Roundtable Programme

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The Programme

Registration at the Starley suite  from 12.30

1 pm Introductions

1.20 Presentations, short presentations and discussion by Panel

3.00 Tea/Coffee Break

3.30 Announcement/presentation of video competition winners

Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson (Video)

Q&A discussion from participants

4.30 Close and thank you speech with networking drinks at Museum cafe downstairs

The Panel

Andree Woodcock

Professor Andree Woodcock is the leader of the Integrated Transport and Logistics Grand Challenge at Coventry School of Art and Design. “Driving my research is the belief that applying systems-thinking and user-centred design principles drawn from ergonomics and design research can be applied to, and solve many of the societal grand challenges we face today. In this, the key for greater inclusion and recognition of the needs and contributions of all sectors of society is paramount. This requires the development and application of inclusive methods to understand these needs, in depth understanding of real people in their everyday context, and a willingness on the part of stakeholders (such as designers, municipalities and agencies) to use this information in the application and development of inclusive approaches , systems and products.”

christianeChristiane Link , founder of Ortegalink Ltd, is a successful journalist and businesswoman. Prior to Ortegalink Ltd, Christiane was an Editor at Germany’s leading news agency, German Press Agency (dpa), and a Broadcast Journalist at BBC.

As a frequent traveller and wheelchair user, Christiane is an expert in travelling with a disability. Trustee of Transport for All, she is passionate about accessible transport and strongly believes everybody should be able to travel the world. Christiane developed a Disability Equality Training for flight attendants a couple of years ago. Today she trains flight attendants of airlines and service staff of transport providers. In 2012 she was a member of the Disability engagement group for London 2012 and appeared in both Opening ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic games. Christiane will be speaking on -

 “Different countries, same issues – accessible transport worldwide”?

hearnKirsten Hearn  is a keen traveller and did a solo journey to Spain with public transport. At present she is an external member of the Office for Disability Issues Disability Delivery board and a member of the Disability Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  For eight years (from 2000), Kirsten was a member of the Transport for London Board where she championed social inclusion. Kirsten will be speaking on

 ”Why disabled people’s direct action was good for all transport users”

philipPhilip Barham is currently Director of Philip Barham Freelance Consulting Ltd, specialising in policy research relating to the accessibility of public transport for older and disabled people. Prior to turning freelance, in 2011, Philip was a Senior Associate for Transport & Travel Research, for some ten years, where his clients included the European Commission, DPTAC, the Department for Transport, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government. Philip is the Secretary of the Access Association, and also of ITS UK’s Inclusive Mobility Interest Group. Philip will be speaking on

 “Public Transport: remaining barriers and future priorities”

richard rieserRichard Rieser will be chairing the Round Table discussion. Richard is the founder of Disability History Month and the managing director of World of Inclusion Ltd and an expert disabled international equality trainer, consultant and teacher.

zaraZara Todd is active in working for youth participation such as for the Alliance for Inclusive Education. At present, she is the Senior Development Officer at the Council for Disabled Children.  Previously she was the lead on surface transport on the ​Independent Disability Advisory Group (IDAG) at Transport for London and is now frequently seen on television (ch 4) for #nogoBritain transport issues. Zara’s topic is on

 ”Transport today and tomorrow : social inclusion and social media”