Liz was Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK (and its legacy charity Radar) from 2007-2017, where she led work for equal participation for all, through programmes on independent living, career opportunities and shifts in cultural attitudes and behaviour.

Liz is a Non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission and a member of the Disability Advisory Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Committee of Healthwatch England and the Social Security Advisory Committee. With a background in mental health and disability rights policy, previous roles include Policy Director of Mind, where she led programmes on social inclusion and women’s and LGB mental health; and Director of Policy and Communications at the Disability Rights Commission, where she led a new ‘Disability Agenda’ and formal investigations (covering rights of people with mental health challenges and/or learning disabilities).

She led an Independent Review into disability employment programmes for Government in 2011 and has published widely on mental health, disability and social participation. She undertook a Harkness Fellowship in the USA resulting in a book (From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen, 2000 – updated in 2016), was awarded an OBE in 2009 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent in 2014.