Kelly Grainger is a neurodiversity advocate, committed to reducing the stigma and improving education surrounding neurodiverse diagnosis’ such as autism and ADHD. Being autistic and ADHD himself, Kelly has thrived in the corporate sphere and now wants to prove anyone else can do the same, through empowering talks and insightful workshops for businesses.
A successful figure in his professional career, Kelly spent almost 23 years in a range of senior roles for PepsiCo, Merlin Entertainment and Interface. In 2019, Kelly was diagnosed as autistic aged 44 and then with ADHD at 46, along with his two children. Despite embracing the revelation, himself, Kelly found his company were ignorant and negative, leading him to change the trajectory of his career.
Since his diagnosis, Kelly has stepped away from the corporate world to champion neurodiversity through education. In 2020, Kelly Co-founded Perfectly Autistic, in response to the lack of support he had available, the organisation provides a community for guidance to those either with a neurodiverse condition or related to someone that is. He has also partnered with Mental Health at Work in association with Mind to produce tool kits for businesses that give them strategies to support their neurodiverse employees.
As a speaker, Kelly has presented at The Autism Show and for the United Nations Global Compact Network UK. Equally prominent in the media his story has been featured in the likes of the Huffington Post and The Independent and on BBC radio, which has enhanced his public profile, alongside the hundreds of events he has spoken at. Charming and insightful, Kelly’s talks can transform corporate audiences thanks to the bespoke and educational advice he shares.
“Please pass on our appreciation and thanks to Kelly. Great presentation last night. We look forward to working with him again in the near future”
“It was a fascinating webinar – brilliantly presented. Kelly – I can see why you’re in demand in the media.”
“I wanted to say a huge thank you to for taking the time to speak to our Diversity & Inclusion Working Group members today. We got some fantastic feedback on your presentation and participation in the Q&A, both during and after the event.”
“There were so many questions from so many different people, you really got the engagement from the audience. They wanted to hear your story!”
“Kelly delivered a really fantastic session yesterday! His talk was super engaging, clear and really insightful. We’ve had lots of great feedback come through already and the Teams chat was alive with discussion so it was fantastic to see that so many people found the conversation insightful and thought-provoking. The session was exactly what we were looking to achieve in terms of helping people to think openly about how we shift our customer experiences to make them more accessible and inclusive. So really big thank you to Kelly!”