Learning Disabilities and Autism: Promoting Positive Outcomes
- 08:30 - 15:45
- Manchester Conference Centre
Diane Lightfoot is CEO of Business Disability Forum, a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports businesses to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers. Business Disability Forum’s 300 members employ around 15% of the UK workforce and range from FTSE 100 companies and central Government departments to transport providers, construction companies, retailers, higher education providers and public services.
Diane is a board member of the Government’s Diverse Leadership Taskforce and Disability Expert Advisory Panel and of the Institute of Coding. She is the incoming Chair of the Disabled Students’ Stakeholder Group and Chair of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.
Before joining Business Disability Forum, Diane was Director of Policy and Communications for United Response, a national charity working with people with learning disabilities and autism. Whilst at United Response, Diane took on the leadership of the organisation’s employment services and she is passionate about the role that good work has to play in transforming people’s lives.