The Chair of a new group which will engage with the business community on disability employment has been announced as Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary and Corporate Services Director of Sainsbury’s.
The Disability Confident Business Leaders Group, announced as part of the Work and Health Green Paper earlier this year, will comprise leading figures in the business community who will work with the government on its aspiration to halve the disability employment gap.
Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt, said:
Sainsbury’s has a proud record of employing and supporting disabled people and I know Tim Fallowfield will bring that same commitment to this new role.
We are committed to halving the disability employment gap, but we cannot do this alone. The support of senior, widely respected business leaders is essential in demonstrating to employers the many business benefits that can come from recruiting, retaining and supporting disabled people to thrive in work.
Tim Fallowfield, who is also Sainsbury’s Board Sponsor for Disability and Carers, said:
Providing employment opportunities for disabled people is an important part of Sainsbury’s vision to be the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop. I am delighted to have been asked to take on this role, which will enable senior business leaders to support the government in making this initiative a great success.
All employers should have access to the necessary support to help them feel confident in employing people with a disability. It is my ambition that through the work of this group, more employers will feel able to provide opportunities for people with a disability, helping them to realise their full potential for the benefit of their organisations.
Over the next few weeks the rest of the group will be appointed, made up of senior business figures who are committed to ensuring that companies do not miss out on the talent and insight of disabled people. The government wants to ensure the group has access to different sectors, sizes of employers and regions, to increase engagement on these issues across the business community.
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