The Shaw Trust Power 100 ‘Britain’s Most Influential Disabled People’ list, has ranked Jane Hatton, Director of the disability jobs board, Evenbreak, at number seven. She founded Evenbreak, an award-winning social enterprise run by and for disabled people, in 2011 after she herself became disabled with a degenerative spinal condition.
After the announcement of the list at The House of Lords, Jane said,
“I feel immensely honoured to be included in the Shaw Trust list. To come in at number seven amongst such esteemed company is amazing, but the main thing about these awards is that it gives me the platform to bang the drum for disabled people who are looking for great jobs and to smash the myths that persist in society and the media that disabled people are often viewed as benefit cheats and scroungers. On the contrary, on average, disabled people are just as productive as non-disabled people - sometimes more so and, we tend to have significantly less time off sick than our non-disabled colleagues. We also bring a diversity of thought - invaluable to businesses.”
Evenbreak works with a wide range of inclusive employers including Unilever, John Lewis Partnership and BP.
Jane is also widely published in this field, including the book "A Dozen Brilliant Reasons to Employ Disabled People". "A Dozen Great Ways to Recruit Disabled People" is due to be published shortly. She is also Patron of the Inclusive Skills Competitions and on the executive board of the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative.