“Inclusion and fairness matter to John Gillman. I have seen this first-hand in the work we have done together promoting the needs of disabled people. If John commits to something paid or pro-bono, he gives 110 percent. He is a skilled negotiator, a passionate advocate, and a brilliant networker.”
Firstly, I wanted to continue my professional career advising on health-related risk in the workplace. Over time, this has developed into more specific work on managing employee disability with particular reference to legislation relating to equality.
Secondly, my experience as to how disabled people have been treated in the past has led me to work very closely with charities operating in this area. These have included Disability Rights UK (where I have served as a director), the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers and the National Aids Trust.
Employment plays an incredibly important role in our health, both physical and mental. It is also an important contributor to our personal identity and can bring with it, as well as remuneration, friendships, camaraderie, personal satisfaction, recognition and pride.
I was interested to discover that this was something Dr Johnson noted way back in the late 18th century when he declared
‘The safe and general antidote against sorrow is employment’.