The Team

Meet The Celebrating Disability Team

Esi Hardy

I'm Esi and the Managing Director and owner of Celebrating Disability. I have been working in and around the field of disability equality since 2004. I started as a trainer in an organisation called Disability Awareness UK. Since then, my training and advisory roles have led me to work with local authorities, schools, colleges and organisations.

Thanks to my background as an actress, I have also worked with theatre companies and ran drama workshops around similar themes. All of which ensures that my workshops are interactive, informative and most importantly, fun.

Lastly, I am a physically disabled person myself. Having lived experience of disability from both sides of the profession; i.e, receiving support and advising on the delivery of support, gives me a somewhat unique perspective.

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Esi Hardy - Managing Director

Strategic Partnerships With Associates

Disability equality and inclusion is never as easy as a “one size fits all” and nor should it be, because disabled people are unique and diverse.

Working strategically with associates ensures that every client we work with have their specific business needs met. That way our clients can ensure they meet the needs of every disabled employee and customer they interact with.

Ross Hamilton Smith

Ross Smith is the founder of RHS Consultancy. With almost two decades of experience assisting organisations in changing the way they serve those living with disabilities, Ross is passionate about promoting independence and life progression for people living with impairments.

In addition to advising numerous organisations, Ross has personally worked with countless disabled and impaired people and their families, providing transitional services, individualized budget planning and employment assistance.

Ross is a skilled and experienced disability consultant who sees a better world for people living with all types of impairments.

Ross and Esi have worked together on a number of different projects including one funded by DoE ‘Together for Disabled Children’, that sought to improve transition support for teenagers who were on that journey.

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Ross Hamilton Smith - Associate

Teresa Gandy

Customer Experience is Teresa’s passion and expertise, she ensures that clients know the elements that need to be in place to delight their customers and teams are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the experience their company delivers.

She works with clients to utilise their great experience to increase word of mouth referrals, generate marketing and social media content, retain and up sell and create a brand that differentiates themselves from the competition through trusted experience.

Working with Esi we focus on the experience of disabled customers, what will make them return, continue to buy and recommend you, how to ensure a guaranteed great experience that exceeds their expectations.

Having previously created and managed the deployment of a global Employee Experience strategy over 21 countries for a large Blue Chip organisation, Teresa brings a wealth of knowledge in both customer and employee focussed solutions.

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Teresa Gandy - Associate

Ryan Compton

Ryan is the Director of Centre for Resolution as well as a qualified and experienced coach, mentor and mediator. Ryan also provides disability services for individuals and organisations including disability awareness training, coaching for employees who have disabilities, consultancy and dispute resolution.

Ryan is also the co-founder of the Disability Mediation Standards Committee, where he plays an instrumental role in ensuring mediation practices are inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.

Between the ages of 6-28 Ryan had between 100-150 operations due to Glaucoma. He was registered blind at the age of 21. Ryan utilises his professional expertise in the world of equality, diversity and inclusion as well as lived experience in disability to support organisations in finding effective solutions for their employees and customers who have disabilities. Ryan is very passionate about supporting and empowering disabled people, and making sure their voices are heard.

He has also been a Samaritan since 2010, as an active listener, where he speaks with hundreds of people with a range of disabilities including mental health.

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Ryan Compton - Associate

Sarah Burrell

Sarah is a dynamic enthusiastic professional in the field of inclusion and diversity actively seeking opportunities to train and consult with organisations perusing positive change. She offers bespoke training on a variety of topics all designed to create a more inclusive workplace culture including: Unconscious Bias, Disability Confidence, Best Practice Training, Inclusion 101, and Enabling Social Mobility.

Sarah likes to open the forum away from judgement to enable honesty and intrigue. In consultancy, she focusses on strategy, aiming to promote diversity as a business case in itself. Like any change process it requires by-in from all parties, accountability, monitoring, upkeep and development. It is a live process and it is always evolving.

Sarah has worked with high profile clients including: BBC, DIFID, CIHT and TFL. She is a diligent networker & takes care with relationship management; including high profile figures like Lord Chris Holmes, Deputy Mayors: Val Shawcross & Matthew Ryder.

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Sarah Burrell - Associate

Joanne Lockwood

Transgender Awareness and Inclusion Specialist

Joanne Lockwood is the founder and CEO of SEE Change Happen, an Equality Diversity & Inclusion Practice specialising in providing Transgender Awareness and support to organisations and businesses all over the UK.

Joanne is the first openly transgender past National President of the 90-year-old ‘Men’s Club’, The Round Table. In 2016 she embarked on her personal rebrand, selling her successful IT services businesses that she had built up over 25 years and transitioned.

Through these experiences and others, she delivers keynote, seminars and workshops to promote and support Transgender Individuals and break down many of the myths, misunderstandings, and most importantly the fear of “getting it wrong”.

Here mantra is Smile, Engage and Educate and she passionately believes that “people are people” and, no matter who they are, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

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Joanne Lockwood - Associate
I first met Esi at a personalisation workshop, Esi really engages her audience, she talks from a personal perspective, gently challenging your perceptions. She is an excellent presenter and holds the attention of her audience. I would definitely recommend her.
Pam Hall - Head of Operations - MacinTyre

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