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.
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
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
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 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
DPTAC can be contacted through:
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
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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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
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.