entrepreneur, with a global reach
  32. Liz Carr – actor - currently featuring as Clarissa Mullery in BBC’s drama Silent Witness - comedian, presenter and activist
  33. Gary O’Donoghue - BBC political correspondent
  34. Ruby Wax – writer, performer and mental health campaigner
  35. Neil Heslop – group director of RNIB Solutions; impressive CV includes spells as head of strategy and general manager of retail operations at O2, and as former chief executive of Cincinnati Bell Wireless in US; co-founder and long-standing trustee of charity Blind in Business, which helps young blind and partially-sighted people into work through training and employment services
  36. Phil Friend – chair of Disability Rights UK, leading disability consultant, and campaigner against legalisation of assisted suicide
  37. Mike Adams, chief executive of ecdp; chair of government’s Access to Work expert panel; pioneer in turning disabled people’s organisations into both revenue-raising service-providers and campaigners
  38. Jane Young – adviser and consultant; currently working with charity Just Fair on a significant human rights report; advising DWP on implementation of personal independence payment; background in disability equality and social care in local authority and the voluntary sector
  39. Peter Beresford – professor of social policy and chair of the national, user-led Shaping Our Lives network; frequent contributor to national and specialist media
  40. Kaliya Franklin – campaigner, blogger, founder of The Broken of Britain campaign; member of Labour’s taskforce on disability poverty
  41. Agnes Fletcher – equality consultant who reviewed EHRC’s disability committee, and a member of Labour’s taskforce on disability poverty
  42. David Blunkett – former home secretary, now backbench Labour MP, leading a schools review for Labour; outside interests include visiting professor in Sheffield University’s department of politics, and board member of National Citizen’s Service Trust
  43. Yinka Shonibare - artist whose work  has featured on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth and whose current solo exhibition explores “the corruption and excess of the current economic crisis”
  44. David Weir – winner of four athletics gold medals at London 2012 Paralympics; helped launch a new Paralympic training academy in April 2013
  45. Blaine Harrison – musician and songwriter, lead vocalist of indie rock band Mystery Jets; patron of Attitude is Everything charity; told BBC Ouch! that his band would only play at venues that have made an effort to be accessible to disabled people
  46. Sue Marsh – hard-hitting Labour activist with influential blog Diary of a Benefit Scrounger; political strategist for The Broken of Britain campaign; co-author of Spartacus campaign and report
  47. Kate Nash – founder of Kate Nash Associates, and the leading authority on setting up disabled employee networks; diversity consultant; non-executive director at Remploy; political advisor to Royal Mail; Motability governor; Disability Rights UK ambassador; chair of Department for Work and Pensions’ residential training college review
  48. Emily Brothers – standing as Labour general election candidate in Sutton and Cheam in 2015; head of policy at Equality and Human Rights Commission
  49. Evelyn Glennie – world-renowned and multi-award winning solo percussionist; led the drumming during the ‘Pandemonium’ section of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony; music consultant; jewellery designer
  50. Alex Brooker – former sports journalist, now making an impression on Channel 4′s The Last Leg
  51. Sean McGovern – trade union activist, chair of TUC disabled workers’ committee, blogger, chair of Unite union’s disabled members’ committee
  52. Hannah Cockroft – one of the faces of the London 2012 Paralympics, and now slowly building a reputation as a disability rights campaigner
  53. Ade Adepitan – TV presenter, retired Paralympian
  54. Tim Reddish – chair, British Paralympic Association; motivational business speaker; retired Paralympic swimmer; national performance director of disability swimming from 2003-2010; board member of London 2012 organising committee LOCOG;
  55. Linda Burnip – co-founder and steering group member of Disabled People Against Cuts (she and other members of DPAC’s steering group have made it clear that they believe DPAC’s influence is due to the collective work of its supporters and contributors)
  56. Robert Halfon – prominent Conservative MP
  57. Dr David Bonnett – award-winning architect, lecturer and accessible design guru
  58. Paul Maynard – Conservative MP; set up all party group on young disabled people
  59. Stephen Lloyd - Liberal Democrat MP and member of Commons work and pensions select committee until January 2014, when he was appointed parliamentary private secretary to energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey
  60. Francesca Martinez – actor, comedian, fronts the WOW (War On Welfare) petition
  61. Tracey Lazard – chief executive of Inclusion London, anti-cuts campaigner
  62. Alice Maynard – chair of disability charity Scope, management consultant, chair of Transport for London’s independent disability advisory group, chair of government’s Right to Control advisory group, associate of Business Disability Forum, and board member of the Association of Chairs
  63. Kirsten Hearn – vice-chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission’s disability committee; chair of Inclusion London
