When Emma was redesigning the Parkinson’s UK website she was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s herself, she was only 29. Making it her mission to raise awareness about the condition and continue her life as she planned, Emma is a creative director and award-winning charity campaigner.
Emma was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 29. Making it her mission to raise awareness about the condition and continue her life as she planned, Emma campaigns and shares her story on social media, published her own book on dealing with Parkinson’s and recently video blogged her life for 365 days.
This year Emma is doing something new every day and blogging about it at www.thef---itlist.com to shine a light on the importance of investing in our own development and happiness.
She featured in the BBC2 documentary ‘The Big Life Fix’ where Microsoft’s Haiyan Zhang created a bespoke wearable device that allowed Emma to write and draw for the first time in years. She saw first hand the power of technology as an enabler.
In 2015 Emma won the CharityComms Inspiring Communicator award for her fundraising for Parkinson’s, is one of MT’s 35 women under 35, has been dubbed ‘One to Watch’ by Wired Magazine, was shortlisted for a Woman of the Future Award and is a 5 time TEDX speaker. She’s shared a stage with the likes of Theresa May, Steph McGovern and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and has been interviewed on everything from BBC Breakfast to late night radio shows.
Emma is building a health-tech startup as part of the zinc.vc cohort and leads the Devices and Apps project at Parkinson’s UK. She is fascinated by technology and the vital role it can play in enhancing the lives of those living with health conditions.
When she’s not busy building her tech empire Emma is a budding stand-up comic and freelance writer.