We’d like you to meet our AccessAble Ambassadors.
Our 40-strong network of AccessAble Ambassadors was originally established in 2018. Since then, collectively, 10 members of the AccessAble Ambassador network have been 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 5 million people every year, and through the power of the collective networks of our Ambassadors, we are able to grow that further.
Alex Stratikis, founder of 'Autistic Adventures Abroad,' was diagnosed at age 6 with Asperger's Syndrome. He has travelled (mainly solo) to over 40 countries and has lived in 6 countries, including the USA, Australia, Japan, Scotland, Greece, and England. He documents his travels on Instagram and through his blog, sharing facts, stories, photos, and videos about autism and about the places he's visited.
Anna-Ruth lives with Functional Neurological Disorder. Passionate about using her experiences to promote accessibility and the inclusion of disabled people, Anna-Ruth is Accessibility Manager at Gatwick Airport. In 2022, she graduated with a Mathematics degree from the University of St Andrews, where she also worked leading projects on student wellbeing, equity and inclusion.
Becky Pettitt works for a Children's Charity, and her husband Dan works as a web developer. Dan is a wheelchair user who 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. They are both big music fans and love going to gigs together.
Beth was born with a moderate-severe hearing impairment in both ears. Her credits include working with national and local newspapers, featuring on TV and live radio, and attending Parliament to make a case for more efficient Access to Work processes. She has also presented as a keynote speaker and panellist for businesses, and is dedicated to helping people with disabilities to excel in life with the proper support at the right time.
Callum is blind since birth. He has a BA in Modern Languages (French, Italian and Spanish) and a Masters in European Political and Administrative Studies. He joined 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.
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.
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.
Conor has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and blogs about his lived experiences. He shares regular posts with a theme of 'seven smiles' and embodies the power of finding joy and living life with positivity.
As well as caring for his award-winning disabled daughter Emily, Dan is a columnist and campaigner who is not afraid to discuss his experiences with mental illness. He's also a regular broadcaster and countywide speaker, appearing across the media and at conferences, discussing the need for absolute equality. He is also the creator of the globally popular Department of Ability comic, which features five disabled superheroes. Dan is also part of the ITV Diversity and Inclusion committee.
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 as well as Co-Chairing of the West Mercia Police Force Independent Advisory Group (IAG) on Disability.
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 tells his story to break down stereotypes and discrimination, and raise awareness of people can support deaf travellers.
Emma Muldoon is a power wheelchair user with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. She curates an award-winning accessible travel and disability blog, ‘Simply Emma’ where she shares her love of travel and highlights the barriers disabled people face whilst travelling. She also challenges public attitudes and misconceptions whilst helping create positive change for the disabled community. She has a particular passion for live music and exploring the outdoors.
Emma is a talented Freelance Journalist. She also blogs about her experiences at Rock For Disability and is the founder of Crip Life. She has a passion for live music, comedy, acting, and chocolate, and is a Harry Potter fanatic.
Fi shares a relatable personal blog about parenting with a disability, which aims to share helpful insights for other people with Neuromuscular conditions who are considering starting a family. She also campaigns for improved access and equality in the UK, challenging the common misconceptions made about disabled parents.
Georgia is a disabled Occupational Therapist and founder of award-winning blog 'Not So Terrible Palsy'. She currently works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Huddersfield and strives to improve the university journey for other disabled students. Georgia is also one of the founding members of AbleOTUK, and is passionate about challenging ableism within occupational practice.
Dr Hannah Barham-Brown is a GP, Council Member of the British Medical Association, and Deputy Leader of the Women’s Equality Party. Alongside her clinical and political work, she travels the UK giving talks about 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.
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 own blog, where she documents her experiences of mental illness, fatigue, and chronic pain with the goal of spreading awareness and empowering her readers.
Holly is a UK Disability Blogger and Advocate and an ambulatory wheelchair user. She lives with multiple chronic conditions. In 2017, after a deterioration in her health meant she had to leave her working life, she started her own blog. This has given her space to process what she was going through as well as a powerful creative outlet.
Holly Tuke is an award-winning blogger. She was named in the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list in 2018 and in 2019, and also awarded Social Media Influencer of the Year at the 2019 RNIB See Differently Awards. Holly is registered blind and has ME/CFS. She uses her online platforms to document her experiences and strive for change, and she also works within the charity sector.
