Damien lives in the lovely Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. He has a BA in Community Studies from the University Wales Institute, in Cardiff, focusing on Health and Social care issues. Damien has worked with a wide range of organisations to promote social inclusion and challenge the barriers to a fully inclusive society.
Organisations Damien has worked with include BBC Wales, NHS Wales, Scope UK, Disability Wales, and The Health and Social Care Partnership Board for South Wales and many others.
Damien has been Welsh assembly adviser since 2006, specialising in patient involvement and helping to steer the wheelchair services in Wales. He has also stood for election on two separate occasions.
In all his work Damien tries to conduct himself in a way which adheres to the principles of social model of disability and to the Nolan’s 7 principles for public life.
Damien’s publications include: evidence to the wheelchair review in Wales, articles for The Guardian newspaper on disability issues, contributions to BBC online, Disability Now and Positive Politics.
Damien has lectured on disability and social inclusion at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff University and the University of Norway.