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Martin Stevens - Chair

Martin Stevens

Following his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis, in 1995, he volunteered at local level for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In the 20 years since that he has volunteered at all levels of the MS Society, finishing a board term in December 2013.

He is currently serving as a Trustee for the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

In addition to a lived experience of disability and that gained through volunteer work nationally and internationally, he has a range of business skills gained from the workplace. His background is in accountancy and business management with a large multinational.

Martin lives with his wife, Margit, in Cheshire, they have two teenage children.

Lucy Aliband

Lucy Aliband

I have lived with experience of disability following a severe car accident in 2005, which put me in hospital for over 2 years and left me with substantial physical difficulties. 

I started my career as a corporate London lawyer. After 5 years in Private Equity, I moved into corporate finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  It took me a while to discover that I wanted to make a positive change to other people’s lives.  I sought to work for a charity, but was so narrowly specialised, I needed to re-train.

So I did a two-year MBA at London Business School. Thereafter, I worked for a large American NGO, initially in Washington DC, before being promoted to S.E. Africa as regional representative.

Living in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, I had full executive and financial responsibility for a US $7 million (p.a.) programme spanning three countries with 100 employees located across five.

I raised over $7m annually (through meeting with governments, ambassadors, foundations and local partners), managed the budgets (restricted and unrestricted) and decided which initiatives to pursue. For example, I launched an HIV–focused (agony aunt style) problem page in Lesotho’s only newspaper.

In Africa, it can be very easy to get bogged down in the minutiae day to day running of local offices.  I drew upon my learning from London Business School to think strategically.

I have a sound understanding of law, finance and strategy.

I want to be part of Disability Rights UK because I believe that there is an increased need not only for the defence and development of disabled rights, but also for empowering disabled people themselves. 

I am immensely proud to be part of the effort to bring equality and participation to all and will use my best efforts to contribute to DRUK’s efforts to bring equal participation to all.

I am a firm believer in a grassroots approach.  If we join together, our voice will be strong.  DR UK are unique in championing this principle.

Roger Berry

Roger Berry

Roger has been actively involved in the disability rights movement for many years. He is Chair of the Avon and Bristol Law Centre and Vice-Chair of Action on Disability and Work UK, and has served as a trustee of numerous organisations, including Disability Alliance and the Disability Law Service.

Roger was the MP for Kingswood (Bristol) from 1992 until 2010, during which time he campaigned on equality issues and, in particular, for disability rights. He was Secretary and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group and introduced a number of bills on disability issues, including the Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill.

Previously he was a Lecturer in Economics at the Universities of Bristol, Papua New Guinea and Sussex, and served on the former Avon County Council for 12 years, as Deputy Leader of the Council, Leader of the Labour Group, Chair of Finance and Chair of Equal Opportunities.

Professor Michael Bromwich

Michael Bromwich

Michael Bromwich was the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ Professor of Accounting and Financial Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1985-2006 and still teaches at LSE. After qualifying as an accountant with the Ford Motor Company he took a BSc(Econ) degree at the LSE in 1965.  In 1970 he was appointed the first Professor of Accounting at the now University of Cardiff and was then Professor of Finance and Accounting at Reading University from 1977 to 1985.  He was voted ACCA/AA Distinguished Academic of the year in 1999. He is active in the profession, has served a term on the (then) Accounting Standards Committee and is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (1987/88) and currently serves on CIMA’s Technical Committee. He was the Accounting Advisor to Office of Fair Trading. His most recent book is Management Accounting: Retrospect and Prospect (2010) Elsevier. He was Honorary Treasurer Disability Alliance, 2007-2011 and is now a trustee of Disability Rights UK.

Daniel Holt

Daniel Holt

Daniel has enjoyed roles with Spokz People, Being Disabled in a Normal Society, Disability Rights UK, British Institute of Human Rights and Queen Mary, University of London’s Students’ Union, Legal Advice Centre and Pro Bono Society. Daniel is undertaking a Masters of Law in Human Rights at the Centre for Commercial Legal Studies.

He has technical knowledge and experience in discrimination and disability law, mental health law, privacy and information law, administrative law and UK, supranational and international human rights law.

