Heather has cerebral palsy and scheuermann’s kyphosis, and searched out support and solidarity with other disabled people on social media. This led to the creation of her blog nosuperhero.co.uk, where she documented her experiences of mental illness, fatigue and chronic pain with the goal of spreading awareness, empowering and educating her readers.
Heather is keen that colleagues are supported at their place of work, and she is a disability network lead that aims to support the firm’s disabled colleagues and carers at her place of work. She is actively involved in working with the senior executive team and Diversity and Inclusion leads to further the disability agenda throughout the business. In 2018, Heather was acknowledged on the Shaw Trust’s Power 100 List, a publication celebrating Britain’s most influential disabled people. She sits on pro-manchester’s Equality and Diversity committee and is part of Business Disability Forum’s Northern England Network. More recently she has featured as a judge for the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards 2019, and joined ManchesterAbility’s Steering Committee, a network that aims to support and empower Manchester businesses in their goal towards achieving disability confidence.
Heather is also passionate about supporting the LGBTQ * community, and has previously been the office rep for the LGBT+ employee network, Perspective.
She holds BA and MRes degrees in English, and has published several articles in academic journals, on websites and in magazines, includingThe Journal of Gender Studies, The British Society of Literature and Science and Able Magazine. Heather regularly speaks at external events, including The London Book Fair, and the Children’s Media Conference, and she has worked with a variety of organisations across the country, such as Inclusive Minds, Scope, BBC, Huffington Post, AccessAble, CILIP and others. Heather regularly appears on panels regarding diversity and has appeared at conferences, seminars, on the radio and at other events pertaining to equality, diversity and inclusion. She provides advice and support to businesses and individuals relating to ED&I , and creates and delivers seminars and lesson plans for schools, universities and businesses.
Outside of her disability advocacy, Heather enjoys cooking and trying new cuisines, and can often be found painting her nails or tending to her guinea pigs.
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