Cofounding director, Access2Funding
Celia Aris (née Hensman) is a disabled founder and investor, having founded multiple disabled led organisation including the first think tank in the UK dedicated to the development and advancement of policy, ensuring that accessibility is at the heart of legislation and Access2Funding the campaign committed to improve the outcomes and opportunities for disabled entrepreneurs. Celia is a disabled women with multiple disabilities including Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, Marfans, POTS and most significantly she lives with a permanent central line in her chest receiving daily blood infusions and complete artificial nutrition. She is an advocate for disabled representation, inclusion, and accessibility, and has worked with prominent organisations such as LinkedIn, The House of Lords, The United Nations and Councils across The United Kingdom. In addition to this, Celia is also an experienced social entrepreneur, national policy developer, campaigner and senior consultant in diversity and inclusion and has spent a great deal of time working across various sectors including private, public, employment, legal, and policy sectors. Celia has never known her life without her disability and takes pride in her disabled identity, working hard to promote education against systematic ableism, discrimination, inter sectioning identities and archaic stereotypes about the talents, potential, and ability of disabled people.