The launch of the Power 100 LIST 2017. Britain’s most influential persons with a disability or impairment #DisabilityPower100.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
Shaw Trust are once again delighted to sponsor the Power 100 List 2017, a celebration of Britain’s most influential persons with a disability or impairment. It is significant that the launch date of this publication co-incides with the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities – for more information about this important day visit http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/background.shtml (opens in new tab or window).
Chaired by the fantastic Baroness Carys “Tanni” Grey- Thompson, Crossbench Peer, campaigner and Paralympic legend, this year’s independent judging panel for the the Power 100 LIST included Kat Deal, Editor, Power 100, Gemma Hope, Head of Policy, Research and Communication, Shaw Trust, Clare Gray, Disability Advocacy Adviser, Shaw Trust and Dom Hyams, Editor-in-Chief, Power 100.
As you can imagine, compiling the list is an almost impossible task. With over 10 million disabled people in Britain, everyone has their own inspirational, very personal story of overcoming barriers to succeed. As Booker T. Washington famously said “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
Roy O’Shaughnessy, Shaw Trust’s Chief Executive, said:
“Every year, I am overwhelmed by the achievements of these inspirational individuals and I am buoyed by the positive impact this publication has had on our society since its inception three years ago. This list plays a vital role in providing much needed encouragement to the young and talented leaders of tomorrow, allowing them to see that aspiration and ambition can be fulfilled regardless of disability or impairment.”
As one of the UK’s leading disability charities, we are fully committed to delivering a truly accessible world for everyone. Our vision is a country where everyone has the opportunity for employment, inclusion and independence.
The Power 100 List 2017 Top 10 includes:
- Dame Sarah Storey – Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian
- Alex Brooker – TV presenter, Journalist
- Martyn Sibley – Blogger, TV presenter and social entrepreneur
- Liz Sayce OBE – CEO Disability Rights UK
- Dame Evelyn Glennie – Musician
- Ade Adepitan – TV presenter, Paralympian
- Henry Fraser – Artist and motivational speaker
- Andrew Marr – TV presenter, Journalist
- Frank Gardner – Security Correspondent, BBC News
- Baroness Celia Thomas of Winchester MBE – Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Muscular Dystrophy.