We have a variety of speakers, many of whom epitomise our theme this year, and we will hear how they as an individual or the organisation they represent have overcome disability and proven that “Disability is not a Barrier” Some of the speakers are :-



Jock Hutchison, CEO Horseback UK

Jock’s passion for horses has been from an early age he has used his passion of horsemanship to help fellow Royal Marine Commandoes with severe injuries both physically and mentally overcome these issues by working with horses. More recently Horseback UK have set up community projects which support young adults with addiction and who have mental health issues.  Jock co founded and set up the charity with his wife Emma, herself an accomplished horsewoman.



Michael Kear

Michael Kear is a Visually Impaired Alpine Skier who also suffers from epilepsy. The former Royal Blind School pupil has achieved a remarkable amount over the past two years. Michael has recorded a 1st place finish in January at the International Paralympic [IPC] Alpine Sking Sialom Race aswell as achieving x3 silver medal Europa Medals. Michael is aiming to be part of the 2022 Winter Paralympic Team [if he does not make South Korea first in 2018!]



Major Nicola Wetherill Major Nicola Wetherill

Major Nicola Wetherill was a member of the first team of women, from any nation, to complete the formidable challenge of crossing Antarctica. The Ice Maiden team covered over 1,000 miles using muscle-power alone, pulling sledges and battling temperatures of -50°C and wind speeds of over 60mph during their two-month journey.




Andy Lowndes

... is the Music Detective. Andy is one of the founders of Playlist for Life. Andy helps people with dementia and their families track down the music that then forms the soundtrack to their lives.



Martin McElhatton, Chief Executive, Wheelpower.

After a spinal cord injury and rehabilitation at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Martin has represented Great Britain at wheelchair basketball including the 1984 Paralympic Games.

Martin has dedicated his career to transforming the lives of disabled children and adults with WheelPower’s mission to provide and promote wheelchair sport.

For his achievements on a national level Martin was honored with carrying the Torch in the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay.