Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2016
RNIB Fellowship supported by the Royal National Institute of Blind People
Steph Cutler has a commercial background and has travelled internationally while working in the highly competitive fashion industry. She has worked in designing, marketing, buying and sales for a range of companies including the suppliers to Marks and Spencer.
In 2003 she experienced unexpected sight loss. As a result, she set up Making Lemonade, which supports disabled people to achieve their goals and potential, and increases awareness of accessibility and inclusion.
Steph collaborates with a number of organisations who share her vision of giving confidence, skills and motivation to aspiring and practicing disabled leaders. She has co-designed and co-delivered several leadership programmes which capture and maximize talented disabled people’s leadership abilities. They empower delegates to live the life they choose to contribute to their communities and the labour market and both directly and indirectly contribute to creating an inclusive and equal society.
She regularly delivers disability equality training to organisations within the social sector. An innovative entrepreneur, she has won national acclaim for her approach and commitment to disability equality as an equality trainer, coach, professional speaker and role model for other disabled people.
She is a trustee with Action for Blind People. In addition she sits on a number of national committees designed to embed user-led models into service delivery and organisational development.
Personal website/ blog: www.making-lemonade.co.uk
Current principal role: Disability Awareness and Personal Development Trainer and Coach
Current principal organisation: Making Lemonade
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: Action for Blind People (RNIB Group)