Committee of Volunteers
Heather is the Access & Equality Specialist for the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She is responsible for advising on access for disabled people as employees, volunteers, visitors and supporters. Previously, Heather lived in Scotland where she worked in a contemporary art centre and completed her PhD, researching provisions in museums and art galleries for blind and partially sighted people. She has also presented at a range of conferences and published a number of articles on accessibility and the historic environment, recently collaborating on a chapter for, ‘Museums, Equality and Social Justice’, published in April 2012 by Routledge. In 2008, she helped develop the National Trust’s Jodi Award winning virtual tour project.
Katie Durand is a freelance project manager based in France. After some years working in art history publishing, she went back to university in 2009 to do a postgraduate course on digital project management at the Paris Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers. As part of the course, she spent 3 months at the National Gallery in London working on the accessibility of the gallery’s website and produced a dissertation on the accessibility of French museum websites compared to their British counterparts.
Katie is involved with on-going projects with the Mucha Foundation and BrailleNet, France’s non-profit e-Accessibility organisation. She is currently co-editing a White Paper published in collaboration with G3ict and BrailleNet and coordinating the European e-Accessibility Forum held in Paris each year.
Helen has an MA in Museum and Art gallery studies from the University of Leicester and a background in Adult Social Care. In her spare time Helen works with a group of Learning Disabled Adults in Coventry who make music and play at local events.
Pete is a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow, based in the Department of Information Studies at University College London. He has spent the last 20 years investigating the use of the Internet and other ICT applications in the fields of education, health, scholarly communication and the news media. His main interest is how people with learning disabilities can use and benefit from digital technology, and the barriers they face in trying to do so. This is the broad subject of his current (2016-2019) Fellowship. His PhD looked at how best to present and organise information on the Internet for people with learning disabilities. He has also done some work on the usability of a Virtual Learning Environment for people with learning disabilities.