Still from Travers Smith Diversity Video

What can law firms learn about diversity from the world of sport?

Law firm, Travers Smith, have recently launched a diversity and inclusion initiative called “be a game-changer”, which they hope will harness the power of sport to help the company build diverse and collaborative teams and create an inclusive workplace. Chris took part in a though provoking panel discussion that explored several themes around this idea and spoke powerfully of his own […]

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Meeting Tom, the Paralympic Mascot

Leadership lessons: Reflections on Rio

Less than four weeks before the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, there was a real chance the Games would be cancelled: not watered-down, less than it could have been, but literally no Games at all. The reason was a complete lack of interest in the Paralympics by the organising […]

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Lord Holmes and Lottie at side of Exhibition Road as taxi passes

Why did the blind man cross the road?

I have been campaigning for some time against a street design approach known as “shared space” which has, de facto, led to the creation of unsafe environments which discriminate against blind people and negatively impact the vast majority of users. The Department for Transport defines shared space as: “A street or place designed to improve pedestrian […]

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Lord Holmes giving evidence on shared space at the Women and Equalities Select Committee

Chris gives evidence to Commons Select Committee

On Wednesday 7th December from 10.30am Chris gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee. This was a public session in The Thatcher Room, Portculllis House, it was live streamed and is still available to watch on Parliament Live. As part of their current Inquiry into Disability and the Built Environment the Committee has asked: “to what […]

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Chris appointed to Channel 4 Board

Chris is delighted to be appointed as non-executive director at Channel 4. During his time as Director at London 2012 he worked closely with Channel 4 on the paralympic broadcast deal and memorably on the award winning “Meet the Superhumans” Campaign. He has spoken powerfully about the importance of that campaign in delivering one of […]

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An end to unpaid internships?

Chris welcomes reports that the government are looking at ways to end the unfair system of unpaid internships. Internships are often offered to recent graduates as a way of gaining valuable work experience but clearly exclude those unable to work for free. Alec Shelbrooke MP has campaigned on this issue and is set to introduce his […]

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Chris and Councillor Andrew Fender

Talking Buses come to Manchester!

Chris joined transport bosses in Manchester to formally launch new equipment on the city’s free Metroshuttle service. Chris was delighted to support the launch observing  that the improvements are a fantastic way of ensuring the city’s transport network is more accessible. The Department for Transport’s Green Bus Fund and Transport for Greater Manchester funded the 20 Optare low carbon buses […]

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