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Name  Mark Bagshaw

Education  Newington College
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Dr Mark Stephen Bagshaw (born 6 November 1956) is an Australian businessman and disability advocate. He is involved in advocacy for people with a disability, especially in the arenas of employment, education and accessibility. He was Co-Chair, National VET Disability Advisory Taskforce 2007 to 2008; Co-Chair, Australian Disability Training Advisory Council 2002 to 2005. Bagshaw was a Don't DIS my ABILITY ambassador.


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Bagshaw attended Newington College (1971–1974). Since a spinal cord injury at age 16 that resulted in quadriplegia he has used a wheelchair for mobility. He was a Year 11 student at the time and Newington offered Bagshaw a bursary and did everything possible to help him to continue studying for his Higher School Certificate. Majoring in economics and psychology at the University of Sydney he graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1979.


Upon graduation, Bagshaw joined IBM where he worked in marketing, management and executive roles, including International Marketing Manager, Client Executive and Business Development Executive. He commenced his IBM career in systems engineering, ultimately as Country Large Systems Specialist. He moved into program management, with national responsibility for end-user and database solutions, followed by a promotion into systems engineering management. Following a period as team leader in the Strategic Consulting team in IBM Consulting, he spent two years as Client Executive on one of IBM Australia's largest accounts.He also established the IBM Accessibility Centre in Australasia. Since 2007, he has been the Managing Director of Innov8 Consulting Group, which conducts strategic business consulting, primarily in the social sector, with a focus on social reform and social inclusion.

Community involvement

For most of his adult life Bagshaw has also undertaken a variety of community-oriented roles. Those roles have included Co-founder and Chairman of the Ability Australia Foundation; Chairman of Humanitech; Vice-patron of Technical Aid for the Disabled; a member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council;Trustee of the New Zealand Be. Trust; Co-chair of the National VET Disability Advisory Taskforce,Chairman of the Australian Quadriplegic Association; Coordinator of the Wheeling Free Movement; President of Sydney Community College; President of the Evening and Community Colleges Association of NSW; President of the Adult and Community Education Council; Chairman of the Australian National Training Authority Disability Forum; Chairman of the Federal Government Employers Roundtable for People with Disabilities; a member of the NSW TransCover Review Committee;Chairman, IT Skills Hub Disabled and Mature Age Worker Employment Project; a member of the ANTA National Marketing Strategy Reference Group; Board Member of the Centre of National Research on Disability; a member of the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service Advisory Board; a member of the Australian Disability Consultative Council; Founding Member and Chairman of Leadership Action Australia; a Director of Televentures; a member of the Gold Medal Disability Access Strategy Steering Group; a judge of the Prime Minister’s Community-Business Partnership Awards; Co-chair of the Australian Disability Training Advisory Council; a member of the National Quality Council; Chairman of the NSW Spinal Vocational Rehabilitation Project.


Bagshaw featured on ABC1's Australian Story in 1997 and 2001. He also appeared on ABC Classic FM's 'Mornings with Margaret Throsby' in 2000. He has been recognised by numerous national and international awards including an Australian Humanitarian Award and an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University. He was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International, the Australian National Training Authority Board Award, and the inaugural Lifetime Diversity Champion Award by the IBM Corporation. In 2013 he was inducted into the Disability Employment Australia Hall of Fame. Bagshaw was also an Australian 2020 Summit Participant. He received the Centenary Medal for "long service to improve the employment and career options for people with a disability". Bagshaw gave The occasional address at the Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony held at Sydney University on 23 March 2012. This was his address on YouTube.


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