  64. David Buxton – chief executive of British Deaf Association; local councillor and long-standing  campaigner for funding additional costs faced by disabled politicians; first Deaf BSL-user to stand for parliament; co-founder and executive member of Liberal Democrat Disability Association
  65. Andy Greene - increasingly-prominent steering group member of Disabled People Against Cuts (he and other members of DPAC’s steering group have made it clear they believe DPAC’s influence is due to the collective work of its supporters and contributors)
  66. Dr Sarah Campbell - principal co-author of Spartacus report, which led to We Are Spartacus online movement; wrote several reports for We Are Spartacus, including Past Caring, and assisted with briefings for MPs; former high-flying mathematics researcher; campaigned for and secured access improvements for disabled academics
  67. Storme Toolis – actor, appears in current series (2013) of BBC1′s New Tricks. and has minor role The Inbetweeners movie (2011)
  68. Ian Macrae – editor of Disability Now online magazine (but has made it clear that he sees DN rather than himself as the influencing force); broadcaster
  69. Rhian Davies – chief executive of Disability Wales; chair of Coalition on Charging Cymru; member of Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Wales committee
  70. Tara Flood – director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education,  retired Paralympian, human rights activist
  71. Simon Stevens – often divisive and controversial consultant and campaigner; talks sense and antagonises other disabled activists in equal measure, but a powerful advocate for inclusion; caused further controversy when he announced through DNS that he was to work for Atos on the new assessment for personal independence payment; blogger for Huffington Post; cast member of Channel Four’s I’m Spazticus
  72. David Ruebain – chief executive of Equality Challenge Unit; former director of legal policy at Equality and Human Rights Commission; widely published on education, disability and equality law; member of editorial board of Disability and Society; fellow of the British-American Project
  73. Damon Rose - editor of Ouch, BBC’s disability blog and internet talk show
  74. Robert Wyatt – multi-instrumental musician (drums, piano, trumpet, vocals), founding member of 60s art-rock band Soft Machine, and later a significant and varied solo career, collaborating with many of the industry’s biggest names, as well as maintaining strong left-wing political beliefs
  75. Simon Minty - disability equality consultant; writer; founder of Abnormally Funny People; associate of Business Disability Forum and Broadcasters and Creative Industries Disability Network. Working as consultant with Motability Operations
  76. Geoff Adams Spink – former BBC journalist; writer; consultant; and chair of EDRIC, the new Europe-wide limb difference group
  77. Eleanor Lisney - founder of Sisters of Frida co-operative of disabled women, and played huge part in ensuring disabled women were mentioned in 2013 report of UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts; BME disabled people activist; director of community organisation Connect Culture; member of British Council’s disability advisory panel, and of the advisory panel to the Access to Elected Office Fund
  78. Julie Newman – acting chair of UK Disabled People’s Council; treasurer of LGBT disabled people’s organisation Regard
  79. Richard Rieser – founder of UK Disability History Month; inclusive education activist and consultant; managing director of World of Inclusion
  80. Countess of Mar - crossbench peer, chair of Forward-ME network, campaigner on ME issues and organophosphate poisoning, cheese producer
  81. Shezad Nawab – entrepreneur and business consultant; founder of Global Synergy Group; co-founder of fabsolutions; founder of Video Relay Services; background in commodities trading, international trading and motivational speaking; multi-lingual in sign language
  82. Ruth Gould – chief executive of DaDaFest, the disability and Deaf arts agency that delivers the internationally-known biennial DaDaFest festival
  83. Barbara Taylor – professor of humanities at Queen Mary University of London; intellectual and cultural historian; author of two books on early British feminism, and of new asylum memoir, The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times
  84. Debbie Jolly – co-founder and steering group member of Disabled People Against Cuts (she and other members of DPAC’s steering group have made it clear they believe DPAC’s influence is due to the collective work of its supporters and contributors); public speaker and writer; board member of European Network for Independent Living
  85. Eleanor Southwood - RNIB’s vice-chair for external affairs; seeking to become Labour’s parliamentary candidate for seat of Harrow East
  86. Craig Crowley - chief executive of Action Deafness; trustee of Signature; president of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (responsible for the Deaflympics)
  87. Dr Tom Shakespeare – writer and academic with impressive international credentials; prepared to taunt, if not slaughter, sacred cows of the disability movement, such as the social model
  88. Giles Long – retired gold medal-winning Paralympian, part of Channel 4′s London 2012 Paralympics team; invented the LEXI graphics system which explained the different Paralympic categories to TV viewers
