Neil Milliken

Position: 
Global Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion at Atos

Neil Milliken is responsible for Accessibility & Digital Inclusion at Atos, a leading digital services organisation with circa 123,000 employees in 73 countries, serving a global client base, bringing together people, business & technology to deliver digital empowerment to its clients. Atos is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games. Atos is a partner of the Business Disability Forum, a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and International Labour Organisation Global Business Disability Network.

Neil is a member of the Atos Scientific Community and is an Atos Distinguished Expert, he works to deliver better technology for Atos’s customers and staff, and to embed inclusive practices into the business-as-usual-processes of organisations with thousands of employees and turnovers in the billions. Neil delivers strategy and services working with a range of clients both within Atos and externally, helping them to develop policies, processes and technological solutions to meet their staff and customers’ needs.

Among his achievements are the creation of the Atos Centre of Competence, encompassing accessibility, inclusive design and assistive technology services and the creation of the first dedicated apprenticeship scheme for accessibility. In 2015 Neil was recognised as “Disability Champion” of the year by the Business Disability Forum.

Neil is also a board member of the charity World Institute on Disability and Chair of the diversity board for the Institute of Coding.

In 2014 along with Antonio Santos & Debra Ruh Neil founded #AXSChat which is a social media community and twitter chat focussed on raising awareness of accessibility, disability inclusion and innovation. Since its inception AXSChat has become one of the world’s largest twitter chats accumulating over 3 Billion impressions and in May 2018 it won the European Digital Mindset Award for best digital campaign.

Neil is dyslexic and advocates for people with dyslexia as well as other disabilities and additional needs. He was named in the top ten of the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list of most influential people with a disability in the UK.

Neil champions accessibility in IT as a clear business need and makes sure companies are aware of, and factor in, the widespread of use of accessible IT tools.”