Jackie has been recognised by both The List and Shaw Trust’s Power 100 List as one of the UK’s most influential disabled people. She was awarded an OBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for “services to hearing impaired people, equality, diversity and inclusion”.
Jackie is currently the Strategic Lead for Inclusion at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC). Jackie previously held a senior role at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, leading programmes on identity based violence, hate crime, freedom of expression, diversity in broadcasting, disproportionate stop and search, and LGBT equality.
Kirit is a manager and trainer with over 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary and community sector.
Previous roles include leading Oxfam’s Race Equality Programme in England, Services Manager for the Black Health Agency (now BHA); managing the Kath Locke Centre (part of the Big Life Group); and as Project Co-ordinator for Southern Voices promoting global education and equality issues in schools and communities.
Kirit is a member of the Steady State Manchester, a policy group interested in a viable and sustainable regional economy; West Point Residents’ Association; and Can-Survive UK, a cancer support charity for ethnic minorities in Manchester. In 2018, Kirit completed a part-time MA in Creative Education at the University of Salford.
We also have a team of staff including frontline workers who work directly with our clients – disabled adults in Greater Manchester – providing personalised support.