The annual and hotly anticipated Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list was released last week and it celebrated the most influential disabled Britons.

Image: twitter.com/alex_brooker

The witty charms of Alex Brooker saw him top the list for 2018. As a household name, his regular appearance as one of the main presenters of TV programme The Last Leg, among many other comedy programmes, documentaries and campaigns, has seen him positively educate the British public on disability. As a firm favourite with the public he is aware of the importance that his high profile platform offers him and is mindful of the positive change he can make through his work, he told the Power 100:

“When I was younger, growing up in the 80s, there were no disabled role models really. Now you’ve got people like Jonny Peacock: you see him on Strictly, and that’s just what he’s doing you know in his spare time when he’s not winning gold medals. Kids will see that, and then if they have a kid with a prosthetic leg in their class: all of a sudden it’s a little bit cooler than it was.”

On beating his co-presenter Adam Hills to the number one spot, he said:

“I’m just really grateful to the people on the panel who’ve decided that this year it was me. I mean, Peacock coming second when he done that jive on Strictly? I thought he was a shoo-in but he didn’t nail it, did he? They did tell him repeatedly to tuck his bum in when he was dancing and maybe if he had of: he might of been number one.”

The Top 10 list makes for impressive reading:

10. Nancy Doyle
9. Neil Milliken
8. Gary Bourlet
7. Ruth Owen OBE
6. Warwick Davis
5. Adam Hills
4. Martyn Sibley
3. Baroness Jane Campbell
2. Jonnie Peacock MBE
1. Alex Brooker

The remaining 90 nominees have been recognised in different categories to celebrate the positive change and influence they have had in their respective sectors and we were delighted to see our regular columnists Mik Scarlet and Sam Renke included for their continuous and amazing work advocating for disabled people and bringing about change to the public’s perception of disabled people.

You can read the full Power 100 list here 

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