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Meet our Ambassadors

We’d like you to meet our AccessAble Ambassadors. 

Our 30-strong network of AccessAble Ambassadors (formerly AccessAble Champions) was originally established in 2018. In 2019, 2020 and 2021 collectively, 10 members of the AccessAble Ambassador network were included on the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List. 

Ultimately, the role of an AccessAble Ambassador is to help us support even more disabled people. Our website is used by over 4 million people every year, and through the power of the collective networks of our Ambassadors, we are able to grow that further.

Anna-Ruth Cockerham

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Anna-Ruth is a final year Mathematics student at the University of St Andrews living with Functional Neurological Disorder. She is passionate about improving access to higher education and building supportive communities of disabled people, and she founded the St Andrews Disabled Students’ Network in 2020, for which she was recognised in Shaw Trust’s Disability Power 100 2021. Anna-Ruth is also passionate about promoting equality, human rights, and mental health, especially in higher education.

Find out more on Anna-Ruth's Instagram:

Becky Pettitt

Becky, a white women with blonde hair, is sat on a green velvet booth at a table. She is holding a red teapot in one hand and a tea strainer over a cup of tea in the other. There are two people at a table in the background.

Becky Pettitt works for a Children's Charity, while Dan, Beckys husbands, works as a web developer. Dan has Friedreich's Ataxia, which is a rare genetic, degenerative disease that causes coordination problems, a loss of sensation in the arms and legs, and impaired speech. As a result of this, Dan is a wheelchair user. They are both big music fans and love going to gigs together. 

Becky and Dan's Instagram: 

More from Becky: AccessAble - Making history accessible for everyone

Callum Russell 

Callum is a male with brown hair and he's wearing a light blue shirt. He is sitting on a black chair with windows and a yellow wall behind him.

Callum is blind since birth.  He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in Modern Languages (French, Italian and Spanish) before completing a Masters in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.  He went on to join a registered charity called Sight for Surrey as a Fundraising and Events Intern before becoming the charity's Employment and Community Fundraising Officer supporting adults with sensory impairments to seek and maintain sustainable employment. is now self-employed and runs a bespoke consultancy called CrystalEyes.

Find out more here: 

Charlie Randell 

Charlie is a white male with red hair wearing a white shirt. He is sat in his chair at a table which has a plate, glass and his phone on the table. There are other tables in the background and other buildings and people are in the background.

Charlie has Cerebral Palsy. Charlie enjoys working on social media to build awareness of his disability, break down stigmas and improve the representation of young disabled individuals. Accessibility and representation are two things he strives to improve. 

Find out more here:  

More from Charlie: Tackling arrival anxiety with AccessAble

Chloe Tear

Chloe is a white women with brown hair and glasses. She is wearing a flowery top and green blazer and a green lanyard. In the background there is a dark curtain.

Chloe Tear is an award-winning disability blogger and freelancer. She’s passionate about challenging public attitudes and giving a candid insight into life as a disabled young person. She also works for Scope as a content designer where she writes information and advice that support disabled people and their families. 

Check out Chloe's website here:  

More from Chloe: An AccessAble Guide: How to support visually impaired people

Connor O'Kane 

Connor is a man with blonde hair. He is wearing a black and blue zip up jumper and hisis sitting on his chair. In the background there are lots of shelves with books on.

Conor has have Spinal Muscular Atrophy and blogs about his journey building accessibility and positivity. 

Find out more here:  

More from Conor: SSE Belfast - Accessibility Review

Dan White 

Dan, a man with dark brown hair and glass, is stood in front of glass buildings. He is wearing a blue blazer, a white shirt and black tie.

As well as caring for his award-winning disabled daughter Emily, Dan is a columnist for award-winning Posability magazine, Disability review & The Metro. Dan has been part of many prominent campaigns & has not been afraid to discuss his own situation living with mental illness. Dan is also an accomplished, in-demand, regular broadcaster, and countywide speaker, appearing on Sky, Radio 2, ITV, C5, LBC & the BBC, as well as conferences across the country, discussing the need for absolute equality and more.  He is also the creator, illustrator, and writer of the globally popular Department of Ability comic, which features five disabled superheroes. Dan is also part of the ITV Diversity & inclusion committee, part of the Disability Union & has no less than four children's storybooks being published next year with ladybird and Pearson publishing.  

Find out more about Dan here:  

David Trigger  

David is a white male with white hair and glasses. He's wearing a blue shirt and dark blue jumper.