  89. Kelly-Marie Blundell - vice-chair of Liberal Democrat Disability Association and the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Guildford
  90. Jane Cordell - former high-flying diplomat; trustee of Disability Rights UK; chair of DaDaFest
  91. John Evans – independent living pioneer; board member of European Disability Forum; advisory board member of European Network on Independent Living; disability equality consultant
  92. Richard Whitehead – Paralympic gold-medal winner in 200 metres, but also world record holder in marathon and half-marathon; was first leg amputee to break the three-hour mark for a marathon; in 2013, ran 40 marathons in 40 days, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, to raise money for charity
  93. Mat Fraser – actor, writer and drummer; took the microphone for the start of the London 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony
  94. Robin Millar - one of Britain’s most successful record-producers; pioneer of digital music technology; trustee of Creative and Cultural Skills; a director of The National Skills Academy; honorary professor of commercial music at London College of Music
  95. Andrea Begley - singer, winner of BBC1′s The Voice UK 2013
  96. Terry Nelson – developed a specialist aqua running buoyancy suit which allows people to exercise intensively in deep water with no risk of injury; the TNAR suit has been used by football clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City, and the England team
  97. Peter Purton - LGBT and disability policy officer for TUC; author and expert on medieval studies
  98. Ruth Owen – chief executive of Whizz-Kidz; close links with NHS through the charity’s local partnerships
  99. Joyce Cook – chair of Level Playing Field, the user-led charity representing disabled sports fans; was member of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s built environment access panel; managing director of the Centre for Access to Football in Europe; on board of several football-related diversity groups
  100. Helen Dolphin – director of policy and campaigns for Disabled Motoring UK, former journalist
  101. Cerrie Burnell – CBeebies presenter, actor and writer
  102. Suzanne Bull – chief executive of Attitude is Everything, which supports the music industry to make live events more accessible
  103. Frances Ryan - social affairs journalist, commentator and feature writer; work includes columns on New Statesman website and in The Guardian’s Society section; has appeared as a commentator on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5live, BBC Wales, LBC and on BBC’s Sunday Politics; teaches political theory at The University of Nottingham
  104. Sophie Christiansen – gold-laden Paralympian, slowly building a reputation as a disability rights campaigner
  105. Professor Colin Barnes – renowned academic, international reputation, still with influence within disability movement; founded both the Disability Press and the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds
  106. Professor Mike Oliver – still-influential academic and author who first named the “social model of disability”; was the UK’s first professor of disability studies
  107. Richard Butchins - award-winning documentary-maker; work includes films on work capability assessment and disability living allowance reform for Channel 4′s Dispatches; photographer and author of todayslondoner photo-blog
  108. Mike Brace – board member of UK Anti-Doping, which is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code; retired Paralympic cross-country skier; honorary vice-president of British Paralympic Association, and its former chair
  109. Anne Rae – chair of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People; veteran disabled activist and former member of the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation, which is often credited with giving birth to the social model of disability in the 1970s
  110. John McArdle – co-founder of user-led campaign group Black Triangle
  111. Kitty McGeever - first blind actor to be cast in a British soap, as Emmerdale’s Lizzie Lakely; the face of the government’s new ‘role models campaign’ in May 2013; high-profile user of Access to Work scheme
  112. Stephen Brookes – co-ordinator of Disability Hate Crime Network; adviser on disability to police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service
  113. Baroness [Celia] Thomas – Liberal Democrat peer
  114. Liz Crow – artist-activist whose work currently focuses on dissecting the government’s welfare reforms
  115. Mike Smith – former disability commissioner at Equality and Human Rights Commission; vice-chair of Disability Rights UK; chief executive of Real, a DPO in the London borough of Tower Hamlets
  116. John Pickup –  founder and managing director of Amputees in Action, the UK’s largest agency for amputees, which provides extras, support actors for film and television and participants for casualty simulations for emergency and military services
  117. Andy Rickell – chief executive of Action on Disability and Work UK; helped design the new personal independence payment, the controversial replacement for disability living allowance
  118. James Partridge – founder and chief executive of Changing Faces; associate of Business Disability Forum; founding director of Dining with a Difference; visiting fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research at University of the West of England
