Recruiters’ Club Annual Reception: Party with a purpose

Hosted by Baker Mckenzie

Now in our 12th year we are launching The Recruiters’ Club Annual Reception to mark the occasion. This party with a purpose is an opportunity for our members, sponsors and network of businesses and individuals associated with Disability to come together for drinks, canapes and discussions.

We are excited to announce that we will be launching our new Recruiters’ Club Student Recruitment Toolkit at the event. The ‘Recruiting talented disabled students: from engagement to onboarding Toolkit’, is a step by step guide to help employers understand what being a disability confident recruiter means in practice, and what the practical steps are to achieve this.

There will also be the opportunity to hear all the latest developments from MyPlus and have conversations around disability and its growing importance in the student recruitment space with other businesses and graduates with disabilities.

Entertainment will be provided by Abnormally Funny People, a group of gifted Stand-up Comedians, most of whom are disabled and are very funny people!

This event is by invitation only.

Abnormally Funny People:


Simon Minty

Simon is the producer of Abnormally Funny People. He co-produced and performed in the sell out Edinburgh Fringe comedy show “Abnormally Funny People” in 2005 and then again in 2015. He was a co-producer of the Abnormally Funny People documentary of the first Edinburgh show for a documentary for Sky Television.

As well as the live shows, he wrote, co-hosted and produced the Abnormally Funny People Show (podcast) for two years. He has written comedy sketches for BBC Radio 4. He is a keen traveller and won the Travel X Travel Writer of the Year 1999 – Best Television Feature presenting a Channel 4 Travelog programme in China.

He regularly works with media organisations to help them improve the portrayal of disabled people and increase their employment within the creative industries. Clients include BBC, Channel 4, Five and Sky Television as well as ‘indies’ like Warner Bros, Shine, Wall to Wall and Endemol.

Simon is the co-host the BBC Ouch talkshow and the Phil & Simon Show.

Steve Day

Warm, funny, frank and thought-provoking"- The Scotsman

Steve Day is a truly unique comedian - witty and engaging whilst dealing with the dilemmas of being a deaf man in a hearing world. His stories of multiple children, wearing a suit and the problems caused by not knowing how words are pronounced have audiences in raptures. A disabled performer, Steve is more concerned with success in the mainstream comedy circuit, but is happy to 'deaf it up' as necessary if the money is ok, and there are sandwiches.

A familiar voice on Radio 4, Steve has appeared many times on You and Yours, was a token man on Woman's Hour, has appeared in two radio dramas, All Fingers and Thumbs with Bill Nighy, whom he punched dramatically, and Sound Barriers with Patricia Routledge and Caroline Quentin, both of whom he was prevented from punching.

Jess Thom

The world’s first fully-fledged Tourettes superhero!

Touretteshero is an organisation that celebrates the humour and
creativity of Tourette's Syndrome. Performing the titular role of
Touretteshero is Jess Thom, an artist, playworker, and expert
fundraiser, who currently helps coordinate a large play project in
South London. Jess has had tics since she was a child but wasn’t
diagnosed with Tourettes until she was in her twenties. With some
encouragement from her friends, Jess decided to turn her tics into a
source of imaginative creativity and the Touretteshero project was

Touretteshero debuted their first stage show Backstage in Biscuit Land
at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 to five star reviews.
Touretteshero can also sometimes be heard announcing continuity shifts
between programming on Channel 4