James

Lee

Campaigner, advocate, funder at Multiple

Community Advocate

I have spent my entire career working in support of disabled people. I am a disabled person, both my parents are visually impaired and one of my children is Autistic: disability is a huge part of my identity both professionally and personally.

I currently have numerous roles which enable me to fulfil my desire to work for the disabled community. I have worked for a range of grant funders and have the privilege of being able to influence the spending of more than £100m per annum in grants to support communities. I am currently the Head of Total Assets at the City Bridge Trust; formerly the Chair of the London Grants Committee for BBC Children in Need and a current member of their national Impact Committee; have consulted for The National Lottery Community Fund advising on the funding of DDPOs; am a panel member for the Joseph Patrick Trust which provides funding to individuals with muscular dystrophy and am a member of the advisory committee at the GLA which supports the distribution of over £144m in UK Shared Prosperity Funds. I have most recently worked on the establishment of a Disability Justice Fund which will distribute several million pounds over the next three years.

In addition to my work in funding, I also have several roles where I can advocate for the interests of disabled people. I am a member of the London Partnership Board, Chaired by Sadiq Khan. I have advisory roles with Habinteg Housing Association, the UK Cinema Association and Transport for London. I was recently appointed as a Mayor’s Design Advocate, working to improve the built environment across London to create a more inclusive and accessible city. I am also honoured to serve as a trustee for the organisation that helped me take my first steps into the world of work: Muscular Dystrophy UK. I previously worked on the delivery of the inaugural Parallel London (latterly Parallel Windsor) and that event, which drew ten thousand people to the Olympic Park in a celebration of diversity and inclusion, remains one of the highlights of my career.

“I am honoured to be included in this list and hope I can encourage others to think about nominating: disability is just one aspect of our identity and I’d love to see more people of colour appearing on this list!”

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