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Milton Keynes Disability Excellence Awards 2024

Lisa Lovell

Lisa, a devoted Community Activist and eloquent public speaker, I am privileged to serve as a judge for the esteemed MK Disability Awards. Despite navigating challenges with mobility, Lisa exemplifies unwavering dedication to enriching our community with boundless passion and unwavering integrity. Her tireless advocacy for inclusivity and accessibility serves as a beacon of inspiration for us all. Lisa's fervour for highlighting the achievements of differently-abled individuals who lead, inspire, advocate, and support others in their community is definitely qualities that will aid the judging process.

Gamiel Yafai

Gamiel Yafai is an engaging, passionate Diversity & Inclusion Strategist, CEO of a multi-award-winning DE&I Consultancy called Diversity Marketplace, proud Global Diversity Leadership Award recipient and winner of 3 Awards, including ‘Business of the Year’ at the MKBAA Awards. Author of “Demystifying Diversity” and “Yemen Proud”, Gamiel works with world-leading employers to attract diverse talent and support existing employees to realise their potential through the creation of positive, inclusive cultures. His global expertise spans D&I strategy, culture change, talent initiatives, and programmes that empower organisations and people to thrive. Gamiel is also a Trustee of Women Leaders UK, a founding member of the Milton Keynes Business Community and a Global Advisory Board member of The Inclusion Foundation.

Gamiel Yafai

Keisha Adair Swaby

Keisha has been chosen as one of the top 50 most Influential Neurodivergent Women and was a finalist for role model of the year at the Multicultural Business & Community Champion Awards (MBCC).

Keisha won the Caribbean African Health Network (CAHN) Community Unsung Hero Award in 2023 for her advocacy work in the community!

In 2023 Keisha was listed on the Northern Power Women Awards Future List and was also a finalist at the National Diversity and WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards!

Keisha has recently published her book Empowering Dyslexics Blessed and Gifted which shares her story of sheer determination and resilience, a book to help others understand and become more aware of the strengths and challenges of living with learning differences.

Keisha won the Caribbean African Health Network (CAHN) Community Unsung Hero 2023 for her work in the community!

Mark Orr

Mark loves the fact that Milton Keynes has a genuine "can do" spirit.  Whoever you are, whatever challenges you're facing, you'll find help here in Milton Keynes to turn your dreams into your reality.

What Mark loves about business networking in Milton Keynes is the strength of the community spirit.  If you reach out for help you will find it in the business networking community.  Mark loves to help people.  He is a natural connector and if you can clearly describe your need he's likely to know someone who can help you.  He really loves making those successful connections.

In over twenty years in Milton Keynes Mark has promoted, organised and run hundreds of business events.  He's supported dozens of charities.  Mark loves public speaking and has also been asked be the front man for other people's events.

Mark is a strong believer in celebrating all talents and diversities and is therefore really proud to have been asked to judge these awards.

Gamiel Yafai

Kerry Thompson rocking life in 4 wheels, with a rare form of Muscular
Dystrophy. As a changemaker challenging society perception on disability
on a mission to make the world a more inclusive and accessible for all
disabled people and their families in both the home and public
environments. 
A multi-award-winning campaigner and keynote speaker in the field of disability
inclusion and accessibility and 3-time Shaw Trust Power 100 most influential
disabled people in the UK. Kerry has unique way with people from all walks
of life, drawing people in to listen to her suggestions, advice, and
guidance.  
Kerry has been the face of various public campaigns highlighting important
issues.
A leading campaigner for the Changing Places Campaign to increase the
number of fully accessible toilet facilities around the country. instrumental in
securing more than 100 Changing Places Toilets in Tesco stores
nationwide. Local campaigning encouraged Milton Keynes City Council to apply and
secure government funding to install 3 new Changing Places facilities.
Now working for MDUK co-chair of Changing Places consortium. Giving
guidance and support to Local Authorities, Trusts who have gained a share
of government funding for Changing Places Toilets.
Kerry sits on various panels. Habinteg Housing Association, The Milton
Keynes Disability Advisory Group and Milton Keynes alliance steering
group. Also, Ambassador for Purple Tuesday, AccessAble and The Parks
Trust MK.
Kerry has interviewed with BBC Three Counties, World news and Heart.
Kerry has appeared on BBC Look East Ch5, ITV Anglia, Sky and Breakfast
TV.
Kerry has written and featured with Habinteg, Huffington Post, OpeMed,
The Independent, MDUK, The Guardian. Has a monthly column about
disability in a Milton Keynes Magazine.

Kerry Thompson

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