Meet the team
Favourite mode of transport: On a bus while it’s crossing the river Thames, either northbound off to a museum or southbound home to my cats.
Campaigns and Policy Manager
Favourite mode of transport: On the train, while enjoying the view.
Insights and Advice Manager
Favourite mode of transport: Walking! For longer distances, a super off-peak train.
Community and Membership Manager
Favourite mode of transport: Buses when not too crowded.
Research and Insight Officer
Favourite mode of transport: An off-peak HS1 train – gets me from Kent to London in just 20 minutes!
Policy and Research Officer
Favourite mode of transport: Walking, or if going further, the Thames Clippers boat- ideally in a seat right next to the window!
Project Lead: History of Accessible Transport
Favourite mode of transport: Definitely the train. Designated chill out time while the world whizzes past.
Information & Advice Support Supervisor
Favourite mode of transport: As a wheelchair user I have to say that the DLR is my favourite (if not perfect) form of travel in London.
Research and Communications Assistant
Favourite mode of transport: If I’m in a rush – the tube. And I’m usually in a rush…
Favourite mode of transport: I love the Tube. It’s fast, frequent and iconic. We need more step-free stations!
Dr Amy Kavanagh
Favourite mode of transport: I love travelling on the London Underground, the turn up and go service gives me independence and confidence as a blind Londoner. Also Guide Dog Ava loves escalators!
Favourite mode of transport: It was cycling before my ski accident, so now the next best thing for a Canadian like me is taking a double decker bus!
Favourite mode of transport: I like to get places quickly; I don’t see the point in dawdling. So, depending on accessibility and availability my favourite forms of transport are the train, tube, or walking (in my electric wheelchair).
Board of Trustees
Alan Benson MBE
Favourite mode of transport: Tube – Travelling beneath London’s streets is still amazing.
Alan is a leading disability campaigner featured on the Shaw Trust’s Disability Power 100 list of the most influential disabled people for three years. He also sits on the Board of London Travel Watch, Ruils and co-chairs the DFT’s Inclusive Transport Stakeholder Group. He is also a regular tweeter!
Bhavini works at London Vision, a charity supporting Blind and Partially sighted people across the capital. In her spare time, she runs workshops and writes blogs to raise awareness of sight loss in the Asian community, and share her experiences of being a Guide Dog owner.
Luisa is originally from Portugal. She is a full time carer for her mum in addition to being disabled herself. She has been advocating for disability rights for years and is particularly passionate about the rights of disabled migrants.
Karl’s particular interest is streetspace: he advocates for clear pavements as a necessity for pedestrians and for controlled crossings so that anyone can safely cross a busy road. He’s our expert on everything from bus-stop bypasses to dockless bikes and e-scooters. He’s also the Treasurer for NFBUK.
Favourite mode of transport: Power chair, because I use it all the time and it works outside and in. Also Underground: Because it’s usually fast and not affected by traffic or weather.
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 TfA’s website. Inspired by this, he began to get involved at TfA to help people better understand accessible options, and to improve access overall.
Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979 and worked in practice until retiring from full-time working in 2014. He now divides his time between his wife’s children’s nursery, a few clients that he has retained and voluntary work.
Favourite mode of transport: Top of the bus, right at the front
Kirsty joins the board after leading TfA as the CEO for 2 years. An experienced charity leader and strategist, Kirsty has spent her career raising awareness of issues that impact on people’s lives through integrating lived experience, public policy and service delivery. She is currently the Chief Executive of Metabolic Support UK.
Glyn Kyle MBE
Favourite mode of transport: Used to enjoy travelling around the country by train, and the speed of the London Underground, but now find buses less of a challenge.
Glyn Kyle is a former independent board member of London TravelWatch. He has a long-standing interest in Older Peoples’ issues, and is currently co-chair of Age UK East London. He is chair of Southside Rehabilitation Association and chair of the Greater London Authority Inclusive Design and Access Panel for older and disabled People.