Kelly Grainger is a neurodiversity advocate, committed to reducing the stigma and improving education surrounding neurodiverse diagnosis’ such as Asperger’s Syndrome. Having autism 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. From Customer Business Manager for PepsiCo to Head of Trade Sales UK for Merlin Entertainment and Sales Director for Interface, Kelly thrived in personable positions, something not usually associated with people with autism. In 2019, Kelly was diagnosed with Asperger’s aged 44, 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 disorder 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 for the National Autistic Society, The Autism Show and at 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, 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 their bespoke and educational advice.
“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!”