January 25, 2022, by aczjb1

Entrepreneur in Residence David Dent receives MBE

Entrepreneur in Residence David Dent received an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours List for Services to Students, Veterans and People with Disabilities.

David, a disabled war veteran and campaigner for disability said it was “an honour” to be given the MBE.

He is scheduled to give a talk as part of the Lab’s Roundtable Seminar Series on Wednesday 2 February, on the subject of Understanding Diversity.

David left the Armed Forces in 2000 after being injured in combat, and has since worked across a range of sectors, delivering healthcare and innovations to patients in the NHS, HM Forces and the pharmaceutical industry. Alongside his work, he has campaigned and advocated for greater support for disabled veterans, as well as making sport more accessible for disabled people.

He is a member of a team of disabled athletes called the Wounded Highlanders, who have helped pave the way for inclusion in the Highland games. Last year, David was the first-ever seated athlete to officially compete and gain a world record in Highland games history.

A diversity champion, David lends his experience as a senior leader with a disability to give a deeper understanding of what diversity, resilience and success means. He has previously been engaged in supporting and advising on subjects such as race allyship and promoting the importance of disability inclusion in business, and was invited to the Scottish Parliament to speak with MSPs to represent the interest of fellow veterans.

David competing at the Highland Games

For his Roundtable on 2 February, David will go through some of the most important questions surrounding diversity and inclusion, and discuss how we can positively promote and celebrate our differences.

David said: “Being a member of the armed forces has taught me that other people’s needs are more important than mine and providing a service to the people around me is what really makes a difference. I hope this shows people that it doesn’t matter what your background is or what your challenges are, you can make a difference in the world if you put your mind to things.”

Sign up for David’s Roundtable here.


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