Rob Moriarty is a businessman and entrepreneur based in Leeds, United Kingdom. A horrific diving accident in 1998 left Rob paralysed from the neck down and wheelchair-bound, leaving him completely dependent on 24 hour care.
Despite his injury and a projected 2 year rehabilitation program, Rob left hospital after 10 months and returned to full time education at Solihull School, completing 3 A-Levels followed by a Joint Honours degree in Music and German from the University of Leeds. In 2004 Rob was one of the first undergraduates requiring 24 hour care to study abroad on the Erasmus program, spending 3 months in Dortmund, Germany.
After finishing his studies Rob setup a website design company in 2007 with a university friend which is still running today, serving over 40 SME clients across a wide range of industries. He has been building websites successfully now for the best part of a decade. Rob joined WSI as an Internet marketing consultant in February 2010 and was immediately able to bring a wealth of knowledge to the network and his clients despite his relatively young age.
Since leaving school Rob has lived independently of friends and family using a Direct Payment to manage his own team of carers. Whilst his primary business focus is on empowering his clients in the basics of effective Internet Marketing techniques, Rob also speaks regularly about Social Care provision, sharing his unique insight into living independently and running a successful business.
He is currently working with Free To Live Leeds, a group aiming to develop a national peer support network to help thousands who are in a similar position to his own manage their own care. He is utilising his business and network links to empower social care providers to adopt modern technology and marketing techniques to more effectively engage with their users and improve their service.
Through his experiences and guidance, Rob’s business is now driving the development of a range of Personalisation in Social Care tools (part of the Putting People First program) enabling thousands of individuals to manage their own care more easily and live as independently as they choose.
In 2010 Rob was placed 6th in the Stelios Disabled Entrepreneur of the Year award and Free to Live Leeds was selected as a finalist in the Putting People First category of The Yorkshire and Humberside Great British Care Awards. You can read more about these in the Projects section.
If you’d like to read more about Rob (in which case you must be really bored!) by all means have a look through his mini biography.