  119. Marie Pye - lead on equality for London Councils; Labour councillor in London borough of Waltham Forest; consultant and equality duty expert; chair of East London Housing Partnership
  120. Tony Heaton – sculptor, lecturer and chief executive of the disability arts organisation Shape; board member of Inclusion London
  121. Mik Scarlet - presenter, broadcaster and writer; possessor of probably the longest media CV of anyone on The List; presenter for BBC Three Counties Radio; newspaper reviewer with ITV’s This Morning; columnist with Huffington Post, Disability Now and PosAbility; co-chair of Equity’s members with disabilities committee; access and inclusion consultant, including access officer for world-famous Camden Stables Market
  122. Martin McElhatton – chief executive of WheelPower, the national sports organisation for wheelchair sport in the UK; retired wheelchair basketball Paralympian; chair of National Wheelchair Tennis Association of Great Britain; president of International Wheelchair Tennis Association; member of International Tennis Federation wheelchair tennis committee
  123. Kelly Knox - disabled model and fashion diversity campaigner; featured in summer fashion campaign for Debenhams
  124. Jim Elder-Woodward – convenor of Independent Living in Scotland; chair of UK steering group of the Campaign for a Fair Society; rights campaigner
  125. Clenton Farquharson - consultant and trainer on equality and inclusion, activist on BME disability issues, director of Birmingham Healthwatch, member of National Co-production Advisory Group; co-chair of Think Local Act Personal partnership
  126. Rob Crossan - author, radio presenter, travel writer for publications such as Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Daily Express, and presenter of BBC Ouch talk show
  127. Sophie Partridge - actor, writer and performer; leading campaigner against closure of Independent Living Fund and other cuts
  128. Professor Nick Watson - director of the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research at the University of Glasgow; co-author of the influential Bad News for Disabled People report, on media reporting of disability in an age of austerity; editor of nine books, including co-editing The Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies
  129. Susan Hedges – critically-acclaimed Liverpool-based singer songwriter and musician, patron of Attitude is Everything charity, has been performing since she was 10 and released her first album at 13 (she’s now in her late 20s)
  130. Gavin Harding - Labour party activist; first person with learning difficulties to be elected as a councillor; former co-chair of National Forum of People with Learning Difficulties
  131. Baroness [Rosalie] Wilkins - Labour peer, vice-chair of all party parliamentary disability group
  132. Zara Todd – international access campaigner, member of British Council’s Disability Advisory Panel, and of Commonwealth Young Disabled People’s Forum; member of Sisters of Frida disabled women’s co-operative
  133. Miro Griffiths – campaigner on rights of disabled young people; co-chair of Making it Real (part of the Think Local Act Personal project); disability adviser to British Council
  134. Bob Williams-Findlay – co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts; writer; former chair of British Council of Disabled People
  135. David Adams – president of European Guide Dog Federation, which has 47 member organisations throughout Europe; had successful international career in the motor industry and ran his own business for many years; spent 10 years as chair of the Royal National College for the Blind
  136. William Mager – new series producer (from August 2013) of See Hear, BBC’s flagship magazine programme for deaf and hard of hearing people; award-winning film-maker; journalist
  137. Mark Harrison - chief executive of Equal Lives (formerly Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People); author; honorary research fellow at School for International Development at University of East Anglia; founding member of International Disability Equality Agency
  138. Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick – high-profile member of Not Dead Yet UK, which campaigns against legalisation of assisted suicide; runs equality consultancy Inclusion21; board member of Consumer Focus Wales; non-executive director of Welsh Ambulance Services Trust
  139. Mo Stewart – researcher who has done most to highlight concerns about the influence of the US insurance giant Unum on incapacity benefit reform in the UK
  140. Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley – co-founders and co-editors of Disability Horizons online magazine
  141. Charlotte Walker – the Bipolar Blogger, author of PurplePersuasion blog; award-winning blogger and tweeter; author of bipolar memoir The Incoming Tide; public speaker, trainer and consultant
  142. Kay Sheldon – board member of Care Quality Commission; campaigner for service-users to have strong voice in how health and social care is provided and monitored; consultant, researcher and writer; became high-profile whistleblower when she gave evidence about CQC failures to Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry
