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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 Mohsanali, visual 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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Fitzroy Beckford, Vice chair

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Alok Agrawal, Trustee

Alok Agrawal has been running his own business since 1983 and is currently the Chair of an IT Consultancy. He is an Electronic Engineer with B Sc Electronic (Hons) Degree from Middlesex, London. He has served as an elected Borough Councillor and he is also a Rotarian.

In the last 36 years he has held the posts of Chair, Secretary, Board member and Trustee for a number of organisations. At present he is a trustee of a number of organisations including Enfield Voluntary Action, North London Asian Care and Transport for All. He says that his wife is disabled and “transport for disabled people is very important for our life“.

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Stephen Aselphord, 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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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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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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Angela Smith, Trustee

Angela Smith has worked for over 20 years for a number of Disabled People-Led Organisations (DPOs) empowering disabled people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, Personal Assistance users, Disabled women in residential institutions and young disabled people with high support needs. She has been on the Management Committee of the Race Equality Foundation for approximately 10 years. She currently represent the REF on SCIEs Co-Production Network. Angela became a Trustee for Transport for All in October 2013. She currently works for Greenwich Association of Disabled People as an Independent Support Officer. This involves working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs, to secure the appropriate support in class.

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