Disability consultancy specialising in inclusive services, products and facilities

Since 1995 Mary-Anne has worked as a disability consultant with her own clients and as an associate of Minty & Friend, David Bonnett Architects and Freeney Williams.

Her son James got her into this! James has Down's Syndrome and her experience and frustrations as a carer to James and other family members made her determined to raise people's awareness of the issues faced by disabled people, break down barriers and open up opportunities.

Mary-Anne has the reputation of being a 'fixer'. Having worked with businesses on employment issues, she has more and more focused on inclusive customer service in which she now specialises.

To provide a source of complementary skills and experience, Mary-Anne has strong links with a number of highly respected disability, diversity and accessibility consultants. Her much valued collaborators include:

Kay Allen, David Bonnett, Phil Friend, Simon Minty, Fiona Morden, Kate Nash and Rick Williams

To enable us to provide a full service in the area of inclusive customer service and products, we also have a few specialist associates whose skills and experience complement our own.

Specialist associates

Robert Weymss
Robert is a leading E-Business Web Accessibility Specialist and Chair of the Business Taskforce on Accessible Technology. Currently head of accessibility for a national organisation and responsible for implementing strategy and changing mindsets throughout the business, working with technology suppliers, digital agency's and developers.

Robin Ellis
Robin has a First Class industrial design degree from Loughborough University and a Masters in ergonomics from The University of Birmingham. He has been working as an ergonomics, design and usability consultant since 1998 helping clients to create products, retail environments and workplaces which are easier and more efficient to use, and provide the optimum user experience. Robin is a registered member of the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors.

Dr John Gill
John has worked for over 40 years in the area of scientific and technological research for people with disabilities. His research has included the design of fonts, public access terminals, tactile communication, orientation systems, automated production of braille and large print, and access to telecommunication systems and services. John specialises in the needs of disabled and elderly people, including assistive technology and inclusive design and his services include consultancy on the accessibility of information and communication technology systems including smart cards and biometric systems.

Nick Vessey
Nick is a highly creative product designer with a proven track record for identifying and translating unmet needs into compelling product experiences, helping clients achieve commercial success in return for their investment in design. His support extends to all aspects of any new product development; from initial planning and strategy, research and competitor analysis, to taking advantage of market trends and emerging technologies, concept generation, prototyping, full detail development, managing manufacturing, UI, packaging and point of sale.

 

Client feedback

 

“Mary-anne has supported me on a variety of projects ranging from disability research to delivering training programmes. Mary-Anne has both versatility and flexibility to embrace any challenge to help deliver projects to time and on budget no matter what the task.”

Kay Allen
Head of Social Policy and Inclusion, Royal Mail Group

 

“Dedicated, hard-working, with a real eye for detail. Mary-Anne is someone I've come to rely on totally. She always provides a very high quality of service and nothing is ever too much trouble. 

Phil Friend
Phil & Friends (previously Minty & Friend)