David is an Ambassador and Patient Leader for his local National Health Service in England, he is also a West Midlands Dementia Champion sitting on their External Advisory Group.  

Find out more here:  

More from David: Evesham Hospital with David Trigger

Ed Rex 

Ed is a male with brown hair. He is looking back at the camera and is wearing a white shirt. He has a cochlear.

Ed is profoundly deaf in both ears. Throughout his solo travels, he noticed a keen interest from other travellers about his deafness and how it influences his travelling experience. From the bad to the good and to the downright hilarious, he often tells his story to many people destroying stereotypes, discrimination and raising awareness of they can support deaf travellers. 

Find out more about Ed here:  

More from Ed: AccessAble's Guide to Deaf Friendly Video Calls

Ellen Cole

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Ellen is an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional and the founder of her own business, Little Seed Group. Ellen has dyslexia, Irlen syndrome and more recently, was diagnosed with ASD and ADHD. In addition to running her own business, Ellen is also a public speaker on social media accessibility and dyslexia in the workplace and is regularly hired to host private talks in several industries including the education, financial, legal sector as well as charities.

Outside of work, Ellen works with poorly and injured British wild hedgehogs, releasing them once they are fit and well enough to go back into the wild. Ellen is shortly going to be launching a hedgehog education programme to help the species to thrive once more.

To find out more about Ellen and her work, visit:

Emma Muldoon 

Emma is a woman with black hair. She is pictured sat in her powerchair in blue jeans, a grey top and pink cardigan. In the background there are trees and greenery.

Emma Muldoon is a power wheelchair user with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. She is the founder and writer of her award-winning accessible travel and disability blog, ‘Simply Emma’ where she shares her love of travel as well as highlighting the accessibility barriers disabled people face whilst travelling. She also uses her lived experiences to challenge public attitudes and misconceptions whilst helping create positive change for the disabled community. She has a passion for live music, exploring the outdoors which she also shares on her blog along with general lifestyle topics. 

Find out more about Emma here:  

More from Emma: Top 5 accessible places to visit in Glasgow

Emma Purcell 

Emma is a woman with brown hair and glasses. She is pictured smiling close up to the camera.

Emma is a Freelance Journalist and Blogger at Rock For Disability and News Editor at Disability Horizons, she has a passion live music, comedy, acting, chocolate and a Harry Potter fanatic. 

Find out more about Emma here: 

More from Emma: AccessAble Review: Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth 

Fi Anderson  

Fi is a woman with brown hair. She is pictured sitting in her power wheelchair, holding hand with a little girl smiling, in front of the River Thames and London Bridge.

Fi aims to be a relatable personal blog for other parents with disabilities or those with similar Neuromuscular conditions who are contemplating starting a family and a disability rights/campaign platform tackling access and equality issues people with disabilities face every day in the UK. Including challenging stigmas and common misconceptions faced by disabled parents by our modern-day society. 

Find out more here:  

More from Fi: Saint Mary's Hospital, Manchester with Fi Anderson

Hannah Barham-Brown 

Hannah is a white woman with brown curly hair. She is pictured wearing a blue suit jacket, and speaking into two microphones.

Dr Hannah Barham-Brown is a GP trainee in Yorkshire, Council Member of the British Medical Association, and Deputy Leader of the Women’s Equality Party with the portfolio for ‘Making Change Happen’. Alongside her clinical and political work, she travels the UK giving talks about diversity and disability, in venues from the House of Lords to international publishing companies. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and works to support disabled people in politics, employment, travel, health and education. 

Find out more about Hannah here:  

More from Hannah: AccessAble and the NHS

Heather Lacey 

Heather has brown/blonde hair with multicoloured glasses and she is wearing red lipstick.

Heather, who has cerebral palsy and cPTSD, took to social media one fateful day to find solidarity and support from people like her. This led to the creation of her blog, where she documented her experiences of mental illness, fatigue and chronic pain with the goal of spreading awareness, empowering and educating her readers. 

Find out more about Heather here:  

More from Heather: My Mental Health: How AccessAble gave me options

Holly Greader  

Holly, a woman with brown hair, is pictured sat in her wheelchair in front of flowers and trees. She is wearing a blue top and grey trousers.

Holly is an ambulatory wheelchair user, a UK Disability Blogger and Advocate. She lives with multiple chronic conditions. The World in My Words began in 2017 after a deterioration in her health that led to her leaving her working life. Holly needed a space to process what she was going through as well as creative outlet. 

