MyPlus Story

MyPlus is one of the UK's leading authorities in disability recruitment and development 

Established in 2006 we have worked with and continue to work with a variety of organisations including Barclays, BP, EY, Hogan Lovells, JP Morgan, Enterprise Holdings and the Civil Service. With a unique specialisation in graduate recruitment our MyPlus Recruiters' Club, launched in 2009, is a membership forum aimed at building disability confidence in graduate recruitment. Our MyPlus Students' Club launched in 2013, is a website which brings together students, universities and businesses and provides graduate employers with a platform to market themselves as employers of choice for disabled students. 

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I don’t believe I am any more special than anyone else. But I do believe my disability has given me something extra.
— Helen Cooke, MyPlus founder

MyPlus was founded, and is directed, by Helen Cooke - an HR professional, disability consultant, trainer and speaker 

Recognised nationally as a leading expert in disability and graduate recruitment, Helen is supported by an experienced group of associate consultants and trainers; all of whom have a background in the commercial world as well as expertise in disability.

Helen's unique approach stems largely from her wide-ranging experience, drawing on her commercial background, her HR expertise, as well as first-hand experience of disability. Helen uses a wheelchair as a result of a childhood spinal injury and she uses her personal experiences to bring the subject alive and to help people to really understand the key issues. 

MyPlus is...

  • my determination to overcome the barriers in front of me.

  • my capacity to prove myself to everyone I work with.

  • my desire today to help individuals and organisations realise new possibilities.

  • what makes me who I am.

  • why all employers should open up to people with a disability.

Helen’s experience as both a graduate, employer and consultant gives her a unique insight into the issues faced by students with disabilities, educators and employers. Her work has always been solutions focused, helping drive industry change and improving outcomes for students.
— Stephen Isherwood; CEO Association of Graduate Recruiters
I’m delighted to see that My Plus Consulting continues to grow from strength to strength. I’ve known Helen and her work for many years now and she is one of a small number of professionals in this space that really do know their topic and is an excellent convenor both for disabled candidates and for enlightened employers looking to broaden their talent pool. Her work is innovative and often leading edge.
— Fleur Bothwick, OBE | Director of Diversity & Inclusive Leadership - EMEIA

Helen works with organisations to build their confidence, knowledge and ability to efficiently recruit, retain and support individuals with a disability

Clients benefit from consultancy, training and expertise, as well as Helen's pragmatic and practical approach. With an expertise in student recruitment and strong working relationships with University Careers and Disability Services, organisations are also able to efficiently connect with the growing talent pool of disabled students. 

Helen is available to speak at events or judge awards. To find out more or if you are interested in booking Helen contact

Helen has spoken at numerous high-profile events including the Managing Diversity in Practice European Conference in Vienna 2016, LEAD Networking UK Chapter event 2017, EY Global Disability Conference 2017, LEAD Masterclass on Disability 2018, AGCAS Annual Conference 2018, IUA Supporting Disability in the Workspace May 2019. NADP Annual Conference June 2019 and IAB UK Inclusion, Diversity & Equality Seminar July 2019.

In 2015 Helen was a judge for the HR in Law Awards, and in 2018 for the ISE Development Awards and the Business Disability Forum Film Festival.

Future speaking engagements:

AGCAS Annual Conference - 6th September 2019
Unleashing ambition: Supporting disabled students to become job ready.