Board - Driving Mobility


Yvette Bateman, Chair

I qualified as an OT in 1989 and worked in many areas including care of the elderly, stroke rehabilitation and neuro-rehabilitation before joining East Anglian DriveAbility. I am committed to improving the client experience of our services and ensuring that we are always challenging what we do to ensure best practice. I enjoy educating others about our services and have a keen interest in cognition and neuro conditions.

Sean Lawrence, Honorary Treasurer

I commenced training as an ADI shortly after my 21st birthday and completed it before my 22nd. I then worked for Hertfordshire Action on Disability (HAD) as a Driving Advisor for 10 years, during which time I played an important role in developing the service and in establishing satellite centres in Dunstable, Yiewsley and Watford.

In 2017 I successfully applied for the vacancy of Driving Centre Manager at HAD and I have recently been promoted to the role CEO of the company. Having worked in the driving, mobility and charity sector for more than 10 years, I hope my knowledge as an Assessor – as well as my experience of being a Manager – will enable me to make good decisions as a Board member of Driving Mobility.

Edward Trewhella, Driving Mobility CEO

Edward has been the respected and valued CEO of Driving Mobility since 2017. Prior to this most recent appointment, Edward worked at Cornwall Mobility as the Chief Executive.

Edward has experienced a diverse career working in the nuclear, pharmaceutical and software industries, focussed on technology and communications, which culminated in international directorship at Oxford Brookes University. He also has in-depth experience of the charity sector having served as a volunteer in various charities as a Trustee and as Chair. He also served as a Chief Executive of a trade association. This rich background has empowered Edward to deliver real value to the charity, its personnel and service users – particularly with top level strategies and effective institutional relationships.

Since his appointment in 2017, Edward has thrived in the role, his passion is fulfilled everyday as Driving Mobility gives back to the community through the enablement of people with a disability. His proven leadership skills have synergised with the ‘phenomenal team we have nationwide’ as he puts it – together delivering real change in terms of inclusion and independence.

Alan Norton

Alan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Into Independence Ltd – a consultancy focused on disability and equality training, access audits, promoting independent living and assistive technology. He previously served as CEO of Assist UK for nine years. He is a full-time electric wheelchair user and lives independently, travelling extensively and using most forms of transport. He spent most of his working life in finance holding a senior position for a multinational battery manufacturer.

Alan has a vast amount of experience of assistive technology, especially regarding adaptions to vehicles and has worked closely for many years with the directors and staff of Motability. One of his key achievements, was that he helped Capita procure a multi-million pound contract for providing benefit assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions.

In addition to being a Trustee of Driving Mobility, Alan currently sits on many advisory groups including the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions, PIP), D4D (Devices for Dignity), JCMD (The Joint Committee on Mobility for Disabled People), Disabled Living Manchester, Shopmobility, and is Chairman of DMUK (Disabled Motorists UK).

Ann Frye OBE, BA, FCILT, FCIHT, TPP, Vice Chair

Ann Frye is an international specialist in the area of mobility of disabled and older people.

Ann advises national Governments around the world and has worked with the United Nations, The European Commission, and the International Transport Forum. Ann has worked in this field for over 30 years; until 2006 she headed the Department for Transport’s Mobility & Inclusion Unit where she took the lead on research, legislation, and policy to promote the mobility of disabled people.

Ann devised and operated the The Mobility Roadshow and set up the Government’s own Mobility Centre and the funding programme for similar centres around the country.

Paul Graham

Paul initially gained experience at the Mobility Advice & Vehicle Information Service driving assessment centre on his third placement as a student in 2003, and qualified as an occupational therapist from Brunel University in 2004. Paul went on to join the QEF Mobility Service in 2005 and soon became the senior occupational therapist at the service which now has a large therapy team to implement the Driving Mobility standards.
Paul has created various courses and given talks to a broad range of external groups, facilitated good working relationships with stakeholders including the annual DfT, and he participates in Driving Mobility working groups, and he is now a mentor for students undertaking the new Oxford-Brookes course. His clinical knowledge and experience of working at a busy mobility centre means he will ensure he is be able to provide sound guidance and support to the charity.

Sian Mitchell

My name is Sian and I am currently employed as the Office Manager for South East DriveAbility based in Maidstone. I have worked for the service since 2018 through which time I have faced a great deal of challenges, especially through a particularly turbulent time for the NHS as well as Driving Mobility centres. I relish new opportunities and I look forward to being part of the growth and future of Driving Mobility as I accept a position on the Board.

Anne O’Shea

Anne is an Occupational Therapist whose career has spanned 50 years of practice including:

  • clinical commitment in various fields of practice
  • training of occupational therapists and assistants
  • representation on various Boards for Standards of Practice
  • participation in and contribution to committees and working parties within the NHS, voluntary sector, charitable organisations and private practice.

My interest and contribution in treatment has been predominantly in the field of physical disease and disability. Treatment aimed towards recovery from or adaptation to problems of mobility and loss of independence in all spheres of daily living. I have also had some caseloads in the field of Mental health.

The psychological approach to problem solving, clear assessment and communication goes hand and hand with a knowledge of the effects of physical needs, communication problems, sensory loss and understanding of adaptation.

I have worked across the age range.

Specialist knowledge in the treatment of long term paediatric conditions, including cerebral palsy. As well as working privately and on programmes in schools concentrating on perceptual training and treatment of mild sensory and physical co-ordination problems.

The understanding of permanent disability and necessary change considering life roles and responsibilities such as family member, breadwinner, etc.

Rehabilitation, including sport, for wheelchair users of all ages.
Adaptation considering age related changes in physical, psychological and mental capacity. Peak times being teenagers entering the adult world and the elderly as age related conditions develop.

I have contributed to research and standards of practice both in South Africa and Cornwall.

Rachel Odell

My career began in the field of Countryside Management, working for West Devon Borough Council in 1994. Diversifying slightly, in 1996 I moved to Southampton to take a job as a Visitor Services Manager in a busy Country Park. My role here involved working with visitors of all ages to ensure that their day out was safe and enjoyable.
Despite the fact my office was in a draughty old barn, I loved the job so much, I stayed for over 20 years. However, in late 2017, I was ready for a new challenge and when I saw the Centre Manger job at Wessex Driveability advertised, I knew it was right for me.
It’s been a steep learning curve and every day seems to bring something different. