Disabled Person’s Transport Committee Appointments

The DTI has announced the appointments of the Disabled Person’s Transport Committee. The press release can be found here, and is below.

Date: January 19, 2005 Time: 15:45

DISABLED PERSONS TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

The Department for Transport today announced the new membership of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC).

The announcement follows the statutory review of membership at the end of 2004. The twenty members bring to the Committee a combination of experience and expertise in disability and transport.

Reflecting statutory requirements and the Government’s approach to diversity in public appointments, the new Committee has 65% of members who are disabled, 45% who are women and 20% from minority ethnic communities. They also represent a wide geographical spread.

The Committee continues to be chaired by Neil Betteridge whose appointment was not subject to this review.

Notes to Editors

1. The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) is a statutory body established under Section 125 of the Transport Act 1985 to advise the Secretary of State for Transport on matters affecting the transport needs of disabled people.

2. Membership is limited to a Chairman plus twenty members, at least half of whom must be disabled.

3. Those appointed in this round will serve for a period of three years to 31 December 2007. The remaining members, appointed in 2003, will serve until 30 June 2006 and a further review will take place early next year for those appointments.

4. All appointments are made on a personal basis, rather than on the basis of affiliations. A full list of members, with biographies is attached to this press notice.

5. DPTAC can be contacted through its Secretariat at

The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DR

Telephone : 020 7944 8011
Minicom: 020 7944 3277
Fascimilie: 020 7944 6998
Email: dptac@dft.gov.uk
Website: www.dptac.gov.uk

DfT Public Enquiries: 020 7944 8300
Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk

Membership of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

* indicates new appointments made in 2004

** indicates re-appointments made in 2004

Neil Betteridge

Neil is the Acting Chief Executive at Arthritis Care. He spent many years at RADAR (Royal Association for Disability and Rehab) and is also Vice Chair of ARMA (the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance), the umbrella body for the arthritis community in the UK. He is also Vice President of (EULAR) European League Against Rheumatism. Neil has spent some years as a representative of JCMDP, the Joint Committee on Mobility for Disabled People.

Pravinkant Amin

Pravin is the Special Projects Manager in the Engineering and Transportation at the Department of Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is the President of National Congress of Gujarati Organisations and Trustee of ASHRAM (Lambeth Asian Elderly Centre).

Ann Bates**

A member since 2002, Ann is a wheelchair user who has arthritis. She is a member of the Rail Passengers Committee working closely with train companies and the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA). She is also a non-executive member of a National Health Trust and has professional involvement with both the National Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) and the Trade Union Disability Alliance.

Sean Bolton*

Sean has Cerebral Palsy. Sean is a new member who has been involved in a number of groups looking at issues concerning access for disabled people in the built environment and transport. At 23 Sean is the youngest member of DPTAC. He is a member of Scope Bristol Management Committee.

Josephine Clairmont

Josephine, a wheelchair user, is a town councillor, and former mayor of Market Rasen. She is a Trustee of RADAR and the Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association. She has held various posts with the Disabled Drivers Motor Club since 1989, and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Josephine has been a member of DPTAC since 2003.

Lekh (Vidur) Dindayal **

Vidur is an architect who has worked on access design for over 30 years. Appointed in 2002, he is a member of the Disability Appeals Tribunal, and former member of the London Regional Passenger Committee and LTUC.

Jean Dunlop

Jean is a wheelchair user and has been a member since 1997. She is the Vice-Chair of the Scottish Accessible Information Forum and Chairperson of P.H.A.B Scotland. She is a Scottish Executive nominee. Jean is also a disability equality trainer.

David Finnegan **

David is a wheelchair user who has spent fourteen years working in the access field with Merseytravel Passenger Transport Executive. He has undertaken other disability work through the Spinal Injuries Association of which he is a Trustee and he is a member of the Access Association. He also has an interest in environmental issues. He has been a member since 2002.

Julie Giles

Julie is Managing Director of Westlands Associates Limited, and is also a freelance transport advisor. She is the former Operations Director of West Midlands Travel, where she gained extensive first hand experience of the transportation issues facing disabled passengers. She is Chair of Governors for Penn Hall Special School. In a voluntary capacity she has a wide experience of transporting and supporting disabled students at various events, this includes her 13 year old son who has Cerebral Palsy. Julie has been a member of DPTAC since 2003.

Roger Hewitt

Roger is deaf. He is Opportunities for Volunteering Projects Manager for the United Kingdom Council on Deafness, Treasurer and Trustee of the Deaf Broadcasting Council and a committee member of TAG and the Royal Shakespeare Access Advisory Group. He is also a Freelance Trainer, Researcher and Consultant for Deaf Issue. Roger has been a member of DPTAC since 2003.

Grahame Lawson

A member since 1996, Grahame has been involved in transportation for over 30 years and has had a particular interest in disability issues for 15 years. He undertook a lead role in the recent review by DPTAC of the Blue Badge Scheme. Grahame is Head of Planning and Transportation with North Lanarkshire Council and is an adviser to Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) on disability matters.

