7BR’s head of employment, Dr Gregory Burke was named yesterday in the respected Shaw Trust’s Power 100; a list of the most influential disabled people in the UK.
At an event hosted by Baroness Thomas in the House of Lords, Gregory was named within the top 10 on the powerlist, at number six.
Gregory was recognised for his work with AccessAble and his work at the Bar.
AccessAble is a limited company founded by Gregory in 2000 to solve the problem that many disabled people face in having the confidence to access their community. His service provides fine-grained disabled access information to towns and cities across the UK, so that disabled people can make up their own minds as to whether a particular venue or building is suitable for their own individual requirements that day. AccessAble employs over 65 people, turns over nearly £3 million and serves more than 1.8 million disabled people free at the point of use each year.
Inspired by the struggles of many disabled people that he met, Gregory retrained in law – while still CEO of AccessAble – in order to be able to help more disabled people directly. He is now head of the employment law team at 7BR working predominantly on cases of discrimination. He also has a busy practice assisting disabled people in their claims arising from personal injury and clinical negligence.
Speaking at the launch Gregory said, “I’m so proud to be in the company of so many talented people who are achieving so much. It is a real honour to be named among so many influential people. There is an urgent mission to tackle the inequality and societal barriers that too often constrain the talent potential of disabled people; be that in terms of a grand contribution to a community or simply the opportunity “just “to live freely.”.
He added, “Ultimately the ambition must be that power lists are dispensed with. It should just be “everyday” that disabled people are in positions of influence and authority; that a person’s impairment remains simply that, and is not transformed into a disability by an inaccessible world. No country, no community, no business can afford to let talent go to waste. 7BR gave me my opportunity to do more – for which I am immensely grateful – and I want to do all I can to make sure that any other disabled person who wants to follow this path can do so”.
All at 7BR would like to congratulate Gregory for this incredibly well deserved, outstanding achievement.
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