Biography

BA Hatfield Polytechnic

MA Brighton University

Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

Chair of the Disability Committee which lead on the EHRC Disability Programme

Commissioner of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC)

Co-founded and directed the National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL)

Inaugural Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Co-Chair of the British Council of Disabled People (BCODP)

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) (2001)

Honorary Doctorate in law from Bristol University

Honorary Doctorate in social sciences from Sheffield Hallam
University

Fellowship of University College London (UCL)

Appointed to the House of Lords (2007)

Founding member of Not Dead Yet UK

Member of House of Lords Appointments Commission

Chair of the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG)