Keith Richards is a barrister, consumer affairs professional and specialist in accessible transport policy. As Head of Business Development, Professional Development and Consumer Affairs at ABTA - The Travel Association for 13 years he was responsible for delivering accessibility training and wrote the industry’s first dedicated e-learning tool in accessible travel.
Keith was part of the UK Department for Transport group that drafted the first Code of Practice on Access to Air Travel in 2002. Keith has been an observer for 10 years at the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Sub-Group on People with Reduced Mobility and is now developing a Europe-wide template for improving the experience of disabled people when travelling by air.
Keith is the past Vice Chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) and the first Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority Consumer Panel.
Martyn Sibley is a blogger, entrepreneur and disability advocate. Having had a condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) since birth means he uses an electric wheelchair, full time care, government funding and many other vital inputs. Despite this he has a degree in economics, a Masters in marketing, worked at the disability charity Scope for 5 years, drives an adapted car, travels regularly, runs his own consultancy business and is a regualr media spokesperson for disabled people.
Using social media strategies to grow a community he wrote his own free ebook 'the disability diamond theory' and launched Disability Horizons www.disabilityhorizons.com in 2011. Alongside running the magazine he is a regular speaker, trainer, works with a number of national disability charities, TV, radio and print media.
Martyn was voted Britain's third most influential disabled person in the Shaw Trust's 2017 Power List.
Ivor Ambrose is a specialist in evaluation and project management within the fields of building design, accessibility, assistive technologies and tourism.
He holds a Masters degree from the University of Surrey, UK and, over the past 30 years, has worked for the public, private and NGO sectors in research, policy and business development.
Ivor is a co- founder of the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) and works as an international consultant on accessible tourism development projects across Europe. Ivor co-edited ‘ Best Practice in Accessible Tourism - Inclusion, Disability, Ageing Population and Tourism' (with Dimitrios Buhalis and Simon Darcy, Channel View Publications, 2012). He lives in Athens, Greece.
Katerina Papamichail is a Greek architect specialising in Universal Design and accessibility of the built environment.
The former Head of Architectural Studies at the Greek Social Housing Organisation, she also worked for the Athens Organising Committee for the Athens Olympic Games 2004 (ATHOC).
Katerina has participated as architectural design expert in numerous European projects on accessible tourism and access standards. She is an Associate Member of ENAT and member of the Accessibility Committee of the Technical Chamber of Greece.
Philip Biggs is a cochlear implant user based in Warwickshire. After a successful career in the Police Force Philip was required to re-invent himself after losing his hearing at the age of 35 years. Philip has worked as Access and Inclusion Manager for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and for 7 years was Chairman of Assistance Dogs (UK) Access group. Philip was responsible for driving forward standardisation of Assistance Dog ID in the UK and has worked across Europe as an assessor for organisations wishing to become members of Assistance Dogs Europe. Though not legally qualified, Philip has specialised in Equality Law working harmoniously with the EHRC on a number of disability discrimination issues.
Chris Cammiss, based near Manchester, is an ex Maths and Physics teacher who brings a scientific approach to his work as an accessibility adviser, trainer and auditor for a varied client list including architectural practices, transport planners, hospitals, prisons, museums and housing associations. He works part time for Disabled Living Manchester and is an advisor to Metrolink Manchester. An inveterate traveller, he has contributed extensively to every edition of the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.
Maria Zedda, through her company Wideaware, offers consultancy and training on accessibility, disability and diversity inclusion. Based in Edinburgh until recently, her clients have included the National Trust for Scotland, the Shaw Trust Scotland, Virgin Trains East Coast, Edinburgh Airport, ATOC, Network Rail and the House of Commons. She has personal experience of disability which motivates her passion for deaf and disability inclusion.
Gill Wykes is a web designer whose mantra is that accessible websites can also be attractive websites. Originally working in film and video, Gill ran the British Airways video department for many years. As a freelance Producer her clients included BP, Land Rover, Harley Davidson, Network Rail and Royal Mail. Her move into web design allows her to work in a more flexible, less expensive medium, while still using her design skills and communications expertise.
Gill is also an Event Manager helping to organise conferences and live events. Recent clients include VisitEngland and the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Meridian AV is a video and event production company with particular expertise in training and case study videos in accessibility, quality and sustainability in the tourism industry. Clients include VisitBritain, ONENorthEast, Tourism Tyne and Wear, Visit Kent, City of London Corporation, Tullet Prebon, Siemens, Chubb Insurance and CIMA. For a number of years Meridian AV produced the Enjoy England Excellence Awards for VisitEngland.