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Speaker Sessions line-up

Live on stage at The NEC, Birmingham

We're excited to announce our speaker schedule for 2024 which aims to bring fresh news, insights, and real-life stories from Motability Scheme customers to everyone attending the NEC Birmingham. Our 2024 speaker line up will do just that.

We have great selection of talks lined up over the two days, here's some of our special guests.....

You can find the full line-up below.

<b>Steve Brown</b><br>BBC TV presenter<br>Escape to the Country<br>
Steve Brown
BBC TV presenter
Escape to the Country
<b>Lucy Edwards</b><br>Blind broadcaster and disability activist
Lucy Edwards
Blind broadcaster and disability activist
<b>Will Bayley MBE PLY</b><br>Paralympic table tennis champion - ranked No. 1
Will Bayley MBE PLY
Paralympic table tennis champion - ranked No. 1
<b>Mark Ormrod MBE</b><br>Former Royal Marine and Invictus Games athlete
Mark Ormrod MBE
Former Royal Marine and Invictus Games athlete

The Car Revolution: How innovation and technology are transforming the way we move

10:00am to 10:25am
  • Matt Lizzimore
    Drive Editor, Lifestyle
  • Steve Huntingford
    Editor, WhatCar?

What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford and Lifestyle Drive Editor Matt Lizzimore talk automotive innovation. They’ll discuss the latest car technologies that are making a difference now, and offer some insight into what we’ll see in the near future.

‘Blind Not Broken’

10:30am to 10:55am
  • Lucy Edwards
    Blind Broadcaster, Motability Scheme Customer

Join Lucy as she shares her journey from sight loss to becoming a thriving business woman told in her debut book ‘Blind Not Broken’.

Losing her full eye sight at 17 and with no one to look up to inspired Lucy to make it her mission to share her experiences with the world. Through her open commentary on life Lucy has amassed an incredible 1.8M followers on TikTok and over 350 million views on YouTube and has gone on to become a blind broadcaster, journalist, content creator, disability activist and a Motability Scheme customer and is an absolute force to be reckoned with.

She’ll share her many different experiences from becoming the first-ever blind presenter to host on BBC Radio 1 to winning an RTS Award for her BBC documentary ‘How Does A Blind Girl Go On Safari?’ and being the first female blind talent to walk the red carpet at the BRIT Awards .

Lucy has also partnered with more of the world’s leading brands including Google, Estée Lauder, Spotify & L’oreal and has positioned herself as a leading voice for disability inclusion.

Supporting the move to electric vehicles for wheelchair users

11:00am to 11:25am
  • Michelle Vellacott
    Customer Support Director, Motability Operations
  • David Fairbairn
    Managing Director, CALLUM Designs

We want to make the transition to electric vehicles simple for users of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs).

Our customers told us what they want from an EV – so in collaboration with CALLUM, we have developed a solution. It addresses the challenges around EV conversion and wheelchair accessibility through thoughtful and inclusive design.

Fully charged: At home and on the road

11:25am to 12:15am
  • Ed Curwen
    Innovation Manager, Motability Operations
  • Russ Morgan
    Russ Morgan
    Commercial Innovations Director, Ohme
  • Dan Mclaren
    UK EV Education Lead, bp pulse

Do you want to learn about charging an electric vehicle (EV) at home and on the road? Join us for an exciting talk where we’ll explore all things EV charging. You’ll discover more about charging at home with Ohme, bp pulse’s network of public chargepoints across the UK, and how Motability Go Charge can make finding and paying for public charging across the UK easier. All available when you lease an EV on the Motability Scheme! Do not miss this opportunity to hear from experts, ask questions, and get inspired by the future of charging.  

Steve Brown – TV Presenter, Paralympian and Scheme customer

1:00pm to 1:50pm
  • Steve Brown
    TV Presenter - Escape to the country & Countryfile, Motability Scheme Customer

If you love Escape to the country or watch Countryfile this is a great opportunity for you to hear from TV presenter and Paralympian Steve Brown. Steve will reveal his deeply personal story and share his own journey from suffering a spinal injury to being a Paralympian to emerging as a TV presenter with a national profile. He’ll share glimpses from his work on TV and his experience as a Motability Scheme customer….. they’ll be plenty of time for questions too.

Adaptations: Unlocking your everyday freedom

2:00pm to 2:25pm
  • James Horne
    Head of Accessible Vehicles, Motability Operations

Do you want to learn more about how car adaptations can help you or someone you know with a disability to drive safely and comfortably? If so, you are invited to listen to our adaptation expert James for an informative and inspiring talk covering;

  • An overview of adaptations available on the Scheme to help you get in and out of a car, to help you drive and to help you store things, such as rooftop stowage and car boot hoists.
  • An exciting look at adaptation innovation and how things are changing, such as new solutions, features and technologies that enhance the functionality and usability of vehicles.
  • A look at some of the challenges as vehicles get more cyber security and what we’re doing to help, such as complying with regulations, implementing best practices, and collaborating with stakeholders to ensure the security and privacy of car adaptations.

