Policy Business Partner
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Helen is a member of the National Register of Access Consultants and has held various positions within the disability field for the past 24 years. Since 2001 she has provided subject matter expertise for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Guide Dogs). Her current role is Policy Business Partner - Built Environment and Services.
She has considerable experience of pan-disability access consultancy but specialises in visual impairment issues with a particular emphasis on promoting inclusive built and street environments though policy and research activity. This has included producing best practice guidance on the importance of pedestrian crossings for people who are blind or partially sighted.
Helen has advised on some major projects across the UK. These include the Olympic Park Legacy and the guidelines developed from it; Exhibition Road in London; Elswick Square in Ashford; Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush; Cardiff Transport Interchange and the Edinburgh Tram development. This has involved working with architects, designers, planners and civil servants over the years on specific schemes or in the development of guidance. She has also been involved in national initiatives including acting as co-facilitator at a workshop sponsored by the Department of Transport which kicked off the process for revising national guidance on tactile paving.
She is also an experienced trainer with proven expertise in access and inclusion in a multiplicity of settings.