Find out more about Holly here:  

More from Holly: How AccessAble has Educated Me on the Needs of Other Disabled People

Holly Tuke 

Holly is a woman with brown hair and glasses. She is pictures wearing a black coat and sitting in front of some greenery and hills.

Holly Tuke is the Author of the award-winning blog Life of a Blind Girl. She was named as one of the top 100 most influential disabled people in the UK in the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list in 2018 and again in 2019, she also won the award for Social Media Influencer of the Year at the 2019 RNIB See Differently Awards. She also works within the charity sector. She is registered blind and has ME/CFS. Holly uses her online platforms to document her experiences, to raise awareness and strive for change. 

Find out more here: 

More from Holly: The Power of the Purple Pound

James Casserley

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16-year-old James Casserly has cerebral palsy and juvenile arthritis. James lives in Dublin and is passionate about advocating for disabled people. He is currently travelling to all 32 counties of Ireland using public transport.

Check out James' Instagram to find out more:

Kerry Thompson 

Kerry is a white woman with blonde hair. She is pictured sitting in her wheelchair wearing a light purple dress infront of a fence.

Kerry is a disability blogger and campaigner who was diagnosed at 24 with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy a progressive muscle wasting condition. Kerry has always believed that it should never stop her from living life the way she wants. Kerry started campaigning 6 years ago after continually struggling and found she had a real passion for campaigning for disability rights. Her blog, My Life Kerry’s Way is sharing her experiences of with living with Muscular Dystrophy, depression and anxiety plus her campaign work. 

Find out more about Kerry here:  

More from Kerry: The drive to improve motorway journeys for disabled people

Lucy Wood 

Lucy is a woman with red hair. She is pictured sitting in her wheelchair, wearing a blue coat and smiling at the camera. In the background there is a street and people walking around.

Lucy, who has Cerebral Palsy, is an Advocate, blogger and podcaster, who is passionate about inclusion. Her blog The Four Wheeled Wonder Woman, aims to encourage disabled people and demonstrate to the world that you can have a life full of adventure and achievement, whatever your barriers in life or how different you may feel. 

Find out more here:  

More from Lucy: World Book Day – AccessAble Libraries

Lydia Wilkins 

Lydia is a white woman with brown hair and glasses. She is wearing a red top and silver hoop earrings.

Lydia Wilkins is a freelance journalist and copywriter covering disability and social justice issues. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Independent, Readers Digest, The Metro, Refinery 29, Underpinned, Conscious Being Magazine, PosAbility and many others.  

Find out more here:  

More from Lydia: Covid-19 and The Sunflower Lanyard

Natalie Gardner 

Natalie is a woman with blonde hair. She is wearing a grey shirt and is standing in front of a wall with two prints on it.

Natalie AKA The Spoonie Mummy,  started her blog in February 2017. She wanted to help others by showing people that even with arthritis and chronic illness, you can still have many adventures and lead a full life. 

Find out more here:  

More from Natalie: The Importance of Stoma Friendly Toilets

Natasha Lipman 

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Natasha is a former-BBC Journalist, Host of The Rest Room Podcast, and award-winning chronic illness blogger. In 2019, she was named one of the 100 most influential disabled people in Britain by the Shaw Trust. Natasha has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, PoTS, and ME/CFS and she is an ambulatory wheelchair user, uses crutches and a rollator. Natasha is interested in in-depth explorations of a couple of things including what resources do people need to live with long-term conditions, and how can we get this information that is often not passed on due to issues with our medical infrastructure to patients. She works with experts and makes this available to people for free.

Find out more about Natasha: 

Pippa Stacey 

Pippa is a woman with brown hair. She is picture standing with her arms crossed in front of a brick wall. She is wearing a black top and pink cardigan.

Pippa Stacey is a writer, speaker, and charity sector communication consultant from Yorkshire. She blogs about life with chronic illness at Life Of Pippa and on Instagram and has a particular interest in inclusive education and employment. She was named Best Chronic Illness Blog at the 2019 Health Blog Awards, and her debut non-fiction book, University And Chronic Illness: A Survival Guide was published in 2020. In her free time, Pippa enjoys theatre and books, and can most often be found in novelty pyjamas with a cup of tea in hand.  

Find out more here:  

Rebecca Wilson 

Rebecca is a woman with black hair. She is wearing a beige coat and black leggings. She is pictured sitting in her wheelchair next to a green and white character with an oreo on its middle.

