Emma Lawton is a Creative Director living in London. She was diagnosed with Parkinsons at the age of 29. She is an award winning charity campaigner, spokeswoman for Parkinsons UK, writer and founder of online store 51Gladstone.
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. Last year Emma did something new every day and blogged 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 co-founder of tech startup More Human, a venture she started as part of the zinc.vc cohort. More Human are building tools to help local communities be more sustainable and give them greater reach to support those who need them the most. She also leads the Devices and Apps project at Parkinson’s UK where she oversees the charity’s technology testing process and panel. 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.