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COUNCIL FIGURES APPOINTED TO DISABLED PERSONS TRANSPORT BODY

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Two Scottish local government officers have been reappointed to the Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee ...
Two Scottish local government officers have been reappointed to the Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC).

They are North Lanarkshire Council's head of planning and transportation and adviser to Cosla on disability matters, Grahame Lawson, and Glasgow City Council co-ordinator of services to blind and visually impaired people, Cath Simpson.

Today's 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 18 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

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 20 members, at least half of whom must

be disabled.

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

Reports and publications are available on the internetand in alternative formats - Braille,

audiotape and disk.

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee - Members

Jane Wilmot - 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

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

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.

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