  143. David Clarke – recently-retired captain of ParalympicsGB blind football team at London 2012; scored 128 goals for England and ParalympicsGB; presented trophy to winning 2013 FA Cup final captain; won FA’s lifetime achievement award in February 2013; senior partner with Clydesdale Bank
  144. Sue Bott - director of development for Disability Rights UK; board member of European Network on Independent Living
  145. Faryal Velmi - director of Transport for All, the user-led organisation that campaigns for accessible transport in London
  146. Laurence Clark – comedian, presenter, writer and actor
  147. Julie Jaye Charles – founder and chief executive of Equalities National Council; government adviser
  148. Kevin Healey – signed up string of celebrities to back his autism anti-bullying campaign, including Simon Sugar, chief executive of Amscreen, the UK’s largest digital media owner; radio presenter; founder of Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society
  149. Steven Sumpter - as Latent Existence, blogs and tweets on equality, technology, politics and ill-health, with a large Twitter following and a well-visited blog; one of three activists challenging the government in the courts over the 20 metres personal independence payment controversy
  150. Penny Pepper - writer, performer and activist; leading campaigner against closure of Independent Living Fund
  151. Claire Cunningham - dancer and choreographer
  152. Cherylee Houston - actor; big Twitter following; was second disabled actor to feature in ITV’s long-running soap Coronation Street (after BSL-user Ali Briggs, who first appeared in 2005), playing the wheelchair-using character Izzy Armstrong
  153. Jody McIntyre – journalist, blogger and activist who secured media attention for his role in mainstream anti-cuts protests; successfully complained to police watchdog after twice being assaulted by officers during the 2011 student tuition fees protests in London
  154. Sean Dilley - parliamentary lobby journalist, broadcaster and writer; has launched weekly politics and current affairs show, Hear Hear, on Audioboo
  155. Mark Brown - editor of One in Four mental health magazine and director of Social Spider CIC
  156. Christiane Link - German journalist working in UK; founder of international media and accessibility company; access campaigner; founder of Up Down London website, which provides status updates on Transport for London lifts
  157. Dr Heather Johnson Straughan – founder and director of Recovery In-Sight; co-founder and first chair of ViewPoint, Hertfordshire’s mental health service-user charity; consultant to mental health user-led organisations; researcher, writer, academic
  158. Bob Ellard – researcher for Disabled People Against Cuts (he has asked to be placed on The List together with his non-disabled DPAC research partner, Anita Howard), blogger, founder of LeftLinks directory
  159. Dr Jan Wallcraft – leading member of mental health service-user movement; freelance researcher; activist, trainer; has played national role in pushing for service-user involvement in research; formerly Experts by Experience fellow for National Institute for Mental Health in England; now a senior researcher at Recovery In-Sight
  160. Christopher John Ball – fine arts photographer, disability rights campaigner,  writer, curator and lecturer; co-founder of The Association of Erotic Artists
  161. Katherine Araniello - film-maker and performer whose work often subverts images of disability; board member of Live Art Development Agency
  162. Dr Gregory Burke – founder of DisabledGo
  163. Kate Ansell – film-maker, journalist and writer, whose work has appeared on BBC and Channel 4
  164. Philippa Willitts – freelance writer on issues such as disability, social media, women’s issues and technology; blogs for popular feminist online magazine The F Word, often on links between disability and women’s issues
  165. Tony Malone - artist, explorer and sailor
  166. Tom Dowling – editor of All Together Now! newspaper
  167. Will Bee - consultant, accessible transport expert, former Wales director of Disability Rights Commission
  168. Colin Hambrook – editor of Disability Arts Online; visual artist and poet
  169. Dave Lupton – aka Crippen, cartoonist, widely-published and admired, “working for the most part on the political edge of disability issues and rights”
  170. Jenny Morris – blogger, writer and campaigner with significant parliamentary contacts, despite being retired; much of her past academic work on discrimination, independent living, disabled children and human rights is still influential
  171. Charlie Swinbourne – journalist, scriptwriter, editor of British Deaf News and editor of The Limping Chicken website on deaf issues and culture
  172. Esther Fox - programme director for Accentuate, which aims to create a cultural shift in attitudes towards disability; visual artist
  173. Jaspal Dhani – chief executive, Harrow Association of Disabled People; former chief executive of UK Disabled People’s Council; equality consultant
  174. David Butler – chair, British Motor Sports Association for the Disabled; member of Motor Sports Assocation medical advisory panel; business consultant with clients in UK, Europe and Middle East; former senior executive with Rank Xerox; former rally driver
  175. Jessica Thom – campaigner, co-founder of Touretteshero blog, which aims to “celebrate and share the creativity and humour of Tourettes in an accessible way, with the widest possible audience”; artist; fundraiser; playworker
