Diversity and Disabilities Specialist
Geoff is an experienced disabilities and diversity trainer, public speaker, broadcaster and journalist. He was born with disabilities caused by the morning-sickness drug thalidomide. He brings his personal experience of living with disabilities to bear on his consultancy work, and has a particular interest in assistive and inclusive technology. Geoff previously worked as the Age and Disability Correspondent for BBC News, reporting for TV, radio and the BBC News website. His previous media roles include Senior Producer for the Today programme and The World Tonight on Radio 4, and Project Director in Rwanda for the BBC World Service. Geoff also served as Chairman of the BBC Disabled Staff Forum. He has delivered training as far afield as China and Thailand, and worked closely on the BBC Leadership Programme. His consultancy and training work with the BBC includes design and delivery of 'Disability Confidence', a mandatory course for 800 BBC News managers (and redeveloped as an elearning module for all staff). Geoff recently worked on one of our diversity research projects for Arts Council England: looking into the experiences of disabled people in the sector workforce. He was also a lead consultant on our elearning programme for Transport for London, designing a training module for volunteer teams at the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics. His other clients include the Department for Work and Pensions, the European Commission, Ordnance Survey and the Thalidomide Trust. Since 2012, Geoff has been a Trustee of Disability Rights UK and Chairman of the European Dysmelia Reference Information Centre (EDRIC) in Stockholm.