2015 award winners

The winners of the 2015 Disability-smart Awards were announced on Wednesday 28 October at an event hosted by Nationwide in London. Organised by Business Disability Forum (BDF), the awards are given to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people. 

The awards are given to organisations that exhibit leading practice within the ten criteria of the world-leading Disability Standard. The Disability Standard represents best practice, but also provides information about specific areas to support business in their journey to becoming disability-smart and improve performance for disabled customers, employees and stakeholders.

The judging panel for the awards included leading experts in the area of disability, representatives from BDF's Member and Partner organisations and disabled opinion leaders.

The following organisations and individuals were announced as winners and highly commended in their respective categories:


  • Executive Disability Champion: David Oldfield, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Disability Champion: Neil Milliken, Atos
  • Know-how: HMRC
  • Adjustments: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Recruitment: Sainsbury’s
  • Retention: Barclays
  • Career Development: Civil Service
  • Products and Services, B2B: Nuance
  • Products and Services, B2C: BT
  • Product Development: Sainsbury’s
  • Communication: HSBC
  • Premises: Brent Council
  • ICT: Barclays

Highly Commended:

  • Executive Disability Champion: Janice Henson, de Poel
  • Disability Champion: Ole Black, Office for National Statistics
  • Know-how: Accenture
  • Adjustments: Office for National Statistics
  • Recruitment: EY
  • Retention: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Products and Services, B2B: Microlink
  • Products and Services, B2C: Barclays
  • Product Development: RBS
  • ICT: EE

David Goodchild, Joint Interim CEO at BDF, said: 

"This year's Disability-smart Awards were presented to organisations from a wide range of industries in the private and public sectors, from local councils to retailers and banks. Every business, regardless of size, industry or sector, should strive toward emulating the achievements of this year's award-winning organisations, by demonstrating a commitment toward getting things right for disabled customers, employees and stakeholders."