PROF. SEBASTIAN CRUTCH - Alzheimer's Research UK

​Chartered Psychologist, Professional Research Associate and Alzheimer's Research UK Senior Research Fellow. Seb's research focuses on the neuropsychological investigation of perceptual function and language in individuals with neurodegenerative disease and stroke.

In 2012 Seb received the British Neuropsychological Society Elizabeth Warrington Prize and in 2015 the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Research Leaders award.


​Senior Lecturer in Computer Science based at UCL's UCLIC centre. Catherine  is the academic director and founder of the Global Disability Innovation Hub.

​Passionate about the design of assistive technologies, Catherine's work includes creating a new generation of wheelchairs (PowerUp!), developing accessible routes from crowdsourced cloud services (ARCCS) and working globally to build collaborations.

PROF. NORA GROCE - Leonard Cheshire Disability

A medical anthropologist, global health expert and Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre at UCL. Nora is a founding partner of the Global Disability Innovation Hub.

Nora's work focuses on vulnerable populations including disability in international health and the developing world, violence as a global public health problem and equity in access to development in ethnic, minority and rural communities.

JESS THOM - Comedian 

Co-founder of Touretteshero, Jess is an artist, playworker, and expert fundraiser. Jess currently helps coordinate a large play project in South London.

Jess has had tics since she was a child but wasn’t diagnosed with Tourettes until she was in her twenties. With some encouragement from her friends, Jess decided to turn her tics into a source of imaginative creativity.


​Scottish entrepreneur Alex has Athetoid cerebral palsy and used powerchairs since he was at school. He has developed an independent work and social life and has visited over 40 countries and 180 cities independently with his chair. He founded Freedom One Life with a vision to be the market leader in products and services that radically redefine and shift what mobility means for disabled people.

Freedom One Life is designing a next generation powered wheelchair. The company has won several awards including the 2016 Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

RAMA GHEERAWO - Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design 

​Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and the RCA Reader in Inclusive Design. With nearly two decades in the design industry, his interest is in people-centred and socially inclusive design.

Rama leads the Centre's Age & Ability research lab which creates design that improves the lives of people of all ages and abilities. He is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Art and the Royal Society of Arts.

CHAPAL KHASNABIS - Wolrd Health Organisation 

Leading the World Health Organization’s Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) Chapal is working to improve access to assistive health technology for people with disabilities, older people and others in need.

A social/technical innovator and leading thinker in prosthetics and orthotics, assistive technology and community-based rehabilitation Chapal has worked for the Government of India, founded the NGO Mobility India and is currently studying for a PhD in Trinity College, Dublin.


​Jason is a digital artist, who purchased an iPad when his disability made it difficult to paint traditionally. He's worked with over 30,000 young people in the past 6 years creating 3D prints and fibreglass sculptures, which use augmented reality apps to bring the work to life.

Jason has exhibited around the world, including the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar and at the Houses of Parliament, whilst delivering residencies at such diverse locations as a professional rugby league club and sailing on a tall ship.

IAIN MCKINNON - London Legacy Development Corporation 

Head of Inclusive Design at the GDI Hub and the London Legacy Development Corporation. Iain, a trained product design engineer, has been specialising in inclusive design in the built environment since 2005.  

Iain has a positive, pragmatic approach that focuses on people, end users and how design affects all of us throughout our lives. 

PROF NIGEL HARRIS - Designability

Director of Designability, Nigel leads the research team focusing on Medical Engineering and Assistive Technology. His expertise includes rehabilitation research (stroke and acquired brain injury), technology for people living with Dementia, physiological measurement and ambulatory monitoring, and technology transfer and innovation tools.
Nigel is a Registered Clinical Scientist, Honorary Chair with the Department for Health at the University of Bath and has more than 25 years of NHS experience in Medical Physics research and managerial roles. Nigel is also fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. 

DR TIM ADLAM  - Designability 

Senior Research Engineer and Head of Mechanical Engineering at Designability (a national charity that uses engineering and design to create life-changing assistive technologies). Tim’s work is based around the use of technology to support early development, personhood and self-expression with a focus on technology for children with a disability, and is informed by his experience of being a parent of a child with cerebral palsy.

Tim is a researcher, designer and engineer working to create useful, usable and beautiful technology that enables people with disabilities to live a better life. 


Global Disability Advisor in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience (GP SURR) Global Practice of the World Bank Group. Charlotte works with operational teams to ensure that Bank policies, programs and projects take people with disabilities into consideration. 

Before joining the World Bank Charlotte served as USAID’s coordinator for disability and inclusive development, appointed by U.S. President Barak Obama in 2011 to lead the government’s efforts in disability inclusive development.


​Reader and Deputy Director of UCLIC at UCL. Anna's work includes GetAMoveOn, transforming health through enabling mobility. Open3D, Collaborative Editing for 3D Virtual Worlds. C-PLACID, Computational Platform for Assessment of Cognition in Dementia. 

Anna is involved in a number of research groups and is the technical programme co-chair for CHI2018 and CHI2019


Independent expert consultant on HCI, Usability, and User Experience, Christopher regularly publishes in the field of User Centred and Participatory Design. With a PhD in Inclusive Design, he is an advocate of equality and equity, and his recent work on Design for Disability was presented to MP’s and Peers at the House of Commons.

As a psychologist and design researcher, he continues to seek new ways to improve how people interact with products, systems and services with the direct involvement of users throughout the development process.

DR ADAM SHORTLAND - Guys & St Thomas' & King's College London

​Adam Shortland is a Consultant Clinical Scientist at Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation NHS Trust (Evelina London Children's Hospital) and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at King's College London. He has been interested in imaging investigations of muscle in cerebral palsy since shortly after taking up his present position as clinical scientist at the One Small Step Gait Laboratory. He led the group that published the first researches in ultrasound investigations of muscle morphology in cerebral palsy.  He is interested in how we use technology to quantify participation in people with disabilities and how we link the activities of everyday living with measurements made in the clinic.