Judges Agreement

The DP100 2024 will be judged by a panel of not less than 22 Judges plus our Chair, Dr Shani Dhanda.

Each judge will be allocated at least one category, with each category having a minimum of two judges. There are 15 categories. Ten of these are for individuals who are recognised in the top 100:

  • Business and Finance
  • Cross-Sector Advocate
  • Education and Research
  • Grassroots Community Advocate
  • Performing Arts, Television, Radio
  • Politics, Law and Media
  • Science, Engineering, Technology, Property and Construction
  • Sport, Health and Wellbeing
  • Transport, Retail, Service and Hospitality
  • Visual Arts, Fashion and Design

In addition, one category recognising individuals who are at the start of disability advocacy and impact journey:

  • The Clare Gray Rising Star (any age)

And four categories for organisations:

  • Best campaign
  • Changemaking organisation
  • Best large employer (more than 250 employees)
  • Best small employer (250 or fewer employees)

The judging process will identify the following:

  • the top three nominations, including a winner, for each category
  • a Top Ten comprised of the first ten category winners
  • an overall winner – and ranked Top Ten

The judging process has four stages:

  • Stage one Sifting
  • Stage two Scoring
  • Stage three Category shortlisting
  • Stage four Balancing and top 10

Judging process

All nominations will be scored out of a total of 30 points, based on three criteria:


How impactful this person or organisation has been in affecting change over the last 12-18 months.

What evidence is there to demonstrate this impact is current and relevant?

How has this impact benefitted others?

Max score:10

How much positive influence this person or organisation has had on their category field/sector over the last 12-18 months?

What is the reach of this influence and who has this person/organisation influenced? Ie sector leaders and managers, politicians, local or online communities, consumers, disabled people?

What is the depth of influence? Ie did this person/organisation influence a lot of people?

Max score:10

How innovative is this person or organisation’s approach as a disability changemaker?

Has the approach filled a gap or need?

Could innovation be scaled up or easily replicated?

Max score:10

Nominations are judged independently. Any pre-existing knowledge of a nominee’s work or achievements will not be discounted, but judges are not expected to research nominees beyond material submitted with the nomination.

People may be nominated in more than one in each category in separate entries, however, judges will decide the most appropriate category.

Multiple entries for nominees will be collated for judging. No weighting will be given to the number of entries a nominee receives.

It is important the Disability Power 100 reflects the UK’s wider diversity and is inclusive of all identities. In addition to public nominations, the judges are asked to consider at the balancing stage, if there are people who have not received a public nomination who have come to prominence between the nomination and judging period.

As nominations are largely submitted on behalf of others, we will ensure the DP100 give their consent to be included before announcing the finalists.

Shaw Trust will sift nominations to ensure entrant/entry:

  • is a UK resident or is an organisation registered in the UK
  • would identify as a disabled person or is a disability-allied organisation
  • has been fully completed to a basic minimum standard
  • any additional information linked to a nomination is credible.

The Clare Gray Rising Star category is for individuals starting out in disability advocacy, it is all-age. However, it is anticipated entrants under 18 should ordinarily be moved into this category. Exceptions to this rule can be agreed by the judges.