SuitAbility 2014

Did you know… that the difference in UK employment rates between disabled and non disabled people of working age is equivalent to the population of Latvia!

sponsored by unum


SuitAbility 2013 was hailed as an inspirational event, but we knew that we needed to do more to change those statistics! So Suitability 2014 had to be bigger, better and present speakers who can really pack a punch!

This year’s conference, held on 29th April 2014, wa set in the historic Wotton House in Dorking, and aimed to identify ways of improving support into employment for people with disabilities in Surrey and the South East. It focused on 3 areas:

creating a diverse workforce

business expectations of support services

the business benefits of employing people with disabilities

The Speakers – click to find out more about them

Tamara Henderson, Unum – Welcome to SuitAbility

Toby Mildon, BBC – Why your business is better off without ‘disabled’ staff! – Changing the way we think about people with disabilities in business.

Madeleine Warren, Goldman Sachs – Untapped talent – the commercial benefits of employing people with disabilities.

Dr Kevin J Cross, – Being disabled in the workplace – my experience.

Christina Earl, Employability – Learning disability in the workplace and the role of supported employment agencies.

Jane Cattermole, Minding your business – Managing mental health in the workplace.

Rebecca Subham, Unum – Rehabilitation into work

Breakout sessions

Sam Swinstead, Vivo hr  – Reasonable adjustments in the workplace (for businesses and HR)

Nicci Bonfanti, Talent Dynamics – How to sell talent to employers (for Supported Employment agencies, disability charities and disabled people)


Thanks to all our speakers for making the event such a success and to Unum for their support of the event.


Comments from the Event

‘Fab day, very useful Thank you’

‘The theme that disabled people are great employees and do not expect charity was great’

‘Same again please’

Lots of informative input, varied speakers and methods, made for an interesting day’


Photos from the event