Donna O'Brien

Policy, Public Affairs and Research Manager

What is your role?

I manage policy, campaigns and research at SeeAbility. In reality that means I work with lots of different people to help them either get their points across to policymakers or spot opportunities for us to take part in research or partner up with others.

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from those around me who want to make lives better for people with disabilities – particularly colleagues who have learning disabilities themselves and colleagues who are on the frontline including the team I worked so closely with delivering eye care in special schools.

That’s what inspires me but also what has inspired policymakers in the past 6 years I’ve worked at SeeAbility – great advice I was given when I started out was to make sure those in positions of power saw things on the ground, and that is one of the things I try to do, as it replaces a million written briefings!

What's your favourite thing to do outside work?

Having started out in environmental campaigning, it might not be a surprise that I love walking in the countryside in my spare time - there’s nothing better than fresh air and a pint in a pub at the end of it!