Heather Wilson, Scottish Government
Heather has made a significant contribution to the success of the Scottish government’s disability network and the Civil Service Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Network (CSDDN) toolkit. She managed the creation of the toolkit, remotely leading a cross-Civil Service team who she didn’t meet until the launch event. Heather completed an illustration course in her own time to improve her drawing skills, so she could create visuals (later enhanced by a graphic designer) to increase accessibility for those who find it easier to learn from images than written guidance. The toolkit supports conversations between colleagues and line managers about dyslexia and dyspraxia, and helps draft workplace adjustment passports. Heather networks throughout the organisation at all levels to contribute to wide-ranging developments by influencing decision-makers and collaborating with HR. Heather is connected with other staff networks, sharing her advice and learning about intersectionality challenges. She also provides peer support to colleagues, helping them work through challenges.