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Barbara Phillips CBE, a retired Senior Civil Servant, has held
positions in government departments including the Cabinet Office, DTI, DCMS (where
she was Head of Tourism) and UKTI, finally heading up the first Government Social
Enterprise Unit. Barbara once taught in a Manchester Comprehensive and has worked
as an editor, reviewer and copy writer. She has lectured at an American university
and in policy management at the Civil Service College.
Mark McCusker is the CEO of Texthelp Systems Ltd since 1998, during
which time Texthelp has evolved to become a world leader in the provision of assisitve
technology for struggling readers in multiple geographic markets.
Ian Litterick founded iansyst Ltd in 1983 and is currently Executive
Chairman. iansyst has specialised in technology tools for dyslexia and disabilities
since 1995 and publishes the web site
www.dyslexic.com amongst others. He Chairs the BATA DSA suppliers group.
He is committed to improving access to text and learning for reading impaired people
through the Right to Read Campaign and by bringing appropriate Assistive Technology
to the mainstream.
Terry Waller is an Independent Education, Inclusion and Technology
Consultant and a Trustee of Deafax. Previously he was Head of Inclusion Policy at
Becta, where he held a range of SEN and inclusion management posts (1990-2011).
Prior to that he was an education and children's librarian in several local authorities.
Graham Coiley is the Business Director of Amano Technologies; supplier of Assistive Technologies based in the South West. With a background in health and education he is currently a Community College Governor and has a teaching role in Further Education, thus seeing first-hand the positive impact of technology in education.
Sal Cooke - Director of JISC TechDis. Having worked in the transport industry for a time, Sal returned to teach in Schools, Colleges of Further Education and the University Sector in Yorkshire and Humberside. Sal was seconded to various national agencies including and the then Department for Education and Skills, working on the e-learning programmes and the Harnessing Technology Strategy. Currently Sal is personally particularly interested and involved with the work of the Independent Specialist Colleges sector.
Paul Doyle has been engaged in the field of Assistive Technology since 1995 in a variety of operational and strategic roles. He currently manages the Access Centre at Hereward College (which played an integral role in the origin and development of the Disabled Students Allowance programme).
Paul also leads a team of researchers undertaking projects in and around the field of assistive technology, with objectives as diverse as capturing the user experience of innovations in AT to workforce development requirements projects for the assessment and installation of telehealth and telecare assistive technologies..
Noel Duffy has been Managing Director of Dolphin Computer
Access Limited since 2007. Dolphin delivers independence (through a range of
software and services) to people with vision and print disabilities. Dolphin
supports customers in over forty countries with a staff of 70 people located in
the UK, US and Scandinavia..
John Lamb is publisher and editor of Ability magazine, the
long-established publication about technology for disabled people. As a
journalist John has covered information technology developments for nearly 25
years. He is a member of the BCS Inclusion Policy Panel.
Martin Littler is Chairman and CEO of Inclusive Technology Ltd
and a Trustee of the ACE Centre Advisory Trust. Previously Martin was director of
Northwest SEMERC (1986 – 1996), an advisory teacher in Lancashire and deputy head
of a Liverpool Primary School.
Dave Stevens is a founder of Claro Software Ltd a UK based assistive software developer. Claro Software exports assistive software around the world, supporting different user groups in literacy and computer access. Dave has travelled around the world to many assistive and AAC conferences, and Claro has been a regular attendee at the American ATIA conferences.
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