Lord Chris Holmes
Chris is a former Paralympic swimmer who won nine gold, five silver and one bronze medal across four Games, including a record haul of six golds at Barcelona 1992. A technology evangelist and lifelong campaigner for greater accessibility Chris brings a wealth of experience and passion to the role of Chair of the GDI Hub. Chris is also Diversity Adviser to the civil service, non-executive director at Channel 4 and deputy Chancellor at BPP University. In 2013, Chris became a Conservative Peer in the House of Lords focusing his time on technology and the digital opportunity, employment, education and skills, media and sport. Chris is co-chair of the Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology and vice-chair of the Fintech Group. He has been a member of House of Lords Select Committees on Digital Skills, Social Mobility and Financial Exclusion. As Director of Paralympic Integration at the London 2012 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Chris is delighted to be part of a legacy project. From 2013-2017 Chris was Disability Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is a qualified lawyer.
 
Dr Paul Brickell 
Paul is the Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships for the London Legacy Development Corporation and has worked in East London for many years on regeneration projects. Prior to working on regeneration Paul was a university professor and a molecular biologist and until 2002 ran the cancer research department at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
 
Professor Frances Corner OBE
Frances is head of London College of Fashion and pro vice-chancellor of University of the Arts London, and has become an important figure in the fashion education sector for overseeing the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and the launch of London College of Fashion’s business school. Frances has more than 20 years experience in the higher education sector and prior to joining the London College of Fashion, she was head of the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University.
 
Professor Mike Caine
Professor Mike Caine is the Dean of Loughborough University London and Professor of Sports Technology and Innovation and was the inaugural Director of Loughborough's Sports Technology Institute from 2006-2010.  Mike has created a Research Institute in Singapore in partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singaporean Economic Development Board (EDB), securing support for 40 joint PhDs between Loughborough and NTU and is also Chair of Board for the Youth Sport Direct and a Trustee and Board Member for the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence.
 
Professor Stephen Hailes
Stephen is Professor of Wireless Systems and Deputy Head of the Department of Computer Science at University College London.  Stephen performed the first demonstration of video conferencing over IP networks in the UK. His research interests include mobile systems and security and he also has an interest in multimedia.  He also has an interest in teaching methodology particularly in future environments.
 
Anshul Varma - US Based
Anshul was born in India but has lived in the US for most of his adult life. His professional background is in the Private Sector and he leads KPMG’s Global Business Services Strategy.  He has previously worked at Hewlett-Packard. He studied Electrical Engineering at Delhi University and has an MBA from the London School of Economics.  Anshul has a particular interest in improving employment opportunities for disabled people and is very involved with the Texas Spina Bifida Association.
 
Peter Carr – UK Based
Peter has extensive experience in creating and designing accessible built environments.  He is Estates Manager of Queen Mary University London and has previously worked at Cambridge University.  Peter is a member of the Built Environments Access Panel and is also Founder and Chairman of Standing Start, a unique organisation and charity which provides an innovative exercise
based programme for people with spinal cord injuries in the UK.
 
Kush Kanodia – UK Based
Kush has a great deal of experience working at a senior level in developing strategy and improving commissioning procedures in the field of Banking and healthcare. He has served as a Trustee on a number of Boards related to health and social care.  Co-founder of Choice International an organisation which seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged disabled people around the globe. Kush is also a Director and Trustee of Centre for Accessible Football (CAFÉ) and a Trustee of Disability Rights UK.
 
Paul Smyth – UK Based
Paul has extensive experience of improving accessibility within the banking industry and currently works at Barclays where he has played a key role in improving the service they provide disabled customers. Paul visually impaired and is passionate about how technology can be used to improve the lives of disabled people.
 
Jo Verrent – UK Based
Jo is highly experienced in the Arts and is currently Senior Director with Unlimited. As well as being a successful artist they have also taken the lead on a number of projects designed to improve the involvement of disabled people in the Arts. She has experience of Producing and is a Trainer on inclusion and diversity which she has developed using her own experience as a disabled person.
 
Alimata Abdul Karima – Ghana Based
Alimata is a human rights advocate much experience in disability rights advocacy at the national, Pan-African and international levels. She has been Executive Director, African Union of the Blind and co-ordinated and taught many programmes across Ghana and Kenya. She has built on her own experience as a blind person to help address many of the issues disabled people in Ghana and Kenya face.
 
Iyiola Olafimihan  LLB/BL MA – UK Based 
Capacity building specialist at Disability LIB (a £4m Big lottery funded project supporting disabled people’s organisations in England to become more sustainable). Before immigrating to the UK Iyiola worked in the legal department of a commercial bank in Nigeria. Founding member of ASCEND, an activist group working in coalition to demand disability discrimination legislation in Nigeria. Since moving to the UK Iyiola has worked for several disabled people’s led organisations, including Camden, to implement plans to develop a centre for independent living for Deaf and disabled people in that part of London. He has led training in disability equality, governance and currently works for an organisation campaign for inclusive education in mainstream educational settings for disabled children and young people.
 
Adam Hyland – UK Based
Adam was Disability Officer at the National Union of Students and has a great deal of experience on improving the University experience for disabled students.  Adam is also interested in para-sport and has set up a football team in his local area and has also been involved in a number of other disability sports ventures.
 
Olugbemiro Sodeinde – UK/Nigeria Based
Consultant Paediatrician based at North East London NHS Federation Trust, leading the Multi-Agency Pathway for babies and children with complex needs, particularly neurodisability. Trustee for First Step, a small charity providing quality nursery and pre-school services for babies and disabled children, ensuring they and their families get the right support in early years.
 
Barry Ginley – UK Based
Barry leads on Access and Inclusion at the V&A Museum and has a wealth of experience in advising on inclusion and access at numerous organisations.  He is a member of the Built Environment Access Panel and has experience of membership of various Boards including LOCOG and the UK Government Department for Work and Pension’s Disability Panel.
 
Ola Abu Alghaib - UK Based
Ola Abu Alghaib is head of influencing, impact and learning at Leonard Cheshire Disability, based in London. Ola is a disabled person and has almost two decades of experience in the field of disability, development, and inclusive social policies. Her work encompasses policy analysis, program design, management and evaluation, formulation of advocacy strategies, capacity development, extensive use of qualitative methods, and research with the World Bank, UN agencies (WHO, ILO, Unesco), NGOs (including disability organisations) and INGOs.
 

Stephen Duckworth - UK Based

Stephen Duckworth is an academic and entrepreneur. In the 1980s his MSc and PhD were instrumental in influencing the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation in the UK. In the voluntary sector he helped establish local user led organisations and was a Trustee of both regional and national charities. In the 1990s Stephen set up the Bridge Recruitment Agency and led a regional recruitment initiative to support disabled people into employment. He also became a non-executive director of a finance company supporting disabled people in the purchase of wheelchairs and scooters. In the 2000s, Stephen became a Board Director of the Olympic Delivery Authority to ensure the appropriate governance of health, safety, environment, equality and diversity issues across the £9.2 billion expenditure of public funds. His new business, Disability Matters Global, has a simple vision to "Create a more inclusive world". Stephen became a powered wheelchair user at 21 when a medical student before qualifying as a doctor and is paralysed from the neck down.