Daniel has also undertaken several campaigns to improve accessibility at Queen Mary. One led to an equality and diversity policy being enacted and another was awarded as ‘Campaign of the Year 2013’ after leading to £400k being dedicated to improving accessibility on campus. He has also led teams that have published guidance on discrimination rights.

Daniel is Founding Director of Being Disabled in a Normal Society, a platform for peer-to-peer support and information on disability rights, accessible venues, social events, sporting activities and holiday venues.

Kush Kanodia MBA

Kush Kanodia MBA

Kush Kanodia, has a lived experience of disability.  He is a graduate of the Radar Leadership Programme in 2010. Kush had the honour of being a Paralympic Torch Bearer in London 2012 as part of the Disability Rights UK Torch Bearing Team. Kush was selected due to his dedication to disability rights and his ability to inspire. Kush has delivered speeches in Parliament in relation to disability and the legacy of the Paralympics and was a role model for the government Office of Disability Issues in their ‘Inspire a Generation’ project. Furthermore, Kush has an MBA with Distinction with Honours from Kent Business School.

In 2012 in the Houses of Parliament, Kush was elected as a trustee for the charity Level Playing Field, which focuses on making sporting stadium accessible for disabled people. In 2013, Kush was also endorsed as a trustee for the charity AbilityNet, which focuses on making technology accessible for disabled and older people and also has corporate trustees including Microsoft and IBM and also organises the prestigious Tech4Good awards.

Kush has the skills and experiences to make a real and lasting change for the lives of disabled people and is honoured to serve as a trustee of Disability Rights UK.

Ian Loynes

Ian Loynes

Ian is the Chief Executive of SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living. Formed in 1984, SPECTRUM, based in Southampton is one of the oldest CIL’s in the UK and one of the most nationally proactive and recognised.

Ian’s formal education specialised on the then emerging computer revolution; he ran his own Computer Consultancy business for 15 years before moving to Hampshire in 1994. Shortly after this he joined SPECTRUM to develop Direct Payments Support Services, taking the Chief Executive’s role in 1998.

Ian is actively involved with several other organisations controlled by Disabled People. He was a Trustee for the National Centre for Independent Living; and has been a Trustee of Disability Rights UK since they formed in 2012.

Ian has also served on a number of influential bodies, locally, regionally & nationally. Ian served on the Independent Living Scrutiny Group (Office of Disability Issues) and co-founded SENDPO (the South East Network of Disabled People’s Organisations)

Ian is evangelical about the Social Model of Disability, the importance of a strong and vibrant Disability Movement, and the development of User-Led Organisations. Ian views these as tools to enable the emancipation of Disabled People from the daily discrimination and oppression they face. Ian is a strong supporter of the move away from Disabled People’s traditional reliance and association with ‘charity’, being viewed as objects of pity and institutional based service provision.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith

I have worked with disabled people for over 40 years. First as an Occupational Therapist in Mental Health and then Social Service settings and progressing through being a Senior OT, Team and Commissioning Manager and Director of Disabled Peoples Services.

For the last 15 years, until I retired at the end of 2014, I have been a manager of the Disability and Dyslexia Service and three Assessment Centres at Brunel University. I started the service up at Brunel in 1999 and it is now one of the largest services in the country and has won a number of awards, including the annual Times Higher HE  award, Trailblazers awards and recently the BDF 'Know how' award.

I am also a Trustee of a very active local association of disabled people (DASH in Hillingdon) and am on the Board of the National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP). I have been undertaking both these roles for many years.

I have spoken at conferences in the UK and abroad about 'Access for all', equality legislation and the social model, disability history, widening participation, setting up and managing services and accessible environments, etc.

I have worked with a huge number of disabled people over their individual needs and aspirations and I am also a trained Mediator and Conflict Coach.

I experienced major surgery 20 years ago and live with some ongoing health implications of the condition that made this necessary.

