CEO of Patchwork Hub
Beth Kume-Holland is a consultant, speaker and advisor working to create a more inclusive world of work. She is the founder and CEO of Patchwork Hub, a social enterprise and talent platform connecting those facing barriers within the conventional way of working with inclusive employers through their jobs board, recruitment programmes, training and consultancy.
Patchwork Hub works with companies and partners of every size and at any point in their understanding of disability inclusion, from FTSE 100 companies and Disability Confident Leaders to companies just starting out on their disability inclusion journeys, to collaborations with charities such as The Prince’s Trust, and many more.
Beth started Patchwork Hub while a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University. Her disappointing experience as a disabled graduate led to greater involvement in disability advocacy work. From both her own lived experience and listening to the experiences of others, she realised how many millions were excluded from employment because of needless barriers in the way we work.
Beth has since become an internationally recognised champion and changemaker for disability inclusion, inclusive leadership and accessibility in business. She has worked with business leaders, policymakers and changemakers globally to push for change on issues around work and disability.
Patchwork Hub’s work has been recognised through a range of awards such as Business Disability Forum’s Highly Commended SME award, while Beth herself has achieved recognition through prizes such as Innovate UK’s Young Innovator Award.
Living with complex and chronic health conditions including fibromyalgia, Beth graduated Oxford University with First Class Honours, Harvard University and has previously been employed as a pre-doctoral research fellow at Oxford University, as an analyst at Citi and as audience and market insights lead of a national disability charity.
“In many ways, during the pandemic it was frustrating to see society so quickly make the accommodations that disabled people had been demanding for decades. But now the world of work has changed, and we are met with a moment of opportunity that can’t be wasted. It’s time to mainstream disability inclusion and accessibility as the business opportunity that it is.”