Shaw Trust Power 100

It’s a real honour to have been named in the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List for 2018.  I met some truly inspiring people at the launch celebration and feel humbled for being recognised for simply doing a job that I love!

The full Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List can be found on


Here’s a write up from the University’s web page:

The Disability Power 100 List is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. More than 700 nominations were received for the 100 places. The Disability Power 100 List is compiled by an independent judging panel, chaired by Kate Nash OBE. Kate is the world’s leading authority in ‘Networkology’ – the science behind the growth of workplace networks and resource groups. In 2007, she was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people. In 2013, she was appointed Ambassador to Disability Rights UK.

Richard Cartwright is an award-winning lecturer at Southampton Business School and a Chartered Accountant who serves as a Council Member for the Institute of Chartered Accounting in England and Wales (ICAEW). Richard started his early career at professional services firm KPMG. Two weeks into his graduate training career, he broke his neck in an accident, which resulted in life-changing injuries. After nine months in hospital, he returned to work part-time before restarting his graduate training programme a year later. His big break came in 2011 when he was seconded to the company’s Department of Professional Practice to run training courses. Richard said: “I loved it; for the first time I felt I could do my job as well as (or better than) my colleagues.”

Having found his true vocation and wanting to teach full-time, Richard left KPMG and moved into Higher Education, joined Solent University as a Senior Accounting Lecturer in 2012. Whilst there, he also helped found Team Solent Sharks Wheelchair Rugby Club. In 2015, Richard joined the University of Southampton’s Business School. A passionate advocate for volunteering, Richard espouses the benefits of putting your hand up and helping out: “It has led to some weird and wonderful opportunities from helping people to play a sport, to helping shape government policy in education.”

Volunteering has also helped his career flourish with his extra-curricular activities being a significant contributor to his successful promotion in 2018, making him one of the youngest lecturers of his seniority in the UK.

Richard said, “It’s an absolute honour to have made The Shaw Trust Power List. It was a great evening meeting some truly fantastic people!”

Nick Bell, Interim Chief Executive of Shaw Trust – a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally, said:

“Congratulations to Richard Cartwright. The judges were beyond impressed by the standard of nominations but selected the most influential people who are proving that disability or impairment is not a barrier to success. One of our aims for the Disability Power 100 List is to demonstrate to young people that they can achieve their ambitions. At Shaw Trust, we work with government, local authorities and employers to support people overcome barriers which hold them back from achieving their potential.”

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