Birmingham Disabled Professionals

Are you a disabled professional working in or around Birmingham who would like to form an informal network to share information and ideas for overcoming barriers and optimise networking opportunities?

So do we!

At this stage we are open to ideas on format but we would like the group to be very practical, intersectional in approach and only open to self-identifying disabled professionals.

Who are we?

Iyanu Onalaja disabled professionals

Iyanu Onalaja

Iyanu is a newly qualified Real Estate solicitor at Shoosmiths. She did her training contract in the Black Country and has found the move to Birmingham incredibly exciting and stimulating. Iyanu says: “I hope this network will support disabled professionals from all backgrounds and will create a unique opportunity to share advice and common experiences within a safe environment. Being part of such a forum can generate insightful voices in unrepresentative and often challenging environments.” 

Sarah Rennie disabled professionals

Sarah Rennie

Sarah is a Director of The Wisdom Factory CIC, a social enterprise where she delivers equality training to companies. She is a non-practising solicitor and has found the shift to self-employment more flexible. Sarah says: “To be successful in a fast-paced and competitive environment, we need to face barriers head on. This can be exhausting and isolating. A forum to share solutions and strategies would be invaluable!”


Please drop Iyanu ( or Sarah ( a line with any ideas or just to say hello.

We’re thinking of arranging a informal meet-up around 6.30pm on 21 September 2017 in the city centre. Would you like to join us? Please let us know any access requirements so we can plan an inclusive environment.