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Real life: Me, my disability and the workplace


Hosted by Slaughter and May; Central London

All of us need to be managed and supported in the workplace in order that we are able to do our best and fulfill our potential. And, at times, many of us need additional support for whatever reason. However, the support required by an individual with a disability or health condition can be very different to what the majority of employees require, and it can be difficult to envisage what this looks like. We talk about reasonable adjustments but what is reasonable, what types of adjustments should we be providing, how do we source them and how do they work in practice?

For this Breakfast Seminar, we will be joined by a number of individuals who will talk about their own disability or health condition, and how they manage this in the workplace. As well as focusing on the adjustments they have benefited from, they will also talk about how they manage their disability with their manager, colleagues and clients. It will also be an opportunity to learn how different organisations approach support in the workplace and to hear best practice.

Our Breakfast Seminars are designed so that our speakers spend time with the delegates in small groups of 5 or 6 enabling plenty of opportunities to engage in conversations and for delegates to ask the questions that are important to them. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about disabilities and conditions that are currently a mystery to most of us and the session will build your knowledge in order that you have a better understanding of adjustments and considerations in the workplace.


o Disability and student life
Helen Cooke, Director, My Plus Consulting, will start the seminar by sharing some insights she has gained in this area.

o First hand experience
In small groups, individuals will talk about their personal experiences of having a disability and the implications for themselves.

o Discussion
This is the opportunity for delegates to discuss in more depth what they have heard and to consider how individuals can best be supported in the workplace.



Rebecca Crow

Rebecca is a Senior Executive Assistant at Citi.  Rebecca as well as having been Worldwide Cabin Crew for British Airways has over twelve years experience in the Investment Banking world, having worked for Goldman Sachs, UBS, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and now Citi. 

In 2015 shortly after the birth of her first child Rebecca was diagnosed with Post-Natal Depression (PND) and Anxiety.  Following a fight for a diagnosis, including stays in both a mixed mental health assessment unit and then one of the UK’s 24 mother and baby units, Rebecca has gone on to go back to work full time while taking a seat on the Citi DisABILITY committee focusing on mental health awareness, training and charity support.  In 2018 she also returned to university as a part time student and is working towards a BA Hons in Business Management.

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James Gower

James is a Senior Manager, Financial Services Cyber Security at EY and is also EY’s Disability Network Co-Chair. James has supported Financial Services clients on their Cyber Security agenda for the last 8 years and has had experience in Disability Recruitment prior to joining EY.  James has extensive media exposure focusing on Disability, with a publication in The Guardian and recordings on the BBC, Channel4 and YouTube.   James also leads one of EY’s largest chartable partnerships in the UK, whom focus on providing equipment, support and life skills to disabled children.

James has cerebral palsy and is a keen wheelchair tennis player.  Walking with sticks and using a manual wheelchair, James passionately promotes the abilities of disability, and always looks to articulate why a disability positively sets you apart in the workplace.


Matthew Hands

Matthew joined Morgan Stanley as a Technology graduate in August 2016 having successfully completed a year-long Industrial Placement with the firm whilst studying for his degree in Computer Science from the University of York. Matthew has had Right Hemiplegia since birth which makes some tasks such as typing or walking long distances more challenging. Managing the firm’s FX Trading platforms from a technical stand-point, Matthew liaises with traders, clients and developers to ensure that system issues are resolved quickly and efficiently with minimal impact to the firm or its clients; crucially ensuring that repeat issues are avoided.

Since re-joining the firm as a graduate Matthew has taken an active role in graduate recruitment, demonstrating to candidates he meets first-hand how much Morgan Stanley recognises the unique values a diverse workforce can bring to the firm. This is something Matthew is a great advocate of – mentoring newer grads to ensure they get the most out of their new job, regardless of circumstance.


Toqeer Gaffar

Toqeer is an Incident Coordinator in Motability Operations and is also a member of Motability Operations Disability working group.  Toqeer has over 10 years’ experience in service management and has worked for Mars, Unisys and Accenture to name a few.

Toqeer has had a stammer all of his life first coming to become aware of it during primary school.  Having to go through speaking situations with a debilitating stammer was never easy.  Be it with family, friends, academia and the work environment talking soon became a situation to avoid.  After having tried several therapies unsuccessfully it was not until he was 28 years that Toqeer enrolled onto the McGuire Programme.  A speech therapy programme run by people who stammer for people who stammer.  Now a certified coach and course instructor on the McGuire Programme Toqeer is passionate about giving back and helping others to gain control of their speech.

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Harris Stevenson-Robb

Harris is an Associate at Goldman Sachs having joined the Firm as an Analyst in 2016 and has dyslexia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia. Harris is part of Goldman Sachs’ Disability Interest Forum, which works to raise awareness and understanding of the needs, priorities and potential of people with disabilities.

Breakfast Seminars are exclusively for members of the Recruiters’ Club. They are ideal for anyone wishing to build their understanding of different types of disabilities and the impact it can have on the individual in their studies, extra curricular activities and the workplace.

MyPlus Recruiters’ Club Platinum and Gold members are entitled to 2 complimentary places. If space permits additional places may be available to Platinum and Gold members. Alternatively, additional places may be purchased by members at a reduced price of £175 +VAT

Silver members may purchase places at a reduced price of £175 + VAT. Contact to purchase places.