IP Inclusive's speaker will share their experiences as disabled professionals in the legal industry, and their career journeys from first starting out to the senior roles they now hold.

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Meet your speakers

Mark Blois is a partner and head of law firm Browne Jacobson’s education practice, and has more than two decades of experience as an education lawyer and of serving in governance roles in the school, academy and further education sectors.

He is also a trustee of the National Association for Special Educational Needs and having long-standing involvement at a senior level with the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, a 25 school multi-academy trust operating in the East Midlands, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire region.

Gemma Christie is a director at IP law firm Keltie. She is a UK and European patent attorney and UK design attorney, who has worked both in-house and in private practice.

Before joining the patent profession Gemma worked for GKN as a graduate engineer in the automotive and aerospace sectors before joining Jaguar Cars as an NVH specialist. Gemma has also spent time off-shore on oil rigs in both the North Sea and Nigeria.

Today, in addition to her patent work, Gemma sits on of the Board of Farnborough College of Technology as Vice-Chair.

Chairing the panel discussion will be Marianne Privett, a partner and patent attorney at AA Thornton and co-lead of IP Ability.


This event is open to all UK-based IP professionals, including of course disabled and neurodivergent people and their allies. It doesn’t matter what type of organisation you work in, what role you play in it or your career level.

Please register using the Eventbrite link here. If you have any special accessibility requirements, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll do what we can to help.

Bring a guest

At IP Inclusive we want to reach as many IP people as possible. Why not invite a guest to watch the webinar with you – someone in a different role or at a different career level, perhaps; an ally or potential ally; or a colleague who’s not yet involved with IP Inclusive? They’ll be most welcome!


This event is free. So are all our resources. We think it’s important to keep IP Inclusive the right side of the paywall.

That said, we do need money to keep the show on the road, so if you enjoy the event please consider contributing to our 2021-22 fundraising campaign. For more information – including about corporate donations – visit our fundraising page.