Meet the PurpleSpace Team

Gavin Bounds

Gavin Bounds, Chair of PurpleSpace

Gavin is an International business leader whose career spans 30 years working across over 50 countries in a number of roles including COO and CEO.

He has worked in Public, Commercial and Defence sectors across EMEIA, the Americas, Africa and Asia leading organisations through significant periods of development, growth and change.  Latterly working for Fujitsu as COO of it's multi £bn EMEIA and Americas regions, he led countries, businesses and complex transformations ultimately ensuring great outcomes for clients, colleagues and Fujitsu.  Prior to Fujitsu he worked a further 9 years in the Tech sector and 13 years in Aviation and Defence.

He is Chair of The Prince of Wales' responsible business network Business in the Community (BITC) Global Goals Committee.  Gavin pioneered 'Responsible Business' inside Fujitsu EMEIA and Americas, creating and embedding its strategy, framework and practices have since been replicated throughout Fujitsu globally.  He established employee networks including Gender, Disability, BAME, LBGT+ and Chaired Fujitsu's D&I Council, RB Committee and was Executive Sponsor to it's Disability Network since it began.  He was also Awarded London Ambassador to HRH Prince of Wales in 2015 and was named in the prestigious 2019 HERoes list as a gender champion.

Gavin is bringing his commercial expertise to help grow the #PurpleLightUp movement, driving forward its influence worldwide to ensure the economic empowerment of disabled people through the celebration of 3rd December (United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities). 

Kay Allen OBE

Kay Allen OBE, Strategic Advisor to PurpleSpace

Kay is a business coach with over 25 years experience operating at board level in an executive and non-executive capacity within large complex organisations. 

A commercially focused leader, with excellent communication, influencing and change management skills; she has significant experience in leading transformational change that has delivered improved performance and results. Kay was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to Equality.

Kay will be using her expertise to help the #PurpleLightUp movement to lead transformational change on inclusion for disabled people across the world.

Kate Nash OBE

Kate Nash OBE, CEO and Creator of PurpleSpace

Kate is the world's leading authority in 'Networkology' - the science behind the growth of workplace networks and resource groups. Most known for her work with disability networks, she set up an independent hub of best practice in the establishment of Disabled Employee Networks publishing the first best practice guide in 2009, with a Ministerial launch.

In April 2014 her book 'Secrets & Big News' was published tackling the issue of 'disclosure' of disability and what employers can do to help people be themselves at work. 2,511 disabled employees from 55 employers took part in the research, sponsored by BT, Fujitsu, Metropolitan Police Service, Post Office and PWC.

Kate launched PurpleSpace in October 2015 as the world's first professional development hub for disabled employee networks bringing together the 850,000 disabled employees from across employee networks.

In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people. In 2013 she was appointed Ambassador to Disability Rights UK.

At PurpleSpace you are most likely to find Kate inspiring Disability Employee Networks and Resource Groups and connecting and firing up a growing community of purple change agents across all sectors and industries.

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Brendan Roach, Director of Strategy and Networkology

Brendan Roach, Director of Strategy and Networkology

Brendan is a globally respected leader in the field of disability inclusion in business.

On a mission to create impact at scale, Brendan ensures that we help disability ERGs/Networks to drive cultural change by developing our Networkology life-cycle approach to resource group development and cascading that know-how to every corner of the globe. He leads PurpleSpace’s strategy to remain and grow the world’s only network of disability employee networks and resource groups through the delivery of high-quality Learning & Development.

With 15 years’ experience supporting organisations and government in the UK and internationally to improve disability confidence, Brendan is passionate about disability inclusion in business and on a mission to create impact at scale. Prior to joining PurpleSpace, Brendan developed and led Business Disability Forum’s global strategy where he supported governments, global businesses and national business and disability networks around the globe to build a better working world for people with disabilities.

Naturally curious and a born collaborator, Brendan loves connecting people and ideas. This means you’re most likely to find him listening and working with our members and partners.

A Dyslexic thinker with a gift for connecting people and ideas, Brendan loves working with others to make things happen.

