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New appointments to the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC)


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Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

New appointments to the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC)
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date
29 Jan 2002 00:00
source Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
type Press release



The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions 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 2001 which involved extensive consultation with disability and transport interests. As well as bringing a combination of experience and expertise in disability and transport, the new Committee also includes members with experience of the built environment to reflect DPTAC''s extended responsibilities.

Jane Wilmot has been re-appointed to the Chair for a second term. Jane was the first woman and the first sensory impaired person to Chair DPTAC.

Reflecting statutory requirements and the Government''s approach to public appointments the new Committee will have 76% of members who are disabled, 43% who are women and 10% from ethnic minority communities.

Those who have been reappointed to the Committee will serve for a period of eighteen months, until June 2003. New members will serve for a period of three years until 31 December 2004. This establishes a new cycle of appointments and should provide more continuity within the Committee.

Notes to editors

1. A full list of members, with biographies, is attached to this press notice.

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

3. DPTAC can be contacted through:

The Secretariat Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions 1/18 Great Minster House 76 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DR

Telephone: 020 7944 8011 Minicom: 020 7944 3277 Facsimile: 020 7944 6998 E-mail: dptac@dtlr.gov.uk Website: www.dptac.gov.uk

4. Reports and publications are available on the Internet at http://www.dptac.gov.uk and in alternative formats - Braille, audiotape and disk. These too are available from the DPTAC Secretariat.

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee - Members



Jane Wilmot OBE - Chairman

Jane is deaf and has been a member since 1995. She is experienced in working with deaf and disability organisations (including RNID) over several years, on meeting the transport needs of disabled people. She was the first woman and the first deaf person to chair DPTAC. She is also a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport and an observer on the Disability Rights Commission.

Jean Ashcroft MBE Jean has a mobility impairment, due to rheumatoid arthritis, and uses a wheelchair. She is a former Director of Policy and Campaigning at Arthritis Care and is now a Public Policy Design Consultant on access, transport, mobility, packaging and product design. She is involved with The Forum of Mobility Centres, the Joint Committee on Mobility of Disabled People, Ricability and the Office of Telecommunications. She has been a DPTAC member since 1992.

Ann Bates Ann is a wheelchair user who also has arthritis. She is a member of the Rail Passengers Committee working closely with train companies and the SRA. She is also a member of a National Health Trust and has professional involvement with both the National Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Further and Higher Education (NATPHE) and the Trade Union Disability Alliance. She is a new appointment.

Sian Baldwin Sian is the Access Policy Officer for the Built Environment and Transport at RADAR and has worked in the access field for a number of years at both local and national level. She is a new appointment.

Anthony Peter Barker, OBE Peter who is blind, has been a member since 1992, and is Chair of the Built Environment Group. He is a professor of Inclusive Environments at the University of Reading and formerly head of the JMU/Access Partnership.

Michael Bruton Michael is a wheelchair user. He is the former Executive Director of the Disabled Drivers Association and is much involved in rambling for disabled people. He is a new appointment.

Lekh (Vidur) Dindayal Vidur is an architect who has worked on access design for over 30 years. He is a member of the Disability Appeals Tribunal, and former member of the London Regional Passenger Committee and LTUC. He is a new appointment.

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.

David Finnegan David is a wheelchair user who has spent twelve years working in the access field with Merseytravel Passenger Transport Executive. He has undertaken other disability work through the Spinal Injuries Association. He also has an interest in environmental issues. He is a new appointment.

Alan Hartley Alan is a wheelchair user and has ten years experience with health related organisations. He is Chairman of the Association of Community Health Councils in England and Wales and also a member of the National Group on Ambulance Design. He has a past career as a coach driver and instructor and leads holidays abroad. He is a new appointment.

Janet Seymour Kirk Janet has mobility impairment. She is a Parish Councillor, Governor of a local primary school and works on a voluntary basis for AMICUS-MSF mainly on disability and employment issues. She is also Co-Chair of the Labour Party Disabled Members Group. She has been involved in a number of rural transport and heath related committees. She has been a member since 1999.

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 is Head of Planning and Transportation with North Lanarkshire Council and is an adviser to CoSLA on disability matters.

Peter Lee Peter is the Managing Director of a bus company. He has been closely involved in disability and transport issues for a number of years. He has been a member since 1999.

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

Thomas Martin Pey Thomas is blind. He is Director of Policy for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. He is a Member of the Joint Mobility Unit Partnership Strategic Committee, Pets Passport Advisory Committee at DEFRA, and of the Family Services Committee at the Royal London Society for the Blind. He is also a Trustee of the Royal London Society for the Blind. He is a new appointment.

David Pugh David was a regional industrial organiser for the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) specialising in passenger transport and a former bus driver. He is a Trustee of the Manic Depressive Fellowship and a member of Mind. He is a new appointment and the first DPTAC member with mental health interests.

Keith Richards Keith is Head of Consumer Affairs at ABTA with special responsibility for access issues. He is also a co-opted member of the RNIB Leisure Services Committee. He is a new appointment.

Cath Simpson Cath is visually impaired. She has been a member since 1995. She is a co-ordinator of services to blind and visually impaired people for Glasgow City Council. She is also a Scottish Executive nominee.

Carol Thomas Carol has been involved in the access field for many years, initially working for Disability Wales, and more recently as part of the JMU Access Partnership. She has been a member since 1999. Carol is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and National Register of Access Consultants, and she has served on the Access Committee for Wales and the Access Association for Wales for many years.

Glynn Vernon Glynn is a wheelchair user, and is a freelance consultant in Disability Issues, Diversity, and the Voluntary Sector and a former Vice Chair and member of Scope''s Executive Council. He is also a member of the National Care Standards Commission. He is a new appointment.

Richard West Richard is deaf and has a learning disability. He works with CHANGE on transport issues. He also helps CHANGE look at information to make it more accessible. He has been a member since 1999 when he became DPTAC''s first member with a learning disability.



Public Enquiries: 020 7944 3000 DTLR website - http://www.dtlr.gov.uk



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