Kate Nash OBE
Kate Nash OBE is a self-proclaimed ‘agitator’ who invites people and organisations across the world to consider 'disability' in a variety of ways and certainly to see it as a more positive life experience than we are often invited to believe.
With a passion for fairness and inclusion ignited by her own experience of juvenile arthritis at the age of 15, Kate has worked over the past four decades to change global attitudes towards disabled employees.
She founded PurpleSpace in 2015 - a social business with a very big mission, to build disability confidence from the inside out via the global growth of disability ERGs/Networks. It was launched, by demand from disability ERG/Network leaders, after she published her first book, Secrets and Big News in 2014.
In 2017, as the result of a single tweet, Kate initiated #PurpleLightUp, a global movement made up of employees with disabilities as well as their allies and champions. The #PurpleLightUp movement is a mark of respect to International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The movement, the only one of its kind, celebrates the economic contribution of employees with disability.
Living between her adopted home of Mumbles in Wales, UK and the rest of the world by virtual means, Kate leads PurpleSpace as CEO as well as writes new thought-leadership to super-charge the inner confidence of disabled employees.
Kate Nash has now written her second book, Positively Purplepublished by Kogan Page in October 2022. Partly autobiography, partly history of the disability movement and partly a manual for driving change for employees with disabilities it is unlike any other book written.
She is currently writing '52 Ways To Get On At Work': a manual for thriving at work while living with disability. With stories from hundreds of employees with disabilities including those from it will help anyone looking for work or wanting to work well, with balance and purpose.