I am currently working on a Doctorate in the Representations of Disability in the British Press. My research promotes equality, choice and inclusion for disabled people. I have extensive knowledge of social model of disability to which I advocate. Previously, I have been an NHS Governor and I am also a trustee of a charity for Children Bringing Change. I have employed Personal Assistants through direct payments since 2001; this has given me experience and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an employer, as well as the importance of a person centered approach to independent living.