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Antony Ruck

Antony Ruck (Chair): Assistive Technology Consultant

Antony Ruck has worked in the AT industry for over 15 years at senior management level, working with manufacturers, publishers and service providers to deliver first class products and customer experience. Now working as a freelance AT Industry Consultant, Antony provides information, advice and guidance on service delivery, operations, commercial development, sales and marketing, and event management.


Matthew Dean

Matthew Dean: Assistive Technology Consultant

Matthew Dean is an assistive technology consultant working with clients across the education, corporate and public sectors to identify the right solution for individuals and organisations. With extensive insight into cloud-based and integrated software products, Matt has previously worked in both the DSA  and corporate sector.

Shirley Evans

Shirley Evans: University of Worcester

Shirley Evans is a researcher at the University of Worcester. She has worked in the field of inclusion and education, with a specialism in technology for over 15 years as a practitioner, manager and policy shaper.

Mark McCusker

Mark McCusker: Texthelp

Mark McCusker is the CEO of Texthelp Systems Ltd since 1998, during which time Texthelp has evolved to become a world leader in the provision of assisitve technology for struggling readers in multiple geographic markets.

Muzzamil Lakhani

Muzzamil Lakhani: Fram3

Muzzamil Lakhani, who has a master’s degree in computer science, is the founder of high tech start-ups Fram3 and WhatAData. He is also an executive board member of the charity Bristol Disability Equality Forum and runs a technology helpline for the British Computer Association of the Blind.

Noel Duffy

Noel Duffy (Treasurer): Dolphin

Noel Duffy has been Managing Director of Dolphin Computer Access Limited since 2007.  Dolphin delivers independence (through a range of software and services) to people with vision and print disabilities.  Dolphin supports customers in over forty countries with a staff of 70 people located in the UK, US and Scandinavia.

Terry Waller

Terry Waller (Secretary)

Terry Waller is an Independent Education, Inclusion and Technology Consultant and a Trustee of Deafax. Previously he was Head of Inclusion Policy at Becta, where he held a range of SEN and inclusion management posts (1990-2011). Prior to that he was an education and children's librarian in several local authorities.

Graham Coiley

Graham Coiley (Co-opted): Amanotech

Graham Coiley is the Business Director of Amano Technologies; supplier of Assistive Technologies based in the South West. With a background in health and education he is currently a Community College Governor and has a teaching role in Further Education, thus seeing first-hand the positive impact of technology in education.

Sal Cooke

Sal Cooke: Independent

Sal Cooke was until recently Director of JISC TechDis. Having worked in the transport industry for a time, Sal returned to teach in Schools, Colleges of Further Education and the University Sector in Yorkshire and Humberside. Sal was seconded to various national agencies including the then Department for Education and Skills, working on the e-learning programmes and the Harnessing Technology Strategy. Currently Sal is personally particularly interested and involved with the work of the Independent Specialist Colleges sector.

Paul Doyle

Paul Doyle: Hereward College

Paul Doyle has been engaged in the field of Assistive Technology since 1995 in a variety of operational and strategic roles. He currently manages the Access Centre at Hereward College (which played an integral role in the origin and development of the Disabled Students Allowance programme).

Paul also leads a team of researchers undertaking projects in and around the field of assistive technology, with objectives as diverse as capturing the user experience of innovations in AT to workforce development requirements projects for the assessment and installation of telehealth and telecare assistive technologies.

John Lamb

John Lamb (Executive Director): Ability Magazine

John Lamb is publisher and editor of Ability magazine, the long-established publication about technology for disabled people. As a journalist John has covered information technology developments for nearly 40 years. He is a member of the BCS Digital Accessibility Specialist Group and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists' Accessibility Panel.

Ian Litterick

Ian Litterick: Iansyst

Ian Litterick founded iansyst Ltd in 1983 and is currently Executive Chairman. iansyst has specialised in technology tools for dyslexia and disabilities since 1995 and publishes the web site amongst others. He Chairs the BATA DSA suppliers group. He is committed to improving access to text and learning for reading impaired people through the Right to Read Campaign and by bringing appropriate Assistive Technology to the mainstream.

Myles Pilling

Myles Pilling: AccessAbility Solutions

Myles Pilling is an accessibility consultant at AccessAbility Solutions. Myles has over 30 years’ teaching experience. He is a parent of an adult with learning disabilities. Has been involved with ICT and SEN since the early 80s and has a passion to see pupils reach their full potential through the use of ICT.