Dr Hannah Barham-Brown is a GP Registrar in Yorkshire, a Governor of the Motability Foundation, and former Deputy Leader of the UK Women’s Equality Party – the first visibly disabled Political Party Deputy Leader in UK History.
Alongside her clinical and political work, she travels the world talking about diversity, sexuality, and disability. She is also in regular demand as a columnist for a variety of publications, having written for the Guardian, Mirror, Times Red Box, Metro and Yorkshire Post. Hannah has given two TEDx talks (TEDxNHS and TEDxExeter) on the need for diversity in employment and in the NHS. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and works to support disabled people in politics, employment, travel, health and education. Hannah brings her experiences as a neurodivergent, Queer, wheelchair-using woman to life for audiences with a combination of wit, motivation and her unique way of seeing the world.
Before studying postgraduate medicine, Hannah graduated from Durham University with a BA Hons in Combined Arts (English, with Theology and Arabic), and from Northumbria University with a BSc Hons in Paediatric Nursing. Hannah is a Company Member of UN Women UK, an Ambassador of the UK Design Council, disability charity ‘My AFK’, gynaecological cancer charity ‘The Eve Appeal’, and the ‘Good Grief Trust’, as well as a ‘Role Model’ for the Lightyear Foundation. She regularly works with international, national and local media, (including NBC, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Breakfast and Sky News). Due to her work on closing the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine, diversifying the medical profession, and disability campaigning, Hannah has been named as one of the Health Service Journal’s 100 Most Influential People in Health, as well as named on the Shaw Trust’s 2018, 2019 and 2020 ‘Power Lists’ – making her one of the 100 most Influential Disabled People in the UK. She is currently writing her first book.