Izzy is a neurodiversity and disability advocate based in Scotland. She acquired a physical disability in 2021, and lives with complex neurological conditions. At university she was one of the founding members of the St Andrews Disabled Student's Network.Since graduating with an MA degree in Sustainable Development degree, she has continued to advocate for awareness, acceptance and inclusivity of disabled young people living in Scotland.
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.
Kerry is a disability blogger with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive, muscle-wasting condition. She has always believed that it should never stop her from living life the way she wants and found a real passion for campaigning for disability rights. Her blog shares her experiences of living with Muscular Dystrophy, depression, and anxiety, and showcases her innovative campaign work.
Lucy, who has Cerebral Palsy, is an advocate and podcaster who is passionate about inclusion. lABLEd is an independent, self-funded series, where Disabled guests talk about their personal experiences of Disability, Chronic Illness, and Health differences.
Lydia Wilkins is a freelance journalist specialising in disability and social issues. She also works as a speaker, collaborating with organisations such as Naidex, the Student Publication Association, and Bath SPA University. Her debut book, The Autism Friendly Cookbook, was published in November 2022. She is on the Autistic spectrum and is currently a Long Covid patient.
Natalie, also known as The Spoonie Mummy, started her blog in February 2017. She wants to help others by showing people that even with arthritis and chronic illness, you can still have many adventures and lead a full life.
Natasha is a former-BBC Journalist and host of The Rest Room Podcast, and was named in the Disability Power 100 in 2019. Natasha has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, PoTS, and ME/CFS. She is an ambulatory wheelchair user, and uses crutches and a rollator. Natasha is passionate about creating useful resources for people with long-term conditions, especially sharing information that is often not passed on due to issues with our medical infrastructure.
Pippa Stacey is an award-winning writer, speaker, and charity sector communication consultant. She blogs about living your best life alongside chronic illness and has been named in the Disability Power 100 multiple times. Her debut non-fiction book, University And Chronic Illness: A Survival Guide was published in 2020. Pippa enjoys theatre and reading, and can usually be found in pyjamas with a cup of tea in hand.
Becca is a research fellow in health data privacy at the University of Liverpool. She works on software projects that help academic researchers securely analyse medical data to progress understanding of various health conditions. In 2014 an episode of transverse myelitis left her mobility impaired. Since then she has worked to improve disability equality in the academic sector. She loves to travel and explore the outdoors, and is also a keen foodie.
Ross is Banking and HR Specialist with Llyods Banking Group. In recent years he has specialised in bespoke roles which focus on Lloyds Banking Group's Disability Agenda. He uses his lived experiences of disability in the workplace to ensure the Group is an accessible employer for existing and prospective colleagues with disabilities. Ross also co-founded Changing Places International, a not-for-profit charity who are setting the global standard for accessible toilets.
Ross started his blog in 2017 as a way of documenting his journey through adulthood, as a young man with a physical disability. Since then he has collaborated with many exciting brands, and featured in various TV and magazine articles. Ross is a regular presenter at CHAOS Radio and is pursuing a career in journalism. He is also a proud dog-dad to Ralph.
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 unique and valuable perspective on local and international explorations.
Shona Louise is a disabled & LGBTQ+ freelance writer, photographer and activist, with a passion for theatre. Having written her blog for over 10 years, she has become vocal across social media about accessibility within the theatre industry, on public transport and more.
Tanvi Vyas is a freelance Disability Equality Consultant and Trainer with a particular interest in accessible transport, leisure and the built environment. She had also appeared on regional and national television, radio, online and in-print journalism to raise awareness of the challenges faced by disabled people. Additionally, Tanvi has an interest in bringing elements of intersectionality into the disability conversation, and finding solutions to access barriers.
"The Bimblers" are Rob and Bridget. Bridget has Refractory Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Rob is Bridget's full-time carer. They made a name for themselves by blogging about accessible travel. Rob has since been diagnosed with Kidney Cancer and suffered a heart attack, and so they now share posts about chronic illness too. Through their blog they combine the two topics to create a helpful platform for people with disabilities.
Torie is a Guide Dog owner who lives in Northern Ireland and has a visual Impairment. She chairs the disability consultation panel for her local health trust and is also a trustee for the charity Angel Eyes NI.
Thank you to all our Ambassadors for being a part of the AccessAble team. We love working with you all.
If you’d like to work with our network of Ambassadors or you're interested in becoming an Ambassador yourself, you can contact us by email at [email protected], or call 01438 842710.