Our Board

An introduction to the board members of the Wheelchair Alliance

Who we are

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tanni is one of the founder members of the Wheelchair Alliance. As a Paralympian and wheelchair user she has campaigned tirelessly about a number of issues including Accessibility, Equality and Welfare Reform.

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Nick Goldup

Nick Goldup

Our Chair is Nick Goldup who is Director of Care Improvement for the MND Association. Nick has a wealth of knowledge about wheelchairs having spent some years working for Whizz-Kidz too.

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Jon Sawford

Jon Sawford

Our vice Chair is Jon Sawford, the Director of Services at Whizz-Kidz. He brings great expertise in service delivery and is passionate about disability awareness and employment for young people amongst other things.

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Jean Waters

Jean Waters

Jean is one of the founder members of the Wheelchair Alliance. As a wheelchair user she actively campaigns to improve services for disabled people and their carers and chaired the working groups that developed and reviewed the Wheelchair Charter.

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Krys Jarvis

Krys Jarvis

Krys is a founder member of the Wheelchair Alliance and has a passion for improving wheelchair services. She is the Lead for Shropshire Wheelchair Service and until recently was the Chair of the National Wheelchair Managers Forum.

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Raymond Hodgkinson MBE

Raymond Hodgkinson MBE

Ray is one of the founder members of the Wheelchair Alliance. His experience covers virtually all aspects of healthcare and he was the Director General of the British Healthcare Trades Association for 16 years.

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Richard Earl (MIPEM, RSci, RCT)

Richard Earl (MIPEM, RSci, RCT)

Richard trained as a Rehabilitation Engineer and is an expert in wheelchairs and specialist seating, he has worked in both the NHS and private companies for over 29 years. He also brings lived experience to the Alliance as he spent sometime as a manual wheelchair user.

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Pauline Matheson-Marks

Pauline Matheson-Marks

Pauline is the Head of National Care for the MND Association. She is heavily involved in ensuring people with a rapidly progressing neurological condition get the most appropriate wheelchair, which considers current and future needs, at the right time.

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Vickey Kowal

Vickey Kow