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Introducing Transport for All’s Board of Trustees

Transport for All’s Board of Trustees is a group of nine Disabled and older people who are elected at our Biennial General Meeting. As TfA’s lead representatives they are responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the charity.

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Alan Benson, Chair

Alan is a disability campaigner and activist with a particular interest in transport. As well as Chair of Transport for All he is a Trustee of Richmond RUILS and sits on the Board of London TravelWatch. He is a regular tweeter and blogs about his journeys when time allows. Before turning to campaigning Alan was an I.T. Manager at various colleges and universities across the country for over twenty years. He holds two degrees in Economics because one just didn’t seem enough. He lives in West London without any cats or dogs.\r\n

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Luisa Ferreira, Treasurer

Luisa has been active in Lambeth with carers and learning disability groups. She has been a carer since she was seven years old, looking after her sister, who had profound multi-learning impairments, as well as looking after her parents. She was involved with several campaigns and was very active when Lambeth Council began severe cuts to adult social care in 2007, followed by further cuts during the period of the coalition government.

Luisa joined TfA in 2007, after TfA helped her sister with her disabled persons parking bay, and become a trustee soon afterwards, a role in which she is still very much involved on a daily basis. She helped with the anti-disability-hate-crime policy in Lambeth as well as facilitating the British Transport Police in signing up to Mencap anti-disability-hate-crime charter. She is very passionate about this issue as her sister was targeted because of her disability and found that there was hardly any support by the local authority and the police at the time. While part of the Independent Advisory Network she took every opportunity to highlight the difficulties that Disabled passengers face when using public transport. For five years, she was a committee member of both the Mencap London Regional and the South East committees. She has been very active in improving the lives of her community. She has joined a tenants’ management group, the first of such groups in England, where they negotiated with the government for three years on the terms of management policies. These terms became active in 1997. She was a very active member until 2009, dealing with day to day management issues, contracts, negotiations, HR and finance. During this period, Luisa was involved with the first regeneration programme in London, where their community was transformed from a depressed estate into a safe and welcoming community. She was very vocal about suitable housing for Disabled tenants, and about accessibility. Due to her efforts their estate is one of those with the highest proportion of specially designed accessible properties.

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Mohammed Mohsan Ali, Vice chair

Mohammed Mohsan Ali, visually impaired, has been a trustee of Transport for All since 2012. He has been a campaigner and activist since 2008 and has worked on many campaigns and projects across the UK. One of his biggest campaigns included taking his local council to court over tactile paving. It was a three and a half year legal battle and he was successful in the High Court in 2012. As a campaigner, he has built relationships and networked with key members of communities and policy makers throughout London over the years. This enables him to provide support to individual members to become more confident in speaking to their local councillors and decision makers. His experience also allows for him to have experience in campaign strategies, which are successful at both a local and a national level.

Mohammed can also assist in setting up local meetings between members and service providers to come together in order to discuss barriers and find solutions, as he has previously represented blind and partially sighted people at local and national ministerial meetings.

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Stephen Aselford, Trustee

Stephen Aselford is a former council sheltered workshop employee, and a campaigner for better transport in South London. He is a member of mobility forums and a trustee of Transport for All

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Karl Farrell, Trustee

Karl Farrell found TfA representing NFBUK London Branch and Hackney Disability BackUp at TfA events for over ten years. He has a deep interest in public transport and can’t resist a train journey. But in the last four years Karl felt he needed to speak up for clear pavements as a necessity for pedestrians in a healthy community and for controlled crossings so that anyone can safely cross a busy road. For the past two years, Karl has represented TfA on the Transport for London Bus Stop Bypasses Working Group. He’s very pleased that now more people cycle but feels cyclists have too much on main roads at the expense of pedestrians. He believes accessibility should be the standard build in the public realm.

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Anahita Harding, Trustee

Anahita Harding is an artist and campaigner who was born and raised in London. She has a BA in Fine Art; Philosophy, and an MA in History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East. Currently she works with different organisations, charities and museums to create exhibitions that are accessible for Disabled and older people. She has been working with NDACA (National Disability Art Collection Archives) to create the first exhibition in the UK centred on art and disability activism. In addition to Transport for All, Anahita has campaigned with DPAC and is a member of Sisters of Frida and Youth for Change.

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Jeff Harvey, Trustee

Jeffrey is an IT consultant who thought the Underground was off limits to him due to his wheelchair until he read about Manual Boarding Ramps on the Transport for All website. Inspired by what a difference reducing one of his journeys by an hour by taking the Tube instead of buses could make, he began to get involved at TfA to make sure people know about things which are currently accessible, and to make things more accessible. He previously lived near the Jubilee line but now lives near the Victoria line.

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Claire Lindsey, Trustee

Claire is an advocate and campaigner for people with autism and hidden Impairments. She became interested in transport and access when she was working with the Department of Health and local government bodies in helping with their implementation of the Autism strategy. She wants to raise awareness with transport providers and other passengers around hidden impairments.

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Victoria Nurse, Trustee

Victoria is an advocate and active campaigner with a special interest in access rights of those who are D/deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is a member and volunteer for several Disabled people’s organisations and regularly meets councillors and MPs to raise further awareness to have equal access in housing, transport and everyday living. Victoria has previously been involved in Disability Equality Training for managers at London Underground and frequently attends mobility forums. She is currently aiming for a similar programme at her local bus station to provide better access to walker and rollator users.

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Gwynneth Pedler, Trustee

Gwynneth is an electric mobility scooter user as well as using an electric wheelchair. She travels regularly on all forms of public transport including planes so has had plenty of experience with the barriers, hurdles and attitudes that Disabled people face every day of their lives. She became Disabled in 2002 after a car accident. In 2002 she became involved with a group called Transport for All (Oxford} and so began her campaigning career. Later she became Chair and was also elected to become Chair of Oxford City Access Forum. She was also Deputy Chair of an organisation called Unlimited that worked closely with Oxford’s Social Services Department. She is also an active member of The Access Association and Disability Rights UK. Moving to London 4 years ago, she quickly joined Transport for All and has carried on her campaigning not only about transport but also issues that deter Disabled and older people from accessing the environment such as A(advertising)Boards that litter the pavements and are an obstacle to visually impaired people as well as wheelchair users. The lack of dropped kerbs has also been an issue she has tackled. She is a confident and experienced public speaker ;at the House of Lords and represented TFA in giving evidence to the Select Committee on The Equality Act 2010 and Disability.

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Patrick Roberts, Trustee

Patrick is a professional building services design consulting engineer with 35 years’ experience. He has worked with acclaimed architects such as Lord Foster and has successfully completed award winning projects and has led high profile projects nationally and internationally. He is also a Trustee for Extant, Britain’s leading professional performing arts company of Blind and Partially-Sighted performers, bringing a unique cultural perspective of visual impairment for performers and audience. Community involvement has included reviewing Transport for London’s road and transport redevelopment strategic plans, in particular Stockwell Cross in 2014 and Vauxhall Cross in 2016, identifying the challenges for Disabled pedestrians based on TfL’s proposals, and providing effective solutions. He has worked collaboratively with his boroughs libraries to provide assistive digital technology facilities, equipment, training and support for blind and partially-sighted people. These projects have seen in 2016 St Thomas and Guy’s Hospital trial the operation of a Low-Vision Clinic hub within his local Library. He has been a co-opted School Governor, serving as Chairman, and has also managed and coached a non-league football team. Patrick was registered severely visually impaired (blind) in 2009 and took ownership of his guide dog Rufus in 2013.

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