Becca is a research fellow in health data privacy at University of Liverpool. She works on software projects that help academic researchers securely access and analyse medical data in the UK and other countries in order to progress the understanding of various health conditions. In 2014 she suffered an episode of transverse myelitis leaving her mobility impaired. Since then she has been working to improve disability inclusivity and equality in the academic sector. She enjoys spending her free time travelling and exploring the great outdoors. With her reduced mobility and wheelchair use this brings its own challenges, but has never stopped her! She is also a keen foodie and whisky geek. 

Find out more here:  

Ross Hovey  

Ross is a male with blonde hair. He is pictures sitting in his wheelchair, wearing a blue and white checked shirt and blue jeans.

During a career of 20 years Ross has delivered in a variety of roles within Lloyds Banking Group. He is both a Banking and HR Specialist, but for the past 5 years has specialised in bespoke roles which focus on Lloyds Banking Group's Disability Agenda. He brings his lived disability experiences and knowledge of the disability in the workplace to ensure the Group is an Accessible employer for existing and prospective colleagues living with disabilities. Outside of his main career Ross has co-founded Changing Places International, a not-for-profit charity who are setting the global standard for fully accessible toilets. 

Find out more about Ross here:  

Ross Lannon  

Ross is a male with brown hair and sunglasses. He is pictured in his power chair in front of greenery. He is wearing a black tshirt and blue jeans.

Ross’ blog, A Life on Wheels' started back in 2017 as a way of documenting his journey through adulthood, as a young man with a physical disability.  Since then he has been lucky enough to collaborate with many exciting brands, as well as featuring in various TV and magazine articles. Ross is passionate about the positive representations of disability within the media, hence he is currently studying for a qualification in Foundation Journalism. He also a proud dog-dad to Ralph, and a regular presenter at CHAOS Radio. 

Find out more here:  

More from Ross: Random Acts of Kindness Day 2020

Sassy Wyatt  

Sassy is a women with short light brown hair. She is standing in front of a wall and is wearing a yellow shirt.

Sassy is a Disability awareness consultant and blogger who is passionate about changing the landscape of accessible tourism. Living with both arthritis and blindness she brings a very unique perspective of local and international explorations. 

Find out more about Sassy here:  

Shona Louise  

Shona is a woman with brown hair. She is sitting in her power wheelchair wearing a striped t-shirt and jeans. There are trees and greenery behind her.

Shona Louise is a disabled & LGBTQ+ freelance writer, photographer and activist, with a passion for theatre. Having written her blog for almost 10 years and has become vocal across social media about accessibility within the theatre industry, on public transport and more. 

Find out more Shona here:  

Tanvi Vyas 

Tanvi is a woman with brown and red hair. She is wearing a flowery tshirt.

Tanvi Vyas is a freelance Disability Equality Consultant and Trainer with a particular interest in improving access to transport, leisure and the built environment. She works to raise the profile of challenges faced by disabled people, has an interest in bringing in elements of intersectionality and has appeared on national and regional television, radio, online and in print. She is passionate about highlighting solutions to existing challenges and also the investment that can lead to positive change. 

Find out more about Tanvi here:  

The Bimblers 

Image shows Rob on the left, hes a white male with white hair and he's wearing sunglasses and smiling. Next to Rob is Bridget, a women with blonde hair and sunglasses. She is sat in her wheelchair next to Rob.

"The Bimblers" are Rob and Bridget.  In 2014, Bridget's wrist collapsed, and she lost the use of both hands due to Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rob had no option but to give up a job I loved to become Bridget's full-time carer. They've been blogging about accessible travel on ever since. In an attempt to help others with similar mobility problems, they started writing about our trips. Rob suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer, and everything changed.  Travel became impossible, especially as Rob previously pushed Bridget's wheelchair. Rob thought about giving up, but Bridget challenged him to expand their niche. On top of travelling in a wheelchair, Rob started writing about living with a chronic illness. They're now travelling again and combine the two to make the blog as helpful as possible for people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. 

Find out more about The Bimblers here: 

Torie Tennant 

Torie is a woman with blonde hair. She is pictured standing in a blue coat and black trousers holding the lead of her dog with golden fur. She is front of a line of houses.

Torie lives in Northern Ireland and has a visual Impairment. She chairs the disability consultation panel for her local health trust and a trustee for the charity Angel Eyes NI. 

Find out more abou Torie here:  

Thank you to all our Ambassadors for being a part of the AccessAble team. We love working with you all. 

If you’re interested in getting involved, with or in, our network of Ambassadors you can contact us by email at [email protected], or call 01438 842710. 

Head of Marketing