At a prestigious event held in London last night, attended by the most influential disabled individuals in the UK, as well as representatives from businesses and the government, ITV’s Sam Tatlow MBE, Creative Diversity Partner in ITV’s Diversity & Inclusion Team, was honoured in the Disability Power 100 List 2023 for the second consecutive year.
This globally significant campaign acknowledges the accomplishments and impact of changemakers and pioneers among those recognized, with the aim of showcasing disabled individuals as experts and role models. This effort seeks to enhance visibility and influence, working towards dismantling the stigma surrounding disability to establish a more accessible and inclusive world for everyone.
Sam emerged as a finalist among the elite 100 chosen from 1,500 entries by an independent panel of alumni and disability leaders, chaired by Andrew Miller MBE. In the Entertainment category, Sam was recognized as one of the top ten most influential, alongside Rosie Jones, Chris Packham, Steve Brown, Sarah Mills, Mark Lane B.A. Hons, Dipl, Hon Doct (Arts), MSGD, Lenny Rush, Kim Tserkezie, Jamie Hale, and George Robinson.
Sam Tatlow MBE serves as the Creative Diversity Partner at ITV and is a crucial member of the team implementing the Diversity Acceleration Plan. She actively contributes to advancing ITV’s Disability agenda and collaborates closely with producers and commissioning teams to ensure diversity and inclusion in ITV commissions, particularly within Factual Entertainment, Sport, Daytime, and Soaps. Additionally, she collaborates with the wider industry to integrate accessibility and inclusion for disabled individuals working in production through the TV Access Project.
Before joining ITV, Sam worked at the training and consultancy company thinkBIGGER!, where she contributed to projects such as the Channel 4 Production Training Scheme and the training program for disabled presenters and reporters covering the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Sam chairs BAFTA’s Disability Advisory Group, is a member of their Learning, Inclusion, and Talent committee, and is part of BAFTA’s Diversity Steering Group for the Awards. She also serves on the British Film Institute’s Disability Advisory Group and chairs the Board of Trustees for Graeae Theatre Company, the UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company. In June 2022, she was awarded an MBE for her services to disabled people in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list.
Sam Tatlow MBE, Creative Diversity Partner ITV said: “I’m so pleased to be included for a second time in this year’s Shaw Trust Power 100 which lists the top 100 most influential Disabled people in the UK. To be included amongst a group of so many brilliant Disabled people who are achieving great things and making change for our community is a real honour.
“Lists like this are vitally important to elevate the profiles of Disabled people who are often forgotten and overlooked, so I hope the recognition will help us inspire other Disabled people and encourage society to see the brilliance that Disabled people bring to our workplaces and communities.
“I’m really proud of the work we are doing at ITV to drive change in the representation of Disabled people and the accessibility of our workplaces, whether that is through the casting of programmes like Big Brother or our leadership initiative Amplify which this year was for our Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent colleagues. I’m looking forward to continuing this work and keeping the door propped open widely for all the other talented Disabled people to join us.”
In addition, Dr. Shani Dhanda, a member of ITV’s Cultural Advisory Council, secured the top spot, while Jason Arday, also a member of ITV’s Cultural Advisory Council, was voted number one in the Education category.
The Disability Power 100 serves as a catalyst for change, recognizing the most influential disabled individuals in the UK, celebrating their ambitions and achievements, and providing essential encouragement to the leaders of tomorrow. The Shaw Trust Foundation is actively addressing the disability employment gap by advocating for the recognition of the strengths and talents of disabled individuals and promoting inclusivity in society.