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Angie Elrick, Membership Engagement Manager

Angie Elrick, Membership Engagement Manager

Angie is your go to person - she's all about bringing our PurpleSpace magic to your organisation.

For the past twelve years, Angie has worked in the Not For Profit sector where she implemented global membership campaigns and cultivated and managed relationships with leading institutions. Connecting people, refining processes and tailoring solutions is what she does best and she does it with enthusiasm and experience.

Predominantly focused on membership, Angie has also headed up Policy & Regulation, Communications and Training departments for organisations which include a trade association representing alternative investments and a charity championing parental participation in education. This has given her a unique understanding of the synergies involved in the membership journey and how best to meet and anticipate the needs of various stakeholders. Angie combines her expertise with a sense of humour, efficiency and high-delivery standards and PurpleSpace's members are well-served by her dedication to ensure that they are receiving all that their membership has to offer.

Angie is very passionate about inspiring people to be the best versions of themselves and is committed to helping your organisation provide the best possible working experience for your employees. She is looking forward to supporting you every step of the way from joining to becoming a leader in the PurpleSpace community.

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Lauren Pemberton-Nelson, Marketing and Communications Officer

Lauren Pemberton-Nelson, Marketing and Communications Officer

Lauren is all about shedding light on important work and journeys. 

With a background in politics, Lauren's focus is all about driving change and making a difference to underrepresented groups through the creative power of words. She has previously worked in membership based organisations to communicate the inspiring work of members, and enjoys working with people to make a real difference to inclusivity. 

Lauren joined PurpleSpace in February 2020 to promote the exciting and inspiring work of PurpleSpace and its members in a captivating manner. Lauren is increasing PurpleSpace's video content and continuing to deliver strong social media and blog pieces to tell the brilliant story of PurpleSpace and its community. Working with members to convey their exciting stories and journeys, and sharing and engaging others with the PurpleSpace story outside the organisation is a large part of Lauren's role. 

Lauren loves hearing the dedicated work of PurpleSpace members - if you are a PurpleSpace member interested in being featured in our communications, do get in touch with Lauren.

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Our Ambassadors

David Caldwell

David Caldwell

David is a Digital Accessibility Manager at Barclays and previously the COO for the Reach Network, Barclays diversity network for the disability and mental health agendas. Whilst in this role David led on the delivery of the 'This is me' campaign - an award winning campaign focused on breaking the culture silence and stigma of mental health in the workplace which has now been rolled out across other organisations through the Lord Mayor of London's 'This is me in the City' campaign.

David is a Founding Ambassador appointed in 2015.

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Andy Garrett

Andy Garrett

Andy is currently working at GSK leading a global project developing a one stop shop service helping employees to secure the workplace adjustments they need to be successful in their roles/careers.

In 2015 Andy retired from a career spanning 30 years in the Met Police, latterly specialising in training & development, diversity & inclusion, disability networks (founder/leader) and workplace adjustments. Andy is an ambassador for PurpleSpace and is leading a working group on vision impairment confidence at work. Andy is a passionate advocate of disability networks and building the disability confidence of individuals, networks and leaders.

Andy is a Founding Ambassador appointed in 2015.

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Andy Kneen

Andy Kneen

Andy is an HR Manager Shell`s Trading and Supply business and in 2005 he joined Shell's UK enABLE Network where he lead the ground breaking Be Yourself campaign. Andy sees himself an agent for change and an influencer and used his own experience of disability plus the fact he work for HR to lobby and influence and to get support and leader commitment on the disability agenda.

Andy was appointed a PurpleSpace Ambassador in 2018.

Greg Swaysland

Greg Swaysland

Following 16 years of service with the Royal Navy, Greg joined Bouygues Energies and Services in 2015 as a Project Manager. Additionally Greg took on the role of Co-Chair of Bouygues Disability Network where he worked to promote disability confidence both within and external to the company. From September 2019, Greg will be moving on from Bouygues to focus on his academic studies and his PhD.

Greg advocates the sharing of personal experiences and stories where self-reflection and learning lessons reveal themes that others can relate and resonate with. Greg sees himself promoting academic research in the areas of disability, employment and careers, drawing upon real-life experiences and providing support for the UK government's pledge of having 1 million more disabled people in employment by 2027.

