meet the parallel Ambassadors

 

Nick Ashley-Cooper
12th Earl of Shaftesbury

Nick Ashley-Cooper is the patron of Parallel London. In 2009, while horse riding, he fell and cracked his L1 vertebrae. It was unclear if he’d ever be able to walk again. Luckily he regained his mobility, and went on to run ultra-marathons whilst supporting spinal research charity Wings for Life.


Baroness Jane Campbell
Equality Campaigner

Baroness Campbell is a leading campaigner for equality and a respected advocate for the rights of disabled people. The Baroness, amongst her many achievements, has served as Commissioner of the Equality and Human Right commission from 2006-2008.


                   mik scarlet                     broadcaster, journalist and access expert

Mik has had a colourful and eclectic career as a singer/songwriter, a DJ, an Emmy award-winning TV presenter, a prolific writer and columnist, and was the first disabled actor to appear in a UK soap. He also advises organisations on best practices regarding accessibility and inclusion in the workplace. 

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                     Matt Hampson                      founder of the matt hampson foundation

Matt is a former England U21s rugby player who was injured in 2005 during a practice scrum session and is a C4 tetraplegic. In 2011 he established the Matt Hampson Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting young people who have been seriously injured through sport.


Sophie Morgan
Campaigner and Broadcaster

Sophie Morgan is an esteemed and diverse campaigner and TV presenter, having established herself as an advocate for improved disability awareness since a car accident left her paralysed from the chest down. She consults for numerous charities and is also a model and brand ambassador.


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                         Jo GracE                         founder of 'The Sensory Projects'

Jo is an inclusion and sensory engagement consultant and founder of The Sensory Projects. She believes that with the right knowledge and creativity, inexpensive resources can be used to effectively include people with profound disabilities. Jo, who has a diagnosis of austism, aims to contribute to a future where people are understood in spite of their differences. 


Tony Heaton OBE
Sculptor

Tony Heaton is the CEO of Shape, a disability-led arts group that works with cultural institutions and disabled people. He is also a sculptor, and his ‘Monument to the Unintended Performer’ was installed at the entrance to Channel 4 TV as a celebration of the 2012 Paralympics.


Kelly Knox
Model and Campaigner

Kelly Knox is one of the UK’s top models, and the champion of a new campaign ‘Diversity not Disability’, aimed at improving positive body image and awareness about disabilities. She personally and professionally challenges and changes society’s perception of what beauty is.


victoria milligan
fitness instructor and mentor

Victoria Milligan was thrust into the public eye when she lost her husband, Nicko, her daughter, Emily, and her leg in a boating accident in 2013. A fitness instructor and fundraiser, the mother of three is a patron of Child Bereavement UK and a regular guest and mentor on ITV’s Lorraine show.


Geoff Adams-Spink
Journalist

Geoff has spent almost 22 years working for the BBC in a variety of roles - both journalistic and managerial. He has a vast network of contacts and has developed a deep understanding of disability equality and the role technology plays in helping to achieve this.


EMILY WHITE
SUPERHERO

Emily White is a basketball playing, martial arts practiser, football playing, canvas painter, cartoonist, and head of a new comic that's hoping to inspire a generation!