Motivation's Founder Director, David Constantine, appears in the 2019 Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List.

Tuesday 8 October 2019

David Constantine, Founder Director of Bristol-based charity, Motivation, has been revealed as one of Britain’s most influential disabled people in The Shaw Trust’s Disability Power 100 List today.

The Disability Power 100 List is an annual publication of the 100 most noteworthy disabled people in the UK. It is compiled by an independent judging panel, who are all active influencers of change within the disability sector. The full list was announced at a reception at the House of Lords this afternoon.

David is recognised for dedicating his professional life to empowering disabled people in developing countries through his work with Motivation. For nearly 30 years, the charity and social enterprise has provided low cost wheelchairs and development programmes to over 100 countries, changing the lives of tens of thousands of people, enabling them to attend school, work, and get around in their communities.

David is an influential advocate for disabled people, advising on global health, political initiatives and international provision of assistive technology. He was awarded an MBE in 2010 in recognition of his work.

Locally, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol in 2014. He has received numerous honorary degrees, academic accolades and awards, including from the University of Bristol and the University of Bath. In 2016, Motivation’s Rough Terrain wheelchair – an evolution of David’s first ever wheelchair design – was honoured in the London Design Museum’s permanent exhibition as an iconic design.

David said:

"I’m delighted to be on this year’s Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List – it’s an incredible honour to be ranked alongside such an impressive range of advocates.
"Through my work, I have come to understand a great deal about my own disability and ability and to see how lucky I am to have been born, live and been rehabilitated in a society that embraces me and my needs. It has given me an opportunity to fulfil my ambition and take part in my community. There are millions who don't have that opportunity.
"What Motivation has achieved has clearly not been done by me single-handedly. I give huge credit to my co-founders, Simon Gue and Richard Frost, and to Motivation’s incredibly dedicated and passionate team who are committed to creating a world in which all disabled people are included and fully participate in every aspect of life."

Amanda Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Motivation, said:

"For more than 30 years, David has committed a huge amount of time and energy to advocating for the provision of better assistive technology for disabled people throughout the developing world.
"His dedication to this work, and his commitment to collaboration have made him a go-to authority in the wheelchair sector – and well beyond. His passion, his tenacity, and his huge a generosity of spirit, make him an inspiration to all who meet him.
"We are extremely proud of David’s many achievements over the years here at Motivation. He greatly deserves his place on this important list."

For further information please contact Anna Reeve, [email protected], 0117 944 9845