Simon Minty

Co-Chair

Simon Minty

Simon Minty has delivered training and consultancy in the field of equalities since 1997. Specialising in disability, he has a Post Graduate Diploma in Disability Management at Work. He has personal experience of disability, being of short stature and of limited mobility.

Based in London, Simon works throughout the UK and internationally. Simon’s passion for equality, his innate and learned knowledge of disability, his ability to listen and address the issue in hand combined with an infectious sense of humour has enabled him to successfully work with clients from a small NGO to a multi-national investment bank. This international work has helped Simon develop a broader understanding of different cultural approaches to disability.

He has a creative side, helping improve the portrayal of disabled people on screen and has worked with BBC, Channel 4, Five and Sky Television as well as independent production companies like All3Media, Endemol and Warner Bros. He’s produced numerous videos and co-produced and performed in the sell out Edinburgh Fringe comedy show Abnormally Funny People in 2005, returning again in 2015. He is a host of BBC Ouch podcast and Phil & Simon Show

Simon has a Post Graduate diploma in Disability Management at Work and a BSc (Joint Hons) in Philosophy and Sociology, both from City University in London.

He is an Associate to the Business Disability Forumand Business Disability International. He also helped establish the Disability Media Alliance Projectin California. His ‘evening job’ is a producer of the comedy troupe, Abnormally Funny People, which he co-founded.

A keen traveller, he won the Travel X Travel Writer of the Year 1999 – Best Television Feature for his Channel 4 travel programme in China.

“I first met Stopgap in Tirana in Albania when we were both working there for the British Council. I liked them instantly, individually and as a group. After watching them perform live on Strictly Come Dancing Albania, I found myself discussing dance for the first time. Back in the UK I went to see them and they performed for me, an audience of one. I realised the feeling of admiration and happiness I get when I am with them was a permanent thing. Many years later, in 2018, I was chuffed to be asked to join their board.”