In 2002, Sean, my brother, set up two annual prizes in my Mum’s name – Olive Cordell. I have been stunned and humbled by the commitment, drive and quality of the winners, usually against huge odds. I was a teacher for 10 years and still do work as a trainer. As a deaf person, I observe the terrible impact of the high levels of inequality that we have in the UK. Reducing this inequality is my top priority.