Christina EarlChristina Earl has over 25 years’ management experience in both the private and third sector, spending much of her career working in technology companies. For over 7 years she ran her own successful training consultancy working with large corporate organisations.

For five years she worked with people with HIV and other hidden disabilities, advising individuals, trade unions and employers on issues around health management, disclosure and awareness.

She now manages Surrey County Council’s supported employment service EmployAbility, who are known for their innovative approach to finding disabled people work and supporting young people at schools and colleges.  They are currently supporting over 650 disabled individuals to find or retain work and in September 2013 were awarded the British Association of Supported Employment Team of the Year Award.

Since joining Surrey County Council in 2007 she has been a strong advocate for employment opportunities for disabled people and worked with user led organisations to campaign for improvements in services. She spent a year on secondment at the Department of Health working on the “homes and jobs” agenda for people with learning disabilities, secondary mental health issues and care leavers working with central government and service providers in the South East of England.

Layout 1A strong advocate of partnership working, she was formerly a director of Surrey Supported Employment and has links with employers and other professionals across the county.

See Christina speak at SuitAbility 2014 on April 29th – “Learning Disability in the workplace and the role of supported employment agencies.”

Watch more about Employability and the work they do in Surrey here: Employing Disabled People in Surrey