06 Oct 2015 NADSN at the PurpleSpace Launch Party

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NADSN at the PurpleSpace Launch Party

Tuesday 6th October 2015


Kate Nash OBE very kindly invited members of the NADSN Founding Steering Group to attend the Launch Party for the new PurpleSpace initiative. This took place on the evening of Tuesday 6th October 2015 in central London. A press release about this launch is now available here.

PurpleSpace is a new online support and learning hub for disability network leaders and employees. The resource is being created by Kate Nash Associates and supported by organisations across the public and private sector. It will provide a focal point for sharing best practice in the delivery of networks as vibrant vehicles for organisational change.

PurpleSpace will showcase the often unseen talent heading up networks across the employers’ community. Their work is making it easier for people to bring their authentic selves to work, ask for the adjustments they need and flourish in their chosen career.

The on-line platform will be unveiled at this party and In The Chair, launched. This new publication is about how to create a successful in-house disability network. It features top tips for running powerful networks from some of the most successful in-house change agents in the UK.

NADSN is very excited to be part of PurpleSpace. The following members of the NADSN Founding Steering Group will be attending this event:

  • Dr Hamied Haroon – Founder & Convenor, NADSN – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Network, The University of Manchester
  • Jacquie Nicholson – Convenor, Disabled Staff Network, University of Edinburgh
  • Linda Robson – Co-Chair, EnablingStaff@OU, The Open University
  • Melanie Sharpe – Co-Chair, Disabled Staff Network, The University of Manchester
  • Mona Patel – E&D Advisor, Disabled Staff Forum, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Nicola Martin – Director, NADP – Principal Lecturer, London South Bank University
  • Paul Bepey – Chair, BBC Ability, British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Stuart Moore – Advisor, AHEAD, Health Education England

The PurpleSpace Launch Party will follow the second meeting of the NADSN Founding Steering Group

  • Time: 3pm – 5pm
  • Venue: Russell Square, London

Steering group members are warmly invited to attend this meeting, and will be contacted directly with details.


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Professor Anna Lawson, Director of @CDSLeeds, honours NADSN by becoming our FIRST Patron!

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NADSN (@nadsn_uk) is thrilled to announce that the wonderful Professor Anna Lawson has accepted the Steering Committee’s recent invitation to take on a brand new role as the first Patron of NADSN!

Anna is professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies (@CDSLeeds) at the University of Leeds. Anna was our esteemed keynote speaker at this year’s NADSN Annual Conference at UCL and recorded a powerful VLOG in support of #PurpleLightUp as our senior champion!

Our Terms of Reference stipulate that our Patron will be well-known and respected in the disability field. Anna’s tireless campaigning on disability rights, the respect she has earned as an eminent academic and lawyer on the international stage, being the director of a world-class university centre on disability studies, and being an influential leader with lived experience, are just some of the qualities that make Anna the ideal candidate as our Patron. You can find out more about Anna on her profile page here.

We envisage that the role of the Patron would be to promote the aims of NADSN, provide credibility to our cause, raise awareness of the Association with people where it will count, offer guidance to the Chair and the Steering Committee, and be prepared to support occasional ‘high profile’ events.

We are deeply honoured that Anna has taken on this role and we very much look forward to working with her.

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