Who’s who in the Built Environment Accessibility Panel (BEAP)
We work with an independent panel of disabled people, older people and access experts to make sure our buildings are accessible and inclusive.
Alex is the founder of Freedom One Life, which designs and manufactures the next generation of power wheelchairs. This business was born out of the challenges Alex has faced throughout his personal and professional life: he has cerebral palsy and has been using power wheelchairs since he was at school.
Alex has also created a consultancy around access, equality and inclusiveness, and helped to establish a government-funded recruitment agency for disabled people in the United Arab Emirates. He works with Network Rail to improve access across the rail network.
Barry is the equality and access advisor at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), where he has worked for the past 14 years. His role is varied but covers all aspects of the museum’s work from strategy to staff training.
Previous to his work at the V&A, Barry was project manager RNIB Soccer Sight, and a freelance access consultant.
Barry is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and is currently studying an Executive Masters in Business Administration at Henley Business School. Barry also sits on the Government’s Paralympic Legacy Advisory Group and the Built Environment Access Panel for London Legacy Development Corporation.
Brian has been a freelance access advisor since autumn 2012, having worked in a similar role for charity Tourism for All UK for almost 20 years.
He has sat on several national committees, including the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and BSi, reviewing criteria that relate to accessibility in tourism. Since 2005 he has devised and undertaken access audits at a dozen destinations across England. Brian is a Member of the Access Association and also an access advisor to the Historic Houses Association.
Senior civil engineer Neil has been involved in supporting the design of existing and proposed development plans and rail systems.
Neil, who is profoundly deaf, assists in delivering an inclusive and accessible built environment for disabled people through technical advice on the BEAP’s proposals and plans where he has a strong knowledge of access needed for deaf and disabled people.
http://www.nrac.org.uk/Lady-Marie is a public affairs advisor (PAO) and regional peer support officer at the Spinal Injuries Association.
She is a trustee and founding member of the Wandsworth Independent Living Forum, a group of disabled individuals who provide advice and act as a focal point for other groups in the borough.
Lady-Marie has volunteered as representative of the Wandsworth Access Association on the Wandsworth Transport Mobility Forum, helping to ensure adequate transport for disabled people in London in collaboration with Transport for All and Transport for London. She currently serves as chairperson of the Wandsworth Access Association.
Nick is an established access consultant and expert in railway accessibility and PRM (People with Restricted Mobility) management, who has worked with train operating companies (TOC), Network Rail, and legislative (DfT) and rail regulatory (ORR/RSSB) bodies. He is chair of the London Midland Access Advisory Panel.
With extensive Board-level experience, Nick has project managed TOC-wide and nationwide initiatives to enhance and champion accessibility in transport.
A full-time wheelchair user, Nick is managing director of Goss Consultancy Ltd.
Peter Lainson is a retired community liaison officer who started out as a technician in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, then worked in the National Health Service before combining his interest in the voluntary sector with a role in community development. He has been actively involved as a volunteer in the disability movement for much of the past 45 years.
He formerly chaired the Access Committee for England, and currently has an active role with various local and regional Access Forums. He chairs the London Legacy Development Company’s (LLDC) independent BEAP, is a trustee of the Fieldfare Trust & Centre for Accessible Environments, and a member of the Stansted Airport Consultative Committee.
A Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) inclusive design built environment expert, Tom has over 20 years’ experience as an access consultant and has advised on a range of projects, from new sports stadia to transport interchanges and historically significant buildings.
Tom’s project experience includes advising the Olympic Delivery Authority and London Legacy Development Company (LLDC) on the design of the Olympic Park and venues for Games and Legacy uses. As accessibility manager at the LLDC he advised on the Legacy Communities Masterplan and played a key role in producing the company's inclusive design strategy. Tom is a member of the National Register of Access Consultants.
Tom was also a specialist advisor to Transport Scotland on its Roads for All programme and Forth Replacement Crossing project. He is a former member of the Rail Passenger Committee for Scotland and the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland.
While a care worker, Alick identified a lack of provision for clients with disabilities. He helped set up Enabled London in 2000, which embraced working with people with learning disabilities and inclusive design concepts to appeal to the widest possible audience.
In 2011 he co-founded Enabled City, a company that has produced two software products: PhotoRoute and Word-Bank.
PhotoRoute provides step-free, easy-to-navigate walking routes, including its gold-awarded Visit London route used by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Premier League football clubs and as a Special Educational Needs educational enrichment course.
Word-Bank is an automated literacy tool that won a BBC Innovation Lab award and is used by NHS England. Other development partners include the Disability Rights Commission, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club & Foundation and various NHS trusts.
Alick’s software service HERO Docs (Health Easy Read Online) will enable compliance to the new Accessible Information Standard.
Sue was a member of the Southeastern Railway Stakeholder Advisory Board for several years and a major champion of accessibility on that network.
She has been actively involved in training and providing feedback on the assisted travel provision for HS1 and across the network.
Outside of transport, Sue acts as an independent critical incident advisor with Kent Police and is a member of the Independent Police Advisory Group.
Andy is Policy and Campaigns Manager for Aspire – supporting people with spinal injury – and has over 25 years’ experience working the field of disability equality.
Between 2000 and 2007, Andy led the Disability Rights Commission’s policy work on inclusive design and access to the built environment. In this capacity, he played an active role in influencing the 2004 Planning and Housing Acts and produced a number of guidance documents, including ‘Access Statements: Achieving an inclusive environment’ and ‘Disability Equality, Planning, Buildings and Streets’.
Andy is also a former member of the government’s Building Regulations Advisory Committee, and was seconded to the Department for Communities and Local Government to produce ‘Housing Strategy for an Ageing Society’.
Emma has previously worked in the rail industry, setting up and leading the carers network, as well as working with the wider industry to make the rail network inclusive and accessible for all. Emma now works at the Alzheimer’s Society as the dementia friendly communities programme manager, managing the national communities recognition process, delivering the Prime Minister’s implementation plan and running the Prime Minister’s champion group across all industry sectors.
Susan is a local authority Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in Building Standards. Her role is varied within East Ayrshire Council and includes working with colleagues, members of our communities and external stakeholders to try to ensure that services and designs for the built environment are inclusive.
Tanvi Vyas is a disability rights advocate, working with the Trailblazers young campaigners’ network to improve lives of young disabled people. This network is part of Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK).
Tanvi raises the profile of challenges and has appeared on national and regional television, on radio, online and in print, highlighting solutions to existing challenges and the investment that can lead to positive change.