Joshua Wintersgill - BSc(Hons) Information Technology Management and Business
Joshua is currently the Founder and Director of easyTravelseat. In August 2017, an innovative idea was sparked by his difficulties faced by accessing air travel as a wheelchair user. Just over a year later, Joshua had registered the business, filed a patent, created a working prototype, developed and documented a detailed business and marketing plan.
In September 2018, Joshua applied to the UK Disabled Entrepreneurs Award ran by the Founder of easyJet, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. 82 applications were submitted across the country and Joshua was selected as the main winner in November 2018, receiving £30,000 towards his start-up. Following the awards, Joshua was later invited by Sir Stelios to his headquarters in London. They discussed and later agreed a brand license deal into the easy family of brands, including a private investment deal for an equity stake in his business.
Amongst all of this, Joshua had been working full-time as a Cyber Security Coordination Manager for DXC.technology since graduating in 2015. He graduated from UWE Bristol with a first-class honours degree after studying BSc(Hons) Information Technology Management for Business. During his time at UWE Bristol, Joshua undertook a years industrial placement with Hewlett Packard working as a Technical Account Manager. He took part in the Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Programme for two years, whilst achieving a ‘contribution of excellence’ award for his commitment to the UK Tech Partnership encouraging college students into the world of technology.
In July 2019, Joshua was awarded an Honorary Graduate degree from UWE Bristol, recognising his outstanding contribution to inclusivity for students and the wider public.
Joshua also aspires to be a Paralympian and has been accepted onto the Great British Shooting Talent and Development squad, with his eyes firmly set for Paris in 2024.