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Manchester Airport Access Forum

Information about the members of the forum.

 

Andy Wright – Chair

Andy Wright, has 30+ years in the tourism and leisure industry. He is a wheelchair user, who has extensive knowledge and appreciation of both the public sector and corporate world. He is also a Disability Advocate for a number of UK airports, where he provides practical guidance and advice, to support and enhance their disabled passengers’ seamless end to end journey. As well as chairing a number of airport consultative committees, which are designed to build future partnerships and collaborations with local charities and disability organisations, Andy is committed to providing equal opportunities for the disabled community, by harnessing an understanding of the challenges, anxieties and frustrations faced by disabled people.

Amelya Glynn – Independent Traveller

In 1991, Amelya became ill with meningitis and dysentery, leaving her with a condition called ME/CFS. Over the years Amelya has used a wheelchair and struggled with mobility restrictions.

Amelya has worked for many years as a McKenzie friend and legal representative, speaking out on behalf of vulnerable and disabled people, in order to implement reasonable adjustments in the public sector – these are changes that organisations and people-providing services or public functions have to make if a disability puts someone at a disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person. Amelya joined the PRM forum after travelling through Manchester Airport and noting issues that affected her as a less mobile passenger, and is proud to be part of a group which strives to make accessible travel work for everyone.

Sue Clarke – Alzheimer’s Society

With a background of 30 years’ experience working in Health and Social Care, Sue has spent the last decade at the forefront of driving the dementia agenda across Greater Manchester. A keen advocate for improving public and patient experience within communities and health and social care environments, she has played an instrumental part in improving the lives of people living with dementia. Her role as Operations Manager at Alzheimer’s Society over the last 9 years has involved influencing commissioning decisions and working with local government to raise awareness of the growing numbers, poor diagnosis rates and increasing financial burden of dementia.

Libby Herbert – Colostomy UK

Colostomy UK is a national charity that offers support and advice to people with a stoma ( known as Ostomates) their families, carers and friends.

Our services are free and include:

  • A 24-hour free helpline: 0800 328 4257.
  • Information literature on all aspects of living with a colostomy.
  • Tidings, a quarterly support magazine.
  • A closed Facebook Support Group
  • An informative website: www.coloctomyuk.org
  • Over 100 volunteers (all ostomates) who take helpline calls, attend open days, give talks and visit ostomates in hospital

We also run projects to empower ostomates to return to sports, hobbies and other interests and give them the confidence to take up fresh challenges. We are advocates for ostomates’ rights and their voice on the bigger issues.

Our campaigns raise awareness and encourage organisations to make their facilities more inclusive. We joined the Accessibility Forum at Manchester Airport to help shape, influence and give guidance in the area of hidden disabilities, to make travel accessible for all. Supporting and enhancing ostomates’ wellbeing is at the core of everything we do.

Jude Sutton – JDRF

Jude Sutton is the Regional Fundraiser Northwest for JDRF, a Type 1 diabetes research charity which works to cure the disease and make life easier for those living with it. Jade became involved in fundraising for JDRF when her twin daughters were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and joined the charity permanently in 2015.

Jade hopes that her involvement with the forum will make airport travel as easy as possible for people who travel with insulin pumps, medication, continuous glucose monitors, and every variation of diabetes kit on the market.

John O’Doherty – Alzheimer’s Society

John O'Doherty was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2016. He works closely with the Alzheimers Society, United Against Dementia, and the 3 Nations Dementia Working group, which work towards influencing policy on both a local and national level.

John has been part of the forum for several months and has praised the airport for fully taking on board the advice the charity has given regarding the difficulties that people with Dementia face throughout the passenger journey.

Michelle Foster – Manchester Airport

Ashley Horsfall – Manchester Airport

Susan Dean – Manchester Airport

Michelle Thomason – OCS

Mark Whittick – OCS

Kieran McMahon – Manchester Airport AUAG

Emma Roberts – National Autistic Society

Carrie-Ann Lightley – DisabledGo

David Lodder – MS Society

Zoe Foster – Guide Dogs for the Blind

Anne Stanley – Guide Dogs for the Blind

Gary Dawson – Spinal Injuries Association

Phil Bennett – MNDA

Melanie Worthington – MNDA