Greg was appointed a PurpleSpace Ambassador in 2018.

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Jamie Mills

Jamie Mills

Jamie joined the police from college in 2004 and has worked in a variety of policing areas including; front-line policing, delivery of improvement programs for stop and search and work on national digital policing policy on secondment to the Home Office.

Since 2013, following bowel surgery, Jamie has performed voluntary roles as Essex Police Federation branch board Equality lead and now leads the Essex police Disability network.

Through his positions within staff support networks, Jamie has consulted and advised at Chief Officer and Executive level and has acted in an advisory capacity at the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales,consulting on Police Regulations affecting disabled officers and staff.

Alongside his policing role, Jamie now also performs the role of the Chairperson of the Essex police Disability and Carers network, a staff support network of over 200 members.

As well as being appointed a PurpleSpace Ambassador in 2018, Jamie is particularly proud of reaching the rank off Inspector in Essex police in the same year, overcoming a number of disability related workplace and personal challenges.

Jamie was appointed a PurpleSpace Ambassador in 2018.

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Tulsi Patel

Tulsi Patel

Tulsi joined Nationwide Building Society in 2014 after graduating from University College London. She spent 3 years delivering technical change programmes – working her way up to project manager before moving into the company’s Culture and Inclusion team in September 2018. Alongside focusing on her career progression, Tulsi has also led Nationwide's disability network (Enable) since 2016. Her passion comes from caring for relatives with disabilities and long-term illnesses, as well as her own experience of mental health challenges.

A network reborn, she's grown the network from 50 members to over 450 by changing how we talk about, and approach, disability and mental health in the workplace. She’s gained the support of the Executive Board and hundreds across her organisation who support her vision in creating an inclusive, engaging and powerful disability network.

Tulsi was appointed a PurpleSpace Ambassador in 2018.

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Paul Willgoss MBE

Paul Willgoss MBE

Paul has helped lead, develop and support Disabled Staff Networks for the last 20 years. His belief in people's innate willingness to want to do the right thing, combined with an analytical approach to identifying which of the right things to do first has led his networks, and himself, to be nominated for and win national awards.

Understanding the business imperative; be that in the private, public or third sector and how removing barriers to disabled employees can support organisations to deliver these is critical to Paul's thinking on how networks should engage with their organisations.

He is a career civil servant, working in both scientific and corporate roles, and has enjoyed the active support of the Health and Safety Executive in his disability roles. These have included setting up and being the first Chair of the Civil Service Disability Network, sitting on a number of working groups trying to tackle specific issues and closer to home the continual development of Equal HSE's network.

Outside of work, Paul and his partner are committed Cosplayers, AFOLs (adult fans of Lego) and recreational endurance athletes. Paul also support the development of NHS services for himself and others with his impairment.

Paul was appointed a PurpleSpace Ambassador in 2019.

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Ally joined GCHQ over 10 years ago and has been involved with the Disabled Employee Network (DEN) for over 5 years, first of all as a Hearing Impaired rep delivering awareness events to help educate the workforce on adjustments and changes to help hearing impaired colleagues. Ally has also worked as an innovation lead on a variety of technical/cultural workplace adjustments and change programmes to make GCHQ a more Disability Confident department. Ally’s latest project within the DEN is helping pull together a Purple Alliance uniting disability networks from within the intelligence community.

Work that Ally has led on has included: leading GCHQ’s purple light up in December 2017 and using this to spur on the establishment of an internal Purple Allies network. Ally was instrumental in establishing an internal disability awareness offering for managers which uses storytelling and personal experiences to drive home the importance of inclusion and representation of the disabled community. Ally also took a leading role in driving to fruition a disability development programme for staff across the intelligence agencies.

Ally was appointed a PurpleSpace Ambassador in 2019.

Our technical team

Robert Wemyss

Robert Wemyss

Is a leading expert on accessibility and consultant and developer for the PurpleSpace platform.

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David Hallett

David Hallett

Is a business process expert, CEO of UmbrellaDev, and chief architect of the PurpleSpace platform.

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