Board of Directors

The NADP Executive Board and Administrative Office will maintain a range of activities designed to increase potential members' knowledge of NADP and its conferences and other activities. The Board and Office will also actively seek new staff groups who might benefit from our activities.

In undertaking those activities NADP will seek to collaborate with other appropriate organisations (eg those with aims similar to NADP) and engage proactively with other professionals across the sector.

Paddy Turner ( Chair )

Paddy trained as a British Sign Language Interpreter and successfully completed a degree in the subject from Wolverhampton University. He has worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 1998 in just about every facet of disabled student support from support working as an interpreter or note-taker, through co-coordinating support, DSA needs assessment, advising, teaching, writing, training and researching - he is now an education developer focusing on inclusive practice. He believes firmly in keeping the aim of creating an inclusive student experience as the guiding principle in all that he does and is having a ball tackling the cultural and practical change agenda within learning, teaching and assessment.

Having been part of the initial working party that gave birth to NADO in 1999/2000, he has enjoyed returning to the Board of the more mature and now well established, NADP. He represents NADP in both the BIS and SFE Stakeholder Groups, and has been an active member of the accreditation scheme working group. Paddy tries at all times to work on behalf of members, reflecting your views and representing your interests. He believes in building good relations, working collaboratively and listening with an open mind to different viewpoints and opinions

Mat Fraser (Honorary President)

Mat Fraser is a multi disciplinary performing artist and writer, presenter, and occasional conference chair. He has been working in the world of disability portrayal in the arts and media for over 25 years, and became president of the NADP when asked by Nicola Martin and Beverly Fraser, because he passionately believes that young disabled people should be given more not less chances as they negotiate the world around them, and the NADP are a wonderful umbrella organisation that can really give that help




John Conway (Treasurer)

John ConwayDr. John Conway has been Disability Officer at the Royal Agricultural University since 1999, managing the support provision for disabled students, mainly with dyslexia, and also responsible for developing inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies.

As a full time academic he also has a direct impact on teaching and assessment methods through membership of the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Academic Board, as well as contributing to a project team working to develop holistic student support services.

John believes very strongly that access to education is a fundamental human right not to be restricted by irrelevant dis-abilities. He joined the NADP board in 2006 to help to drive this agenda forward.

John has recently been appointed as Chairman of STEM-DC, a committee composed of representatives of the top sicentific societies, which aims to identify and remove barriers to participation in science, tehcnology, engineering and maths subjects.

John is also a member of the executive comittee of ADSHE, thebody representing hte interests of dyslexia tutors in HE.

Ann Crocker-Smith

Ann is a member of CHESS which is a planning group and represents CHESS on the deaf education support forum. This provides a vital link between further education, higher education and adult education for deaf education.

Her philosophy is promoting students' independent choice and learning whilst providing them with a safe environment to learn and practice the co-ordination skills, which they need in order to manage communication support, needed for their working life.



Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones has worked in the disability support field for over 20 years and in HE disability support since 1983, joining London Guildhall University (now city campus of London Metropolitan University) to take up the post of Equal Opportunities Adviser.






Brian Lutchmiah (Co-opted Director)

Team Leader, Student Wellbeing Service, University of Derby Buxton and Buxton and Leek College.

Brian leads a team of specialist staff offering a wide-ranging and holistic service to FE and HE students within a split campus environment, providing support to students ranging from 14-16 provision through to Postgraduate level, and inclusive of disability, mental health and funding.

With experience working in social care provision as well as education, working extensively with NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and pre-NEET cohorts previously, Brian has been co-opted to the board with a focus on broadening NADP engagement with the FE sector, and contributing to the development of FE support for our membership.


Nicola Martin

Dr. Nicola Martin has just taken up her new post at London South Bank University Formerly the Director of Wellbeing and Disability Services at the LSE and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at The University of Cambridge working on a project with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. Prior to the recent LSE appointment she was a Principal Lecture at Sheffield Hallam University leading the Centre for Disability and Diversity Studies and The Autism Centre.

Nicola has a very strong commitment to disability equality as a human rights issue and important aspect of social justice. She has worked in education with disabled people across the age range continually since 1976, has 4 relevant degrees, a range of specialist qualifications and a string of publications which articulate a social model perspective on disability.

Research interests include inclusive practice in further and higher education, emancipatory work with students who have Asperger syndrome, and disablism in performing arts. She has lectured in Australia, New Zealand, USA and many UK universities.

Val Morgan (Co-opted director)

After returning to study as a mature student and graduating with an M.A. in Industrial Relations/Employment Law, Val worked as a consultant, which included representing people taking cases for unfair dismissal at Industrial Tribunals; advising Personnel departments regarding policy; carrying out Health & Safety surveys.

In 1987, she entered the world of education, and worked in the adult, further and higher sectors over the following years as a case worker and then as a Head of Service.

Since 1988, Val has set up and developed 3 Disability Services in 3 different institutions, beginning by working alone and then expanding the services and managing a team of disability support staff.

In 2008, Val returned to her home town of Bournemouth as now works as a freelance DSA Assessor.

A member of NADP since its inception as NADO, Val has served on the Board for several years and is now a co-opted Board member, with specialisms in conference and personnel matters. Many of you may well know her as one of the people on the registration desk at most NADP conferences!

As a Board member of NADP, she would like to continue to contribute to the work of the Board and members, drawing on her 25+ years experience, in order to support their invaluable work with disabled students and staff, often in difficult times and situations.


Peter Quinn

Peter Quinn is now Student Services Manager at York University having previously been Head of Oxford University's Disability Advisory Service responsible for Disability related academic study support throughout the Collegiate University of Oxford where chaired the University's Buildings and Estates sub Committee on Access, advising Oxford's Colleges on disability issues and was recently on the University's Working Party on Specific Learning Difficulties along with Professors Maggie Snowling and Kate Nation. He contributed to a Casebook on Successful Diversity Mentoring to be published by McGraw Hill in 2012.

