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Liz Sayce OBE



Liz is the Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK, the UK’s leading pan-disability organisation. From 2000 to 2007, Liz was the Director of Policy and Communications for the Disability Rights Commission, where she led on creating a new disability agenda for policies covering areas such as skills, employment, housing, health, social care set to be implemented over the course of the next 20 years. She led an Independent Review into disability employment programmes for the Government in 2011 and has published widely on mental health, disability and social participation, including the book, From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen. Previously, Liz was Director of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Action Zone, Policy Director of Mind for eight years and member of the Government’s Disability Rights Task Force (1997 and 1999). She is a member of the Committee of Healthwatch England, a Trustee of the Equality and Diversity Forum and a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee. Liz has also recently joined the board of the Equality and Diversity Forum. She was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to disabled people, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent in 2014.