Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women 2019

  • Lucy Hobbs
  • Ellie Gerszt
  • Jane Elson
  • Joanne Ooi
  • Leena Haque
  • Poppy Ellis Logan
  • Mahlia Amatina
  • Ellen Jones
  • Emma Case
  • Pip Jamieson
  • Lucy Hobbs
  • Jo Hodson

Women Beyond The Box is proud to launch the UK’s first list showcasing 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women. It is estimated that at least 10% of the UK population is Neurodivergent, that is Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Autism, ADHD and Tourette’s.

The list was born from a desire to amplify the voices of women who are creating ripples of change within their industries by challenging the narrative around Neurodiversity. We are Female Founders, Scientists, Designers, Creatives, Artists, Actresses and Activists.

Collectively we are starting fresh conversations that reach beyond the Neurodivergent community and inspiring the next generation of Neurodivergent women. 

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Meet the Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women 2019:

Emma Case, Founder of Women Beyond The Box and Life Coach

Penny Jarrett, Mental Health blogger and Life Coach

Talia Randall, Artist - Writer - Performer

Gizzi Erskine, Chef

Ellen Jones, Award-winning Campaigner, Writer & Speaker

Mahlia Amatina, Award-winning Conceptual Artist

Sunshine Jackson Underhill, Bafta-nominated Documentary Producer, Writer & Speaker

Robyn Wilder, Freelance Journalist and Columnist

Maya Selway, Jewellery Maker

Tina Crawford, Embroidery Artist

Helen Johannessen, Ceramic Artist Maker and Educator

Nadia-Anne Ricketts, Founder and Artist of the pioneering concept, BeatWoven®

Poppy Ellis Logan, ADHD Advocate, Educator and Founder of #AttentionUK Campaign

Pamela Uddin, Branding Advisor and Entrepreneur

Leena Haque, Senior UX Designer and BBC Neurodiversity Lead

Leanne Gayle, Business Development Coordinator

Sara Jane Harvey, Autistic Presenter and Advocate

Fahima Abdulrahamn, BBC News Video Journalist

Jane Sedgwick, ADHD Expert, Tutor and Lecturer

Joanne Ooi, Gastroenterology Doctor

Jane Elson, Published Author and Mentor

Ellie Gerszt, Senior Partnerships Executive

Olive Gray, Actor and Musician

Lennie Varvarides, Founder & Director of MSFT Management and Founder & Creative Producer at DYSPLA

Laura James, Author, Columnist and Journalist

Sara Rankin, Professor

Pip Jamieson, Founder & CEO of The Dots and Diversity Advocate

Lucy Hobbs, Creative Director and Founder

Jo Hodson, Wellness Coach and Recipe Developer

Laura Henry, International speaker, Writer (Creator of JoJo and GranGran) and Consultant

Remi Ray, Award-winning Event Founder, Capsule Collection Creator and Founder of The Diverse Creative CIC

Helen Needham, TEDx Speaker, Capco UK Neurodiversity Lead and Founder of Me.Decoded

Violet Fenn, Writer

Lily Allen, Singer and Songwriter

Kay Wilson, Illustrator

Emy Parsons, Spoken word artist and Musician

Laura Frances Allen, Membership Engagement Manager

Ali Hanan, CEO of Creative Equals

Jo Malone CBE, Founder & Creative Director at Jo Loves

Florence Welch, Musician

Michelle Mone OBE, Entrepreneur & Global Inspirational Speaker

Michelle Beckett, Founder of ADHD Action, Trainer, Consultant and Speaker

Victoria Gallardo, Partner & Creative at Creative Orchestra

Freya Ridings, Musician

Georgia Harper, Policy and Public Affairs Officer Autistica

Vanella Jackson, Global Chief Operating Officer at Hall & Partners

Emma Lewell-Buck, Member of Parliament

Talia Grant, Actor

Emma Watson, Actor

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Space Scientist