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Speaker Sessions line-up

Live on stage at The NEC, Birmingham

With sessions happening across both days - head to the Speaker Sessions stage to hear from the experts. You can find the full line-up below.

Helen Dolpin at The Big Event Birmingham
Adaptation speaker session
Discoving adaptations speaker session
All about cars speaker session

Discover the latest cars news

10:00am to 10:30am
  • James Horne
    Dealer Partner Relationship Manager, Motability Operations

Back by popular demand – this is a session not to be missed – James Horne, who has worked with our network of 4,500 dealer partners for the last 11 years, will talk to you about everything cars and dealers. Discussing the current trends in vehicle supply, what’s new on the Motability Scheme as well as how EVS and new car technology is transforming our driving experiences. James will also share what to consider when visiting a dealership.

Electric vehicle myth busting

11:00am to 11:30am
  • Sam Wickenden
    Sam Wickenden
    Manufacturer Relations Account Manager, Motability Operations
  • Russ Morgan
    Russ Morgan
    Director of Customer Experience, Ohme

There are many things to consider before moving to an electric vehicle. Join Sam as he shares his knowledge on electric vehicles, dispels a few myths and helps you to decide if electric vehicle is right for you.
Our home charging partner Ohme will then showcase the features and benefits of their charging unit (included at no extra cost, or customers leasing their first pure battery electric vehicle) – covering everything from installation to customer support.

Mark Ormrod – No limits

1:00pm to 1:50pm
  • Mark Ormrod
    MBE & former Royal Marine, Invictus Games athlete, author and motivational speaker,

Helen Dolphin will be interviewing Mark to learn more about his inspirational journey from being the UK’s first triple amputee from the Afghanistan conflict to becoming Britain’s most successful ever Invictus Games athlete. She’ll ask about how it felt to win BBC South-West’s Sports Personality of the Year, being awarded an MBE and winning Pride of Britain’s Fundraiser of the Year in 2021. In this session we’ll discover more about Mark’s achievements and what inspires him, as well as what he does when he does decide to relax.

Is a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) right for you?

2:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Graham Lloyd
    WAV and Adaptations Account Manager, Motability Operations

In this session Graham will introduce WAVs, including electric WAVs and an overview of the different solutions available for travelling in your wheelchair.  If you’re considering a WAV for the first time, this talk will help you make the right choice for your needs. There’ll be advice on where to get started, things to consider, the importance of research and how to get the most out of your home demonstrations. 

Graham Lloyd has worked at Motability Operations for 4 years having previously spent 19 years working in the industry with both WAV and adaptation suppliers, as well as Motability Scheme customers.  He has built up extensive knowledge of adaptation and WAV solutions, ensuring our specialised mobility products best meet customer needs.

Motability’s grant making: An introduction

3:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Lisa Jones
    Director of Charitable Operations, Motability, the Charity

Lisa will give an overview of Motability, the Charity’s grant making with a focus on the Scheme-Related Grants programme. This includes grants for car and vehicle adaptations, for WAVs, for Complex Driving Solutions and for Bespoke Passenger Solutions. Applications for financial help towards a Scheme vehicle have reached record numbers recently with more grants being awarded than ever before. Lisa will address the challenging context in which the charity is operating and will share strategies that have enabled the charity to continue supporting as many disabled people as possible despite this. She will walk through the charity’s application process and will showcase some of the inspiring cases that have been grant funded.

Electric Vehicles – the future for us all

10:00am to 10:30am
  • Jon Jenkins
    Head of Innovation, Motability Operations
  • Catherine Marris
    Head of Innovation, Motability, the Charity

This is a unique opportunity to hear from the Heads of Innovation at Motability Operations and Motability, the Charity, who’ll be sharing their innovative work to support the transition to EVs for all disabled people.  Discover how they’re harnessing the knowledge and expertise of different partners and local authorities to find new and creative solutions to ensure EVs become accessible for all.  Plus find out more about the new national accessibility standard for public charging, ensuring no one gets left behind in the transition to electric.

British Wheelchair Basketball – Inspiring a generation

11:00am to 11:30am
  • Justine Baynes
    Chief Executive Officer, British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB)
  • Lee Manning
    Senior GB Team Player, British Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced and fast-growing sport that allows non-disabled and disabled people to compete together in its domestic leagues and competitions.

This session offers the chance to meet Lee Manning, who made history at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning bronze with Team England in the first ever appearance of wheelchair basketball in a Commonwealth Games. He’ll be sharing the inside story of what it takes to represent your country internationally.

A busy summer lies ahead for the GB Men and Women’s wheelchair basketball teams with both squads travelling to Dubai in June for the 2023 World Championships – where the men’s squad will be looking to defend their World Championship title.  Both teams will then head to Rotterdam for the 2023 European Championships. A critical competition that decides the Paralympic qualification for Paris 2024.    

In this session Lee and Justine, will share insight into what it takes to prepare the GB Wheelchair Basketball teams for these back-to-back international competition, and the legacy of the squads’ international success on the sport in the UK.

They’ll also talk about the sports ambitions to ensure more people can access the sport, and how the ‘Inspire a generation’ programme is helping more people to play and participate in wheelchair basketball.  

We hope you’ll be inspired to give the sport a go at one of the many community clubs across the country or if you’re at the NEC, why not take the opportunity to shoot some hoops at a dedicated basketball zone at the event.

As seen on Dragons’ Den – A life changing piece of equipment

11:30am to 12:00pm
  • Matthew Walker
    Representative, Adapt Ability
  • Cristian Brownlee
    Representative, Adapt Ability

You may have seen Matthew and Cristian on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den recently. The people behind Adapt Ability who have helped bring Omeo to the UK. Omeo is the world’s only hands-free mobility device. Steered by the user shifting their bodyweight, Omeo can tackle a wide range of terrains too, from muddy paths to sandy beaches.

Following their successful appearance on Dragons’ Den earlier this year, Matthew and Cristian will be joining us in the new Innovation Zone at The Big Event, and taking to the Speaker Sessions stage to talk all about the future of mobility technology, and his experience with Omeo… and the Dragons.

Electric vehicle myth busting

1:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Sam Wickenden
    Sam Wickenden
    Manufacturer Relations Account Manager, Motability Operations
  • Connor Henderson
    UK Key Partners & Accounts Manager, Easee

There are many things to consider before moving to an electric vehicle. Join Sam from Motability Operations Ltd as he shares his knowledge of electric vehicles and things to think about when deciding if an electric vehicle is right for you.

Connor from our new home charging partner Easee will then showcase the features and benefits of their charging unit (included at no extra cost, or customers leasing their first pure battery electric vehicle) – covering everything from installation to customer support. 

Adaptations to help you

2:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Dale Groves
    WAV and Adaptations Account Manager, Motability Operations

Currently around 10% of customers benefit from adaptations to help make driving or travelling easier or more comfortable. But could adaptations transform the driving experience for many more people?

Find out more from Dale, who has worked at Motability Operations for 4 years having previously spent 8 years at RAC. He has many years of experience working within the automotive industry, giving him great insight into the real day-to-day experiences of Scheme customers with their WAV or adaptations.

Euan’s Guide launches biggest ever access survey results

3:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Antonia Lee-Bapty
    Managing Director, Euan’s Guide

Join Helen Dolphin as she chats to Antonia from Euan’s Guide, the award-winning disabled access charity, best known for, the disabled access review website and the UK’s largest Access Survey. Helen will be asking Antonia about the latest survey results (which over 7000 disabled people took part in), including how the survey highlights the impact of the cost-of-living crisis. They’ll also share how you can take part in this year’s survey, launching in the autumn.

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