Executive Director retires after six-year tenure

11 December 2020

The British Assistive Technology Association today announced that John Lamb, the organisation’s Executive Director will be retiring in March 2021.

Lamb has served in his current role since July 2014 and was previously a council member for two years. He joined BATA at its inception in 2011. As Executive Director he was responsible for liaison with outside bodies and communicating with members, besides undertaking various administrative duties.

During Lamb’s time as Executive Director, membership increased by more than 50%, and BATA established a series of Special Interest Groups reflecting the concerns of the Association’s broadening membership. The Groups have played a major role in promoting AT in education and the workplace and helping members come to grips with the requirements of overseas markets.

Lamb played a major part in providing content for BATA’s website and organised BATA’s outreach programme: manning BATA’s exhibition stands, speaking at conferences and managing BATA’s own events.  He was closely involved with BATA’s successful campaign to extend zero rate VAT to digital products for disabled people.     

“John has devoted ten years to BATA and his dedication and achievements will not be forgotten,” said Rick Bell, Chair of BATA. “He has served under three chairs and in that time has played a major role in establishing BATA as a key player, championing the AT ecosystem.”

Deputy Chair Antony Ruck said: “During my tenure as Chair John contributed a great deal to what was a team effort to drive BATA forward with increased membership, better services and campaigns that benefitted AT users.  His enthusiasm, experience and communications skills were invaluable in achieving our goals. Personally and professionally, I am hugely grateful for all his support and hard work, and wish him the very best for the future.”

Lamb published and edited Ability Magazine, which reported on developments in assistive and accessible technology for over 20 years. For most of his career he worked as an IT journalist, editing a number of titles including Computer Weekly, Computer Age and Information Week. 

“My time at BATA has been very satisfying,” said Lamb. “I have enjoyed working with a dedicated group of people who have done a lot to further the cause of assistive technology. Despite our slender resources we have been able to advance the awareness and understanding of an often-overlooked branch of technology among policymakers, professionals and disabled people in general. I am particularly pleased that we were recently mandated by the World Health Organisation to conduct a survey of assistive products in the UK.”

BATA is the leading organisation representing the interests of assistive technology users and of those who work with them. It campaigns for the rights of those needing assistive technology, and provides expert and impartial support and advice to government departments and agencies. BATA aims to educate and inform people of the benefits of assistive technology and to promote British assistive technology products and expertise at home and overseas. The organisation also works to develop the professionalism of those working with assistive technology.


Contact info:

Rick Bell, Chair of BATA


07710 085891