Pete Donnelly has been a wheelchair user for 15 years and spent more than a decade working in third sector disability organisations. Pete brings a wealth of experience from working at local, national and global charities focusing on empowering disabled people through skill development, advocacy and campaigning for a more inclusive society.
Whether the challenges Pete has faced are taking a 71-hour train journey across the Kazakh step, driving through the mountains of Kurdish Iraq or struggling to get on the 344 bus to work because the wheelchair space is full of prams, disability has taught him resilience and has given unique insight into a world that affects 1 in 5 people.
With goals of making societal change happen, Pete aims to empower the disabled community while challenging the antiquated structures that are there to support. This motivated him to form The Wheelchair Skills College with the vision of ensuring that every wheelchair has access to essential life skills.
Outside of his professional work, Pete enjoys an amphibious lifestyle with water-skiing taking up many of the summer months and scuba diving in pre-pandemic times.