Andrew Bright named in the Power List 100

Andrew Bright, Head of Development at Thera Trust and Service Quality Director for Thera North, was announced as one of the most influential people with a disability in the UK at a reception at the House of Lords yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 8 October).

Andrew Bright

The Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100 is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. Nearly 200 nominations were received for the 100 places. The Disability Power List 100 is compiled by an independent judging panel, chaired by Kate Nash OBE. Kate is the world’s leading authority in ‘Networkology’ – the science behind the growth of workplace networks and resource groups. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people. In 2013 she was appointed Ambassador to Disability Rights UK.

When Andrew left school his head teacher told him he would never have a job; or if he did it would be unskilled. Andrew has fought against these assumptions and championed the rights of other people with a learning disability. He is an advocate, spokesperson and a role model working across the public sector, education and charities.

Andrew said: “What I have endeavoured to achieve in the work that I have done is to make a difference for people with a learning disability like me; so that the sorts of opportunities that I have been given the chance to be able to achieve in my life that others can do the same. I would say to young people with a disability that you can achieve anything with the right support and achieve the impossible like I have.”

The full Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100 can be found on www.disabilitypower100.com.