IM Breakfast Speaker Event – April

Programme

0800 Welcome and registration with refreshments
0820 Guest Speaker, Nigel Lewis
0840 Guest Speaker, Adam Oliver
0900 Questions and informal networking
0930 Close

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Innovation Martlesham, in association with IP Network, would like to invite you to another Breakfast Networking Event

With Guest Speakers:

Nigel Lewis, CEO, AbilityNet & Chair, One Voice for Accessible ICT Grow your employee talent pool and client base - How can accessible technology help your business.' AbilityNet work with many digital leaders & national and international organisations.  They are able to enhance the ICT experience for disabled members of the team by finding ICT solutions in the workplace, at home and in education. If you are not accessible as a business you are missing out on a range of talent that will help you grow your business and a large number of clients who won’t buy your products and services. So come and hear why and what accessible ICT can do for your business; for your current staff; in attracting new talent; and how it will allow you to expand your sales opportunities. Employers are legally responsible for ensuring their employees are adequately equipped to do their job, which includes making 'reasonable adjustments' to their workstation.   There are many benefits: Improved efficiency, increased staff loyalty and retention - saving recruitment costs, improved recruitment processes, compliance with the law (Equality Act 2010) and lower risk of litigation. Nigel will provide an overview of what is accessibility, what it means, why it’s important for users/clients and how it can benefit organisations to deliver accessible and inclusive systems, services and content And Adam Oliver, Head of Inclusion and Age & Disability Research Programmes, BT   ‘BT’s approach to Inclusion’ Adam will present some of BT’s work on inclusion and provide a brief overview of ‘One Voice’ – an initiative BT is passionate about that makes us think about the way we communicate messages to our customers and one another. PLACES ARE LIMITED AND ATTENDANCE IS BY REGISTRATION ONLY.   Please register by contacting nicky.daniels@innovationmartlesham.com  and await confirmation that you have been successful. PERSONAL PROFILE – Nigel Lewis NigelLewis Nigel Lewis is currently CEO of AbilityNet the UK's leading charity on accessibility. AbilityNet has over 25 years' experience in providing advice, guidance, assessment and consultancy in accessible ICT to all those in need whether at work, in education or at home. Nigel has successfully led the organisation for over 6 years during a period of great change as well as the economic uncertainty. Nigel is also Chair of the One Voice for Accessible ICT Coalition which brings together like minded organisations and individuals working in ICT accessibility to campaign the benefits of accessibility; promote what can be achieved today; and make ICT accessibility a normal part of learning for ICT professionals. Prior to joining AbilityNet Nigel worked for over 25 years in the IT services sector starting his career in software development, then progressing to customer support, project management, presales and sales culminating in managing various public sector business units responsible for all areas of sales, delivery and support. Through his career Nigel has gained a comprehensive knowledge of IT and the implementation of major IT systems but also the management of business. PERSONAL PROFILE – Adam Oliver Adam Oliver Adam leads BT’s research into new technologies to help create a more inclusive society.  Adam has a keen interest in the inclusive design of our products and is at the forefront of BT’s drive for accessible products for all our customers.   Working with his colleagues across BT and external organisations, Adam convert BT’s innovation into inspiration.  These partnerships help create an ecosystem of people who believe in not only an inclusive future, but one where people with disabilities can be leaders in innovative uses of technology.  Adam has another keen interest and that is in the mentoring of many of BT’s Apprentices.  Adam has worked for BT for 24 years and is based in BT Centre, London.

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