Brighton charity CEO named in Power 100 list

Jennie Williams, CEO of Enhance the UK
Jennie Williams, CEO of Enhance the UK

A Brighton woman has been named in a prestigious ‘Power List’, due to her work as the founder and CEO of a disability charity.

Enhance the UK is a charity that aims to challenge perceptions of disability through its campaigning work and its disability awareness training, which is run by CEO Jennie Williams and her team of freelance disabled trainers.

Jennie’s work has been recognised by the Shaw Trust Power 100 List.Working with the BBC, Premier League Football Clubs, galleries, schools, Northern Rail, and Members of Parliament, Jennie believes that open discussion and tackling the issue head on is the key to overcoming unnecessary barriers and outdated thinking around disability.

Jennie set up Enhance The UK after working in the care sector and becoming frustrated with the lack of practical information and support available for people who wanted to know more about communicating with disabled people both professionally and personally.

She said: “One in five working people in the UK have a disability which is a fact that surprises many people.

“I’m a CEO and mum of two and whilst my degenerative hearing loss means I Skype instead of phone, and lip read instead of hear each word, it doesn’t stop me adding value to businesses I work with, the teams I lead or the community I live in.

“It’s wonderful to be recognised in the Shaw Trust Power 100 List as hopefully it challenges people’s perceptions of disability and highlights the need for more open conversations, training and inclusivity in business, education and communities.”

Now in its fifth year, the Power 100 List celebrates the achievements of individuals who strive to break down barriers around disability to create a more inclusive world.