Stephen Duckworth - UK Based
Stephen Duckworth is an academic and entrepreneur. In the 1980s his MSc and PhD were instrumental in influencing the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation in the UK. In the voluntary sector he helped establish local user led organisations and was a Trustee of both regional and national charities. In the 1990s Stephen set up the Bridge Recruitment Agency and led a regional recruitment initiative to support disabled people into employment. He also became a non-executive director of a finance company supporting disabled people in the purchase of wheelchairs and scooters. In the 2000s, Stephen became a Board Director of the Olympic Delivery Authority to ensure the appropriate governance of health, safety, environment, equality and diversity issues across the £9.2 billion expenditure of public funds. His new business, Disability Matters Global, has a simple vision to "Create a more inclusive world". Stephen became a powered wheelchair user at 21 when a medical student before qualifying as a doctor and is paralysed from the neck down.