Pete is a trustee for Kids.Enjoy.Exercise.Now (a charity which provides access to sport for athletes with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire), a steering group member for the Oxford Student Mental Health Network and a member of the MCR of St Antony's and Kellogg College. Pete provides financial and material support to Moshi Technical Secondary School and other schools in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania and is a Careers Mentor to his former secondary school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. When not at work or spending time with his two young children, Pete can often be found in a kayak on the Oxford Canal or learning more about African Masks.


Karen Robson

Karen Robson, Disability Service Manager at Cardiff Metropolitan University, established the Disability Department at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 1998 to respond to the needs of disabled students and has responsibility for the development of policy and provision for currently approx 1400 disabled students, in addition to managing the Assessment Centre.
She has also provided lecturing input on education courses delivered at Cardiff Metropolitan University and undertakes staff training both at Cardiff Metropolitan University and on behalf of other institutions/organisations within a wider consultancy remit, presenting at UK and international conferences.  In 2002 she co-authored and published 'Accessible Curricula: Good Practice for All, which was disseminated throughout the UK HE sector by the forerunner to the Higher Education Academy as sector best practice guidance in addressing the duties under SENDA.  She has also developed a range of good practice resources, including undertaking research on behalf of the Disability Rights Commission. She was Chair of Skill Wales between 2001 and 2006 and sat on both the Skill HE Working Group and Skill Council until its demise in 2011. She joined the NADP Board in 2005.
Karen's extra curricula interests include supporting disabled veterans and she advises the GB Army on the rehabilitation of disabled soldiers in Wales.  With a long standing interest in international development she undertakes voluntary work in Rwanda annually, most recently advising on mental health provision for students.

Elaine Shillcock

Elaine has worked in post-16 education for over 25 years, both in further and higher education.  For the past 12 years she has led, managed and developed the disability service at the University of Manchester which has responsibility for supporting both disabled student and disabled members of staff.  Elaine has knowledge and experience of both the DSA and Access to Work processes.

Elaine has a postgraduate qualification in Management Studies and is a member of the Chartered management Institute and is an Accredited Member of NADP.  She has also trained as a mediator and is a member of University of Manchester mediation service.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith is the Disability and Dyslexia Service Manager (Policy and Planning) and West London Assessment Centre Manager at Brunel University in Uxbridge.
Martin has worked with disabled people for 38 years, originally working in Mental Health services he then qualified as an Occupational Therapist and worked for over 20 years in Social Services departments as a Senior OT, Team Manager, Commissioning Manager, Head of Adults Services and Director of Disability Services (including, briefly, working as Acting Director of Social Services).
Martin joined Brunel University in 1999 to set up the service for disabled students. Now Brunel has one of the largest teams in the country and also has a large group of Support Workers, an Assistive Technology Centre and an Assessment Centre so that the full range of Services can now be offered to students on site. This holistic range of support services was always the aim and has been very well received by its users. The service won the THES award for Services to Disabled Students in 2008.
Martin is a staunch advocate of the Social Model of disability. He is a Trustee of the local association of disabled people (DASH) in Hillingdon, was a member of Skill's Council and their HE working party and joined NADP at the starting of NADO in 2000. He has been an external examiner and has worked on HEFCE and ECU projects on inclusive teaching and on disabled students’ participation. Martin led on the production of the first DES at Brunel and has spoken at many conferences on Legislation and Good Practice, Access and other disability related matters.


Deb Viney

Deb Viney is the Diversity Advisor for the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) which is an independent college within the federal University of London. The School is one of the most diverse institutions in the UK in terms of both staff and student ethnicity with more than 200 nations represented.

Deb's SOAS role includes addressing issues relating to age, disability, ethnicity / race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity, especially the activity which results from current and forthcoming legislation for both staff and students.

After graduating from Portsmouth as a mature student in Psychology (1989) Deb gained a wide range of experience including working in neuropsychology and later in Psychiatry - primarily on a haemophilia and HIV project considering the cognitive and emotional effects of infection which formed the basis of her M.Phil. thesis (which was finally published in 2007!).

Deb also taught part time in psychology at all levels from GCSE to post-graduate. From 1997 - February 2006 Deb was the Disability Co-ordinator and later Head of the Disability Service at the University of Southampton, where she drew on all of her psychology skills and academic experience to develop a service with a national reputation for excellence.

Deb represents NADP on the HEFCE disability strategy group

Christine Werrel

Christine Werrell is the Disability and Dyslexia Service Manager at Cardiff University. The Service offers students a full range of support and includes the DSA Assessment Centre Cardiff.

Christine has worked in several areas of disabled student support since 1999, including study skills tuition, DSA needs assessments and disability advice. She was the Disability Co-ordinator for the University Wales College of Medicine, having responsibility for institutional policy and developments, before the College merged with Cardiff University. Working in a small specialist health focused HEI has given Christine an interest in the relationship between professional bodies, disability discrimination and education.

Christine believes in creating an inclusive environment in which disabled students feel supported to face the academic challenges of higher education and completed her MSc Equality and Diversity research project on the inclusive curriculum. Christine was Chair of Skill Wales and member of Skill Council from 2006 until its demise in 2011.

Mike Wray

Mike Wray is the disability manager at York St John University. He was previously senior policy officer and national co-ordinator for the National Disability Team (NDT) and in the context of widening participation with Action on Access.
During his time with the NDT he oversaw 23 HEFCE-funded projects in a range of HEIs in England which developed disability services and numerous resources within higher education (HE).
He has also worked as the project manager of a highly successful CPD project which developed online modules and resources for teaching and learning staff in HE.
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