Antony Ruck (Chair): Assistive Technology Consultant (archent.)
Antony Ruck of archent has worked in the AT industry for over 15 years at senior management level, working with manufacturers, publishers and service providers to deliver first class products and customer experience. Now working as a freelance AT Industry Consultant, Antony provides information, advice and guidance on service delivery, operations, commercial development, sales and marketing, and event management.
Rick Bell (Vice Chair): Texthelp
Rick Bell, Head of Education at Texthelp Ltd, a world leading provider of literacy support assistive technology. Texthelp believes in digital inclusion and that absolutely everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential – in education, in the workplace and in later life too.
John Lamb (Executive Director): Ability Magazine
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 40 years. He is a member of the BCS Digital Accessibility Specialist Group and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists’ Accessibility Panel.
Carolyne Smith (Secretary): Sight and Sound Technology
Carolyne Smith is the DSA business manager at Sight and Sound Technology. Carolyne manages all strategic, commercial and delivery aspects of their education business. She has worked in the industry for over 12 years.
Sal Cooke (Director): Independent
Sal Cooke was until recently 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 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.
Sarah-Jane Peake (Director): Launchpad Assistive Technology
Sarah-Jane Peake is the founder of Launchpad Assistive Technology – a provider of AT training with integrated study strategies. As a consultant and learning strategist, Sarah-Jane has worked on a diverse range of projects with leading AT software publishers. She also recently launched a new YouTube tutorial channel, Launchpad TV and is one of the people behind FindMyFlow a new online AT training resource for students.
Myles Pilling (Director): AccessAbility Solutions
Myles Pilling is an accessibility consultant at AccessAbility Solutions. Myles has over 30 years’ teaching experience. Myles was an Adviser for 10 years for a Local Authority where he operated a loan bank of ICT equipment. He is also a part-time external lecturer for Bath Spa University. He is a parent of an adult with learning disabilities. Has been involved with ICT and SEN since the early 80s and has a passion to see pupils reach their full potential through the use of ICT.
Chris Quickfall (Director): e-Quality Learning
Chris Quickfall is CEO of e-Quality Learning, a company with the mission to develop the skills, improve the productivity, and increase the opportunities available to disabled individuals. The company provides over 20,000 hours of training face-to-face, manages over 10,000 IT support contracts throughout the UK and adapts over 3,000 Windows or Apple operating systems each year for individuals needing specialist support.
Jonathan Rouse (Director): Microlink PC
Jonathan Rouse is national account manager for Microlink PC. The company, which was founded over 25 years ago, can assess, advise, supply, train and support anyone looking to break down a barrier caused by their conditions. Microlink PC supplies a wide range of assistive technology and tools while its workplace adjustment service, MiCase – is used by some of the largest corporations in the country.
David Atkinson (Treasurer): Wyvern Business Systems
David Atkinson has worked in the assistive technology industry for nearly 10 years. Initially, he worked as a trainer, gaining a reputation for good training skills, very much helped by his own experience of dyslexia. He is currently Chair of the ATSP Special Interest Group of BATA and Business Development Manager for Wyvern Business Systems .His passion for helping people with learning difficulties is said to enthuse others around him and in the last year David has designed, developed and put to market a training portal with over 300 videos and PDFs.
Matthew Dean (Co-opted): Assistive Technology Consultant
Matthew Dean is an assistive technology consultant working with clients across the education, corporate and public sectors to identify the right solution for individuals and organisations. With extensive insight into cloud-based and integrated software products, Matt has previously worked in both the DSA and corporate sector.
Paul Doyle (Co-opted): Hereward College
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.
Catherine Grinyer (Co-opted): Big Voice Communications
Catherine Grinyer is the director and owner of Big Voice Communications, a specialist inclusive communications, PR and marketing consultancy. Catherine is also chair of the CIPR’s Diversity & Inclusion Forum and was previously director of communications at Business Disability Forum.
Jack Churchill (Co-Opted) Scanning Pens
Jack Churchill is the Co-founder and CEO of Scanning Pens, the world’s leading supplier of portable pen scanners. Scanning Pens provide AT devices that support struggling readers in the classroom, exam hall and workplace. Jack takes an active interest in the fast-developing worlds of dyslexia and assistive technology.
Ian Litterick (Co-opted): Iansyst
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.
Paul Smyth (Co-opted): Barclays
Paul Smyth is responsible for identifying, anticipating and addressing technological barriers faced by disabled and older customers and colleagues in doing business with or being employed by the bank. His remit includes equipping digital and change teams with training and tools, boosting business awareness, setting/policing accessibility standards and measuring the benefits that accessibility brings.
Jodie Parkes (Co-opted) Farpoint-AT
Jodie Parkes of Farpoint-AT has been an IT Professional since 1986 when computers had a ‘big red switch’ which was often turned off and on again. This led him into Assistive Technology when he started working for AbilityNet in 2004 as a Consultant Assessor. Jodie became involved with DSA (Disabled Student’s Allowances) by helping to setup AbilityNet’s first DSA Assessment Centre. He then weent to Contact Associates managing a team of Needs Assessors in ten Assessment Centres throughout the UK. Jodie asserts that being able to spend time working with disabled students, just starting out on their educational journey, and presenting them with AT tools to help them achieve their goals is the most rewarding and fulfilling job in the world. He went freelance in 2013, concentrating again on the needs of individuals and the solutions that can help them reach their potential. Jodie now conducts DSA and workplace Needs Assessments for several centres in and around London.