The Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners Partnership (HRFWP) is delighted to announce they have appointed Michael McGrath as a Paralympic and disability sports representative to their Board.

Michael is a professional speaker, entrepreneur and business consultant. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Hertfordshire-based charity The Muscle Help Foundation.

His main roles and responsibilities will be:

•           To be the voice for disability on the Board and its Olympic embodiment in the Paralympics

•           Ensure that the aspirations of disabled young people are fully represented in the Partnership’s ambitions

•           The Board's champion in its external relations with disability groups and individuals.

Michael was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 18. He made history in January 2004 by becoming the first disabled person in the world to have successfully led expeditions to both the North and South Poles. Underpinned by his life credo ‘Quant Je Puis’ (As Much As I Can), he uses his life experiences to engage public and private sector organisations on subjects from leadership, teamwork and change to self-belief, risk and diversity as well as mainstream and special schools to inspire, educate and motivate.

His charity The Muscle Help Foundation delivers transformational experiences in the UK known as Muscle Dreams to children and young people afflicted by the muscle wasting disease Muscular Dystrophy.

“I am looking forward to engaging with the increasing number of Hertfordshire stakeholders that are seeking to embrace the opportunity to celebrate difference." said Michael. "The London 2012 Games provides a fantastic platform for people of all abilities to play their part. I’m especially keen to focus on making sure that with just over 500 days to go to the start of the greatest sporting event on earth, as many disabled young people in Hertfordshire get the opportunity to be really moved, really inspired, so much so that inclusive sport in the county sees even greater levels of participation after the Games have been and gone.”

Herts 2012 Ambassador John Fuller said: “We are honoured and privileged to have a man of Michael’s knowledge and stature in his field on our Board. I personally look forward to working with him and having his input into the Partnership’s activities for the next 18 months. I think this is a real step forward in achieving our legacy ambitions for the county.”

Michael McGrath was co-opted onto the Board at the next HRFWP Board meeting on Friday April 8 until December 2012.