  176. Andy Shipley – built environment expert, member of Government Building Regulations Advisory Committee, chair of The Fieldfare Trust, member of policy council of  Town and Country Planning Association, member of Commission for a Sustainable London 2012
  177. Andrew Lee – self-advocacy campaigner, director of People First (Self-Advocacy), member of Equality and Human Rights Commission’s disability committee
  178. Susan Archibald – activist, blogger, public speaker; member of various Scottish Parliament cross-party groups; non-executive director of NHS Fife; board member of Poverty Alliance Scotland; member of Department for Work and Pensions’ equality reference group
  179. Paula Garfield - actor, writer, producer, director; co-founder and artistic director of Deafinitely Theatre
  180. Paul Carter - journalist, producer, director; presenter of Disability Now’s monthly podcast; director of Little Man Media
  181. Jamie Beddard – theatre director, performer and writer; directed Breathe, the show which opened the London 2012 sailing events in Weymouth
  182. Ian Loynes - co-founder of South East Network of Disabled People’s Organisations; chief executive of SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living in Southampton; trustee of Disability Rights UK
  183. Sophie Morgan – television presenter, artist, model and designer of the Mannequal wheelchair for mannequins
  184. Lisa Egan – blogger and activist, comedian, writer; appeared on the Pink List in 2012
  185. Alex Bulmer – writer (including co-writer of Channel 4′s Cast Offs), performer, and co-creator of Breathe, which opened the London 2012 sailing events
  186. Dr Ju Gosling – artist, author, LGBT and disability activist, founder of Together! 2012 arts access organisation
  187. Tanvi Vyas - project manager for Trailblazers network of campaigning disabled young people, part of Muscular Dystrophy Campaign; made important contributions to 15-month inquiry by all-party parliamentary group for young disabled people, which reported in November 2012
  188. Vidar Hjardeng – journalist with 20 years’ experience in political, social action and current affairs programming; diversity consultant for ITV news and regions; trustee of RNIB, Shape Arts, Action for Blind People; reviewer of audio-describe theatre and opera; ambassador for the London 2012 legacy programme Accentuate
  189. Gary McFarlane – entrepreneurco-founder of assist-Mi smartphone app; trustee of Disabled Motoring UK; memberof Intelligent Transport Systems UK’s inclusive mobility interest group
  190. Garry Robson – artistic director of Fittings Multimedia Arts, actor, writer, advisor, director and curator
  191. Dr David Bolt – founder of Disability Studies Centre at Liverpool Hope University, founding editor of Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies
  192. Michelle Daley - disability equality consultant, activist and former member of government’s Equality 2025 advisory network
  193. Liz Jackson – entrepreneur, author; founder of award-winning Great Guns Marketing, the UK’s leading business-to-business telemarketing company; featured in Channel 4′s The Secret Millionaire
  194. Emma Tracey - journalist for BBC Ouch blog and online talk show
  195. Steph Cutler – life coach, motivational speaker, disability equality consultant, networker, founder of Making Lemonade
  196. Miss Dennis Queen (formerly Clair Lewis) - “queer, disabled human rights activist”; campaigns on disability, gender issues, and consenting adults and sexual rights; member of DPAC and long-standing member of Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN); writer, musician, blogger; member of Not Dead Yet UK
  197. Gerry Hughes – became the first Deaf sailor to complete a solo-circumnavigation of the globe, a journey completed on 8 May 2013
  198. Chris Tally Evans – film-maker, performer, director, writer, equality trainer and consultant
  199. Caglar Kimyoncu – founder and director of filmpro, digital artist, film-maker, curator and producer, co-founder of London Disability Film Festival
  200. Melanie Close – chief executive of Disability Equality North West, prominent in anti-cuts movement
  201. David Proud – actor; was first regular disabled cast member of BBC soap EastEnders; up-and-coming writer-producer
  202. Tracey Proudlock – equality consultant and access campaigner
  203. Cheryl Gabriel – radio producer for BBC, including In Touch
  204. Dr Terry Riley – chief executive of British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, chair of British Deaf Association and board member of World Federation of the Deaf
  205. Jody Cundy – winner of five Paralympic gold medals in swimming and cycling; motivational speaker
  206. Tanya Raabe – pioneering and award-winning visual artist; director
  207. Nabil Shaban – film, theatre and television actor; writer; artist; director and producer; co-founder of Graeae theatre company
  208. Alan Norton – chief executive of Assist UK, the disabled people’s organisation working with Capita to deliver part of the government’s personal independence payment reassessment programme
  209. Amo Raju – chief executive of Derby-based The Disability Syndicate, which has been in the vanguard of business-orientated disabled people’s organisations. Has built up the organisation from three to more than 60 staff. Typical quotes: ‘Business is our magic word,’ and: ‘I don’t mind being called a predator.’