I am passionate about the 'Social Model' of disability and have strongly advocated this during the 40+ years that I have worked in setting up, delivering and managing a wide range of services for and with disabled people. I have used legislation as well as the business and moral cases when arguing for the rights of disabled people to lead full and independent lives. Overcoming physical and attitudinal barriers is what I care strongly about. The notion of 'independent living' is fundamental to all my beliefs in working - for people to live with dignity, self direction and fair choice is crucial to me.

I have led on projects working with disabled people moving out of rehabilitation and long stay settings where ILF, then Direct Payments, were used by the individuals to employ PAs. I have a detailed knowledge of the DDA and the Equality Act and have written policies, presented reports and then set-up and managed resources that resulted from this work. I have been involved in assisting the setting up of disabled peoples peer support groups in various locations and strongly support the need for service users voices and views to be central in any organisations work. I took part in an ECU project over a year concerned with increasing the involvement of disabled students with how services are organised and delivered. At University the aim has always been for disabled students to participate fully and to fulfil their individual potential.

Hence I have managed large service teams and worked in partnership with disabled people and with national and local organisations at a senior level where my commitment to the equality of opportunity for disabled people has been total.

Rob Trent Bsc

Rob Trent

Rob was born with a disability and attended a special school throughout his entire school education. After attending a residential Further Education college Rob later left home to continue into Higher Education. During this time he was supported by Community Service Volunteers, and gained valuable experience of living independently.

Having once been advised that career opportunities would be severely restricted, Rob then got his first job at Southampton General Hospital, as a Computer Scientist, and soon after became an early user of what is now known as the Direct Payments Scheme.

Rob currently works for Ordnance Survey, where he developed a career in IT, and obtained his B. Sc. in Information Systems.

As part of a deliberate career decision to broaden his skills, Rob became a Governor of Treloars, in Alton Hampshire, which is a special school and college which has the long-term goal to create a world where physically disabled young people learn to take control of their lives and dare to dream. Rob has used his life experiences to help inspire students, and his IT skills to help benefit Treloars.

Rob is also an Executive Director of Access Advisr Ltd, a business which has a vision of making difficult journeys easier for people with disabilities.

Rob has previous experience working with organisations including the Football Association where he contributed to improving stadium facilities for people with disabilities, and the Civil Service where he was an Assessor for Civil Service development programmes.

Although occasionally told it was not possible, a long held dream for Rob was to be able to drive. Thanks to the Motability scheme Rob successfully applied for funding to enable him to drive a vehicle from his wheelchair and has been driving for 10 years. His hobbies include painting, watching football and reading.

Jacqueline Winstanley BSc hons

Jacqueline Winstanley

  • Founder Universal Inclusion & The Inclusive Entrepreneur
  • Chair FLUIDITY Uk Forum for Hidden & Fluctuating Conditions
  • Advisor to International Council of Caring Communities
  • Pink Shoe Club Ambassador & Diversity lead
  • Virgin Start Up Mentor

I am a Global Disruptor & Innovator with a deeply held and proven conviction to increasing equality of access to life’s opportunities. 

Becoming a Trustee would allow me to contribute to a high achieving national board, in an area I am passionate about. My passion for the objectives of DR UK are evident in my career to date, from both an unlived and lived perspective of disabled people, through to my absolute commitment to reduce these inequalities, which has transformed me from the time I opened the very first inclusive play and childcare scheme in Bolton, to the internationally recognised thought leader I am considered to be in this area.

I have reached a point in my life where I am actively seeking a role on a national board where I can put my skills and experience to good use as part of my portfolio career, I am looking for a Board position which will challenge me and allow me to make a positive contribution. The role offers me an opportunity to work within a high achieving team, who ask questions and contribute in gaining consensus with a strategic plan. The role offers a perfect balance between time commitment and ability to influence the strategic plan.

I have proven myself to be an effective ambassador with the organisations I currently represent. I have developed excellent interpersonal skills which this role would allow me to utilise in support of the strategic plan. I am a strategic thinker and always see the bigger picture. With a track record in developing and sharing good practice in this area, I am not afraid of change and the challenge this sometime brings within a board.

I believe I have the skills to identify the need for, and to support the organisation and people through change processes, while retaining clear objectives and focus.