Lifetime Achiever Award
Dr. Amo Raju is one of the longest serving CEO’s of a user-led DPO in the country, having been with Disability Direct for over 29 years. Since 1997 he has generated over £28m in grants, contracts and chargeable services. In 2022 Amo won the ‘Outstanding 3rd Sector Achievement Award’ at The British Sikh Awards and also recognised by the University of Derby by award of a Doctorate for his services to the 3rd Sector and Disabled People. As a disabled person from the South Asian community Amo has recently published a highly commended book called ‘Walk Like A Man’ based on his own secret battles with depression and the wider world. Recently Amo was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people, carer and mental health and also became a Deputy Lieutenant for The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire and in turn, His Majesty King Charles III.