  210. Michael Darracott – chef; author of recipe books, recipe columns and a popular recipe blog, his recipes are read by more than three million people each month; photographer of ‘wall art foodscapes’
  211. Barry Ginley – access and equality officer at V&A Museum; ambassador for govt’s Strengthening Disabled People’s User Led Organisations Programme; member of Paralympic Legacy Advisory Group; executive member of Conservative Disability Group
  212. Adam Thomas - the only wheelchair-using kitchen designer in Britain; a national leader in designing accessible kitchens; lectures and trains occupational therapists in accessible kitchen design
  213. Anne Pridmore – director of Being the Boss, activist, was one of five users of Independent Living Fund who took legal action against government over the fund’s closure
  214. Dr Alison Wilde – academic, activist, lecturer in education at Bangor University, research interests include cultural representation of disability, educational inclusion
  215. Asif Iqbal – public appointments ambassador for Government Equalities Office and Cabinet Office, ambassador for Deaf Parenting UK, member of Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee, board member of Deafinitely Theatre, winner of Muslim News community development award 2013
  216. Julie McNamara – founder of Vital Xposure theatre company, performer, writer, artist, co-founder of London Disability Film Festival
  217. Paul Bepey - BBC’s access technology manager, writes the corporation’s internal policies for accessibility and sets its assistive technology strategy
  218. Pat Onions – activist and creator of what became known as Pat’s Petition, an e-petition calling for a review and an end to the cuts to disability benefits and services, which secured nearly 63,000 signatures
  219. D H Kelly - founder of Blogging Against Disablism Day, which draws blogs from across the world every year on 1 May; popular blog at Diary of a Goldfish
  220. Victoria Wright - writer, public speaker and actor; campaigner on disability and facial disfigurement; starred in Channel 4′s drama Cast Offs
  221. Julie Fernandez - actress, presenter, journalist and campaigner; appeared in second series of still-popular cult comedy The Office; founder of health charity The Disability Foundation
  222. Deborah King - co-founder of Disability Politics UK, which campaigns to change the law to allow job-sharing MPs
  223. John Hoggett – poet, writer, activist, supporter of other mental health system survivors, co-founder of Speak Out Against Psychiatry
  224. Claire Glasman – co-founder of WinVisible; vocal anti-cuts protester
  225. Berge Kanikanian – campaigner and self-advocate whose Aktion T4 film project raised awareness about the horrors of the murder of tens of thousands of disabled people by the Nazis in the late 1930s and early 1940s
  226. David Sindall - head of disability and inclusion for the Association of Train Operating Companies
  227. Steve Wilkinson – founder of International Wheelchair Day; disability equality trainer; public speaker
  228. Carrie-Ann Lightley – has been running Tourism for All UK’s information service since 2005; writes a travel blog; member of Trailblazers network of campaigning disabled young people, the Accessible Tourism Stakeholder Forum and the Civil Aviation Authority’s access to air travel working group
  229. Shaun Webster – leading self-advocate, blogger, public speaker, project coordinator with user-led organisation CHANGE, and co-author of Voices for Change report, which examines the experiences of disabled people who have left institutions
  230. Louis Neethling – director and producer of drama and factual programmes for BBC and TV in South Africa and France; founder of Mutt & Jeff Pictures, which specialises in Deaf and mainstream drama for film and television, has produced award-winning films in British Sign Language, and was a partner in Sign Media, an online learning tool for Deaf people working in the media
  231. Ruth Bashall – director of Stay Safe, which supports Deaf and disabled survivors of domestic violence, hate crime and carer abuse in east London; pioneering campaigner on disability hate crime; LGBT activist
