Head of Marketing
Digital, Media and Publishing
Carrie-Ann Lightley is Head of Marketing at AccessAble, the UK’s leading provider of detailed disabled access information. She’s also one of the UK’s leading accessible travel bloggers.
Through her blog www.CarrieAnnLightley.com she aims to encourage and inspire disabled people to travel, explore and discover new places. She started blogging in 2010, and has written accommodation reviews, city guides, collections of expert travel tips and personal posts about her life and work.
Carrie-Ann has responsibility for the management and development of the AccessAble brand. This includes the creation of inspirational, SEO relevant content and developing collaborative partnerships to increase the reach of its service. In addition, Carrie-Ann has established the highly successful AccessAble Champions influencer network.
Carrie-Ann has written for The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Sun and TripAdvisor, as well as other websites, magazines and industry publications. She has taken part in films for ITV News to highlight the importance of accessible train travel and the BBC’s Rip off Britain, to showcase accessible adventure holidays.
She’s a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People, England’s Inclusive Tourism Action Group and Manchester Airport’s Accessibility Forum.
It’s so important for society to see disabled people living full and joyful lives. When I was younger, I had no disabled role models, no examples of anyone who looked like me succeeding in life. It took me a long time to fully embrace my identity as a disabled person, and in some ways I’m still on that journey.
I’m incredibly proud to be listed in the Power 100 for the third consecutive year, which gives me a platform to share my career progression, and the opportunity to empower the next generation of disabled people.