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Our People

Ability 2 Access has a dedicated Board of Trustee Directors, supported by experienced and knowledgeable project leaders and external advisers.

Trustee Directors

Ken Carter - ChairpersonKen Carter - Chairperson, Ability 2 Access

A highly experienced educator and entrepreneur who is active in promoting equality of opportunity, accessibility, inclusiveness and has pioneered a variety of research and development charitable enterprises such as:
Deaf Aspirations (deafaspirations.org ),
Deaf Sports & Football Foundation (deafsportsfootballfoundation.org),
Goals4Life (goals4life.org.uk ),
Specialkidz (specialkidz.org ),
EASiTEC (easitec.co )

Trevor Bottomley - Company SecretaryTrevor Bottomley - Company Secretary

Registrar Emeritus of the University of Reading. Trevor has a son with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair with little speech. He is also Honorary Secretary of Readibus, a service for people with restricted mobility.




Stephen Spires - TreasurerStephen Spires - Treasurer

Stephen has his own extremely successful financial services company, Stephen Spires Financial Services Ltd. with 500 clients and is actively involved with investment planning, pension planning, life assurance, protection and mortgage arrangements.

Some of his clients are people with a variety of disabilities and so his commitment to IE



Sandie Lee

Sandie is the Academic and Industry Engagement Tutor at The College of Estate Management. The College of Estate Management is one of the leading online education establishments providing accredited qualifications and CPD for the Built Environment.

Sandie is responsible for the academic development of CPD and short courses and is programme leader for the RICS Adaptation route, RICS 900 hours and the CIOB CMP course. She is also responsible for ensuring the programmes of the Construction Faculty meet the current and future needs of employers and professional bodies. She originally joined the College in 1997 as the Tutor in Quantity Surveying but had a sabbatical working in Industry in the UAE for 3 years from 2009.

Prior to joining the College Sandie gained her first degree in Quantity Surveying and a Masters’ Degree in Construction Management. She has worked mainly in Private Practice in the traditional quantity surveyors’ role on a wide range of projects, gaining experience in dealing with clients and contractors from inception through to the completion of projects.


Andrew Harland

Andrew Harland is the Director of The International Examination Officers' Association (iEOA)   which has evolved from its foundation organisation the Examination Officers' Association (EOA) which he founded with a number of other teaching exam officers back in 2000. That lobby group transformed the EOA into a professional body to help represent the exams officer community in 2005 when it was registered as a charity and not-for-profit organisation.



Project leaders

Professor Brian GoodallProfessor Brian Goodall

After a rewarding academic career at the University of Reading, he is now championing inclusive access to the built environment from project briefing to management and is working on a partnership Ove Arup Project for IE and the College of Estate Management.



External advisers

Nicholas LevisonNicholas Levison - Legal

He has had a long and distinguished career as a solicitor. He is hard of hearing and provides excellent legal advice to the Trustee/Directors; and understands the importance of what IE is trying to achieve with its wide range of activities.




Professor Robert Gurney OBE - Disability

Professor Gurney has been a great supporter and expert adviser to IE since its early days. He is the Director of ESSC (Environmental Systems Science Centre) at the University of Reading; and is disabled through polio and understands the importance of accessibility and inclusive environments.



Bryan TuttBryan Tutt - Building Construction

Director of a company specializing in concrete technology and waterproofing systems and is able to draw on over 45 years experience in business and the construction industry. He feels able to offer support and advice to IE.


Helen LansdownHelen Lansdown - ICT & Deafness/Disability

Chief Executive of Deafax, which pioneers the innovative use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and delivers programmes to deaf /disabled people of all ages, teachers, employers and health professionals nationally and internationally. She advises IE on ICT within the Built Environment.



Kevin WaldieDr. Kevin Waldie – Social Inclusion

Kevin is a social anthropologist by training, and has a strong personal commitment to challenge the processes of exclusion, marginalisation, disadvantage and poverty, especially those that emerge from ill-informed and prejudicial perceptions of social difference.

Kevin previously worked as an Adviser in the British Overseas Aid Programme and as a university lecturer in development studies. He is now working as a freelance consultant, and continues to provide technical advice and capacity-building support to government and civil society organisations. waldie.info