This talk is a great opportunity to discover more about the world of adaptations and have your questions answered.

EV myth busting… the simple facts

2:30pm to 2:55pm
  • To be confirmed…
    EV Specialist, tbc

Exploring the fast paced world of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

3:00pm to 3:25pm
  • James Horne
    Head of Accessible Vehicles, Motability Operations

Are you interested in learning more about wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) and how they can improve your mobility and independence?

Join us for an informative and engaging talk where we will cover the latest trends and developments in the WAV market. You will discover the exciting new models that have been launched and are coming soon. You will also find out about the new electric WAVs that are available and what’s coming in the future. Finally, you will learn how to find the best nearly new WAVs that are immediately available.  Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions, and get inspired by the possibilities of WAVs. Book your spot today and get ready to explore this exciting world. 

It’s all about cars and the car industry

10:00am to 10:25am
  • Sam Wickenden
    Sam Wickenden
    Manufacturer Relations Manager, Motability Operations

Don’t miss this highly popular session – Sam Wickenden, who has worked with car manufacturers for the past 7 years in his role at Motability Operations, will share his insights on all things cars and the car industry. He will cover the current trends in vehicle availability, the latest updates on the Motability Scheme, the evolution of EVs and the overall state of the car sector.

Human Beauty: Accessible Beauty for All

10:30am to 10:55am
  • Millie Flemington-Clare
    Founder & CEO , Human Beauty
  • Helen Dolphin
    Transport and accessibility consultant , Motability Scheme customer

Join us for an inspiring conversation with Millie, the visionary Founder & CEO of Human Beauty, and our esteemed host, Helen Dolphin.

Together, they’ll delve into the heart of beauty, accessibility, and empowerment. They’ll discuss the creation of Human Beauty, its impact on the industry and its exciting future.

Don’t miss the live makeup demonstration showcasing fantastic products that champion accessible design. Let’s celebrate the transformative power of makeup and its ability to boost self-esteem!

EV myth busting… the simple facts

11:00am to 12:25pm
  • To be confirmed…
    EV Specialist, tbc

Will Bayley: My journey to the 2024 Paris Paralympics

11:30am to 12:15am
  • Will Bayley MBE PLY
    Strictly Come Dancing contestant and Table Tennis Paralympic champion, Motability Scheme Customer
  • Mark Ormrod MBE
    MBE & former Royal Marine, Invictus Games athlete, author and motivational speaker, Motability Scheme ambassador and customer

Join our host former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod as he interviews Will Bayley, the world number one Paralympic table tennis player and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant. Born with arthrogryposis and a cancer survivor, Will discovered table tennis as a child and went on to win medals across three Paralympics and he recently won the ITTF Male Para Player of the Year Award for 2023. In this session Will, who’s a single father and a Motability Scheme customer, will share how he has, and continues, to juggle his commitment to sport, family, and other work, in the lead up to Paris 2024

They’ll be plenty of time for questions too.

Fully charged: At home and on the road

1:00pm to 1:50pm
  • Ed Curwen
    Innovation Manager, Motability Operations
  • Russ Morgan
    Russ Morgan
    Commercial Innovations Director, Ohme
  • Dan Mclaren
    UK EV Education Lead, bp pulse

Fully charged: At home and on the road

Do you want to learn about charging an electric vehicle (EV) at home and on the road? Join us for an exciting talk where we’ll explore all things EV charging. You’ll discover more about charging at home with Ohme, bp pulse’s network of public chargepoints across the UK, and how Motability Go Charge can make finding and paying for public charging across the UK easier. All available when you lease an EV on the Motability Scheme! Do not miss this opportunity to hear from experts, ask questions, and get inspired by the future of charging.

Exploring the fast paced world of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2:00pm to 2:25pm
  • James Horne
    Head of Accessible Vehicles, Motability Operations

Are you interested in learning more about wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) and how they can improve your mobility and independence?

Join us for an informative and engaging talk where we will cover the latest trends and developments in the WAV market. You will discover the exciting new models that have been launched and are coming soon. You will also find out about the new electric WAVs that are available and what’s coming in the future. Finally, you will learn how to find the best nearly new WAVs that are immediately available.  Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions, and get inspired by the possibilities of WAVs. Book your spot today and get ready to explore this exciting world. 

CHANGING MOTORSPORT. CHANGING LIVES.

2:30pm to 2:55pm
  • Mike Scudamore
    Commercial Director, Team BRIT

Take a pit-stop here and discover more about Team BRIT, the world’s only competitive team of all-disabled racing drivers.

Commercial Director Mike Scudamore will share how their new partnership with the Motability Scheme is supporting their mission to provide a level playing field for disabled racing drivers. He’ll explain how the cars are adpated for the race track, showcase the racing team and share the race schedule for 2024 . The team’s ultimate goal is to take an all-disabled team to race in the epic endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Team BRIT are proud to be opening the door to motorsport for disabled drivers and Mike will share more about the Team BRIT recommended ‘route to racing’ for any disabled drivers eager to get started in the sport.

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