  232. Anne Novis – advocate and activist; advisor to Met police and British Transport Police; pioneering disability hate crime campaigner; leading role in court challenge over Independent Living Fund closure
  233. Natasha Wood – writer, performer, broadcaster and producer
  234. Laraine Callow – director of Deafworks consultancy; founder of DeafHope UK women’s refuge, the first organisation for deaf women experiencing domestic violence in the UK; currently setting up the first deaf Alcoholics Anonymous group
  235. Simon McKeown – award-winning artist whose work was shown during London 2012 celebrations; lecturer at Teesside University
  236. Lizzie Emeh – singer, writer and recording artist; performed at London 2012 Paralmypic Games opening ceremony
  237. Maria Zedda – director of equality training and e-learning company Wideaware Training, whose clients include the House of Commons, the Association of Train Operating Companies, and the British Library
  238. Fazilet Hadi – a director at RNIB and disability rights champion
  239. Dr Ossie Stuart – equality consultant and trainer, former academic
  240. Kath Gillespie-Sells – founder of Regard, the national organisation for disabled LGBT people, still influential in LGBT community
  241. Mike Shamash – academic, journalist and former chair of Restricted Growth Association
  242. Lisa Hammond – actor and performer
  243. Clare Summerskill – founder of Artemis theatre company; actor, writer, comedian; runs comedy writing workshops for women; champion of disabled LGBT and older people’s issues
  244. Toby Mildon - chair of BBC Ability, the BBC’s disabled staff forum; BBC future media project manager; coach and mentor for creative professionals
  245. Gary Bourlet – activist; founded Britain’s first People First organisation; now trying to set up a user-led organisation to represent people with learning difficulties right across England
  246. Sabina Iqbal – chair and founder of Deaf Parenting UK, author, winner of multiple awards for her campaigning and charitable work, local authority sensory services manager
  247. Andy Wright – founder of Accessible Travel and Leisure, and accessible tourism adviser
  248. Caroline Cardus – award-winning visual artist and writer
  249. Dr Paul Darke - chief executive of Outside Centre; artist, academic, writer and cultural critic 
  250. Mark Nelson – co-founder of Remark, the largest Deaf-run company in the UK, which specialises in TV production, BSL translation and training; signs many children’s TV programmes, including CBeebies’ Bob the Builder
  251. Maria Oshodi – writer, chief executive and artistic director of Extant performing arts company
  252. Ann Whitehurst – artist and activist
  253. Mark Wheatley – executive director, European Union of the Deaf
  254. Dr David Slingsby – academic; former teacher; member of British Council’s disability advisory panel; member of advisory panel of the Access to Elected Office Fund
  255. Neil Betteridge - health policy analyst and consultant; vice-president of European League Against Rheumatism; vice-chair of Chronic Pain Policy Coalition
  256. Maggie Hampton – director of Disability Arts Cymru; author
  257. Sarah Rennie – president of the Access Association; director of The Wisdom Factory CIC
  258. Saghir Alam – lawyer; member of EHRC’s disability committee; trustee of Disability Rights UK
  259. Allan Sutherland – award-winning writer, researcher and performer
  260. Denise Stephens - founder of inclusive design social business Enabled by Design, and board member of Foundation for Assistive Technology
  261. Simone Aspis – disability rights activist, member of Inclusion London board, campaigns and policy coordinator for Alliance for Inclusive Education, director of Changing Perspectives consultancy
  262. Elsa Beckett – founder and coordinator of Gemma network of disabled lesbians; campaigner for disabled lesbians’ rights
  263. Jean-Marie Akkerman – founder of Cirque Nova; circus skills performer and teacher; trained several of the performers who appeared in the London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony
  264. Linda Marsh - information worker at Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People; coordinator of Feminist Audio Books