Whizz-Kidz chief executive Ruth Owen, OBE, has been announced as a chair of a new government initiative to break down the barriers disabled people and their families face in everyday life.
She and seven other appointees will lead the new Regional Stakeholder Networks tasked with amplifying the voices of disabled people and disability organisations in regions across England. Each one will report back to government on a range of issues including transport, housing and employment.
Owen will lead the Greater London stakeholder network, and was selected for her experience working in the disability field and for driving innovation within the sector.
Speaking about the announcement Ruth Owen said:
“I am looking forward to showcasing what works and best practice and of encouraging others to do more to benefit from the huge, untapped pool of talent that is still out there in the disabled community.
“Disability comes in all shapes and sizes - some like wheelchair users are obvious, others much more hidden from sight. But each and every disabled person has not only a story to tell, but a massive amount to offer. Ensuring those voices are heard and those contributions are made will be my task.”
The chairs will convene meetings with other network members within their regions and work with the Government’s Office for Disability Issues to help inform future policy.
The first meeting between the chairs and the Minister for Disabled People is due to take place in October.