Jenny Meadows

First appointed to DPTAC in 1995, Jenny is the former Executive Director of the Community Transport Association and has a long professional and voluntary involvement in community and voluntary transport services.

Alan Norton*

Alan is a new member. He is a wheelchair user and recently took up the role of Director of the Disabled Living Centres Council. He has worked in the voluntary sector, actively engaged in disability issues for the last ten years, specialising in transport and access to the environment. He is a disability advisor for the Community Legal Services in the Northwest region.

Thomas Martin Pey **

Tom is blind. He is Director of Policy for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and a trustee of the Royal London Society for the Blind and chairs its governance committee. He is currently lead DPTAC member for taxis and private hire vehicles. He was appointed to the Committee in 2002.

Katherine Phipps*

Katherine is a new member. She is currently the Head of JMU Access Partnership, a pan-disability access consultancy service supported by RNIB. She has been working in the access field for several years at JMU, and previously at RNID. She was a member of DIEL (the Advisory Committee on Telecommunications for Disabled and Elderly People) and is also a member of BERG, the DRC led Built Environment Research Group based in Scotland. Katherine has a particular interest in the requirements of deaf and hard of hearing people stemming from her own experience of becoming severely deafened.

David Pugh **

David was a regional industrial organiser for the Transport & General Workers Union (TGWU) specialising in passenger transport and a former bus driver. He is a lay member of the Employment Tribunal Service and a member of the Disability Rights Commission Mental Health Action Group. David is the Convenor of the Mental Health and Transport Group, a trustee of the Manic Depression Fellowship and a member of Mind. David, who was first appointed in 2002, was the first DPTAC member with mental health interests.

Keith Richards **

Keith is Head of Consumer Affairs at ABTA with special responsibility for access issues. First appointed in 2002, he was a member of the DfT Air Access working group responsible for producing the Code of Practice on air travel for disabled people. Keith is also on the European Civil Aviation Conference Facilitation working group on air travel for disabled people.

Laura Smales

Laura is the “Involving Young People” Youth Worker at Surrey Council and has a keen interest in transport issues for young people. Spending a year on secondment to DPTAC as part of the Workable scheme. She is an active member of a Peer Training Project and a Millennium Fellowship Award Winner with the British Council for voluntary work within the community. She also undertook a work placement with Sheffield Children’s Hospital focusing on the psychological and social effects of long term health issues in young people. Laura campaigns for the awareness of hidden disabilities, some of which she has herself. Laura has been a member since 2003.

Kate Smyth

Kate, who was appointed in 2003, is a freelance regeneration, economic development, housing and disability advisor. She is currently undertaking various projects for Rochdale M.B.C, Tameside M.B.C, Cumbria County Council, Groundwork NW, the North West Training and Development Team which works with people with Learning Disabilities, and, Learning and Skills Council Lancashire. She is a Board Member of Calico Housing and North West Disability Arts Forum. Kate is a wheelchair user.

Carol Thomas

Carol has been involved in the access field for many years, initially working for Disability Wales, and more recently as part of JMU Access Partnership RNIB. She has been a DPTAC member since 1999, and has chaired the Education and Training Working Group for the last two years. Carol is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Access Association, and sits on the management panel of the National Register of Access Consultants. She provides the secretariat for the Joint Committee on Mobility of Blind and Partially Sighted People. Carol represents DPTAC on the Wales Transport Forum.

Richard West

Richard is deaf and has a learning disability. He is a member of GLAD. He works with CHANGE dealing with transport issues. He helps the organisation look at information to make it more accessible for people with a learning disability, along with other bodies such as Transport for London. He has been a member since 1999 when he became DPTAC’s first member with a learning disability.

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Roadshow: Disability Discrimination Act – are you complying?

On 1 October 2004 the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 changed significantly. The changes affect shops, cafes, restaurants, libraries, doctors’ surgeries, banks, pubs, in fact any organisation that provides a service to the public. The aim of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 is to improve access to services and The Equality Commission (NI) has organised a series of Roadshows and Seminars to give guidance to businesses and disabled people about what the changes will mean.

Information Roadshows are taking place in shopping centres throughout Northern Ireland as follows:

18 November 2004 Erneside, Enniskillen
25 November 2004 Ards
1 December 2004 Craigavon, Rushmere
9 December 2004 Europa Bus Station
16 December 2004 Forestside, Belfast
13 January 2005 Newry, The Quays
27 January 2005 Foyleside, Derry

Voluntary and community organisations can also avail of the Equality Commission’s training seminars, which highlight the steps groups can take to comply with the Act, looking not just at physical features of buildings, but also at how services are delivered.

To find out more please write to or visit Equality House, 7-9 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DP, email: information@equalityni.org, tel: 028 9050 0600 or textphone: 028 9050-0589.