Brian Mister MBE – Chairman
Brian Mister is our Chairman and had a career in Sales and Marketing and the Police before becoming disabled. That provided the opportunity to take an interest in the disability agenda and subsequently has had extensive involvement in support for and rights for those with disabilities. He is consulted by Essex County Council on many issues relating to social care and sits on a number of committees.
Prior to becoming disabled I was a Sales & Marketing Director and have experience in most aspects of business criteria. Before that I was a police officer for 11 years, spent 4 years as a CID Officer and was attached to the Ministry of Defence for nearly 2 and a half years.
After 2 years of acquiring my impairment I became interested in the disability agenda and their rights. I joined the Essex Coalition of Disabled People and became a Director and Chair of the organization where many of my business skills became useful. I have spent over 13 years with them and led on many of their very successful initiatives.
I have also attained the prestigious Disability Equality Practitioner Post Graduate Degree by studying at Masters Level with Anglia RuskinUniversity. I am an accredited disability equality trainer and consider Disability Equality Training as one of the best ways of reaching appropriate organizations, be it the private, statutory or voluntary sector. I also have training qualifications from City & Guilds and Health Training from Royal Society of Public Health.
I have a very high profile within Essex County Council (ECC) Social Care and have worked extensively with them over many years. I also sit on their senior management team and am often consulted on many issues. As Chair of OIL (Options for Independent Living) Transport Group I am particularly proud of the successful partnership between ECC and disabled people who make up the OIL Transport Group. In November 2010 they won a national award for their work on accessibility within transport.
I am also Chair of the successful PNF (Participation Network Forum) and Chelmsford CVS and am particularly proud to be chair of My Home Life Essex Community Association. I also sit on the Crown Prosecution Service Hate Crime Scrutiny Committee. I also work as a mentor for young disabled people and am a school governor.
I was delighted to receive the award of MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours List.