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Gemma Bailey-Smith
Disability Network Co-chair

Gem Bailey-Smith, is a disabled, neurodivergent, queer woman who wants to share their lived experience especially around disability in the workplace.

Their mission is to enable d/Deaf, Disabled, and Neurodivergent individuals an equitable experience in employment and support successful careers.

Gem explains her ‘day-job’ is as an Environmental sustainability Manager, but through voluntary work, they have over 5 years experience in total of chairing and co-chairing award winning employee network groups focussing on disability, neurodivergence, and supporting carers in the workplace. These networks have been shortlisted as finalists for awards at the Engineering Talent Awards for Employee network of the year 2022 and the Ground Engineering Awards EDI champions category. Gem was personally listed in the Disability Power 100 as a finalist in the top 10 for the Science and Engineering category, the only finalist in the construction and civils sector. The Shaw Trust list recognises the top 100 most influential disabled people in the UK.

They aim to use these successes to amplify disabled and neurodivergent lived experiences to enhance workplace inclusion and accessibility through tangible actions. Gem states ‘Accessibility benefits all, and it’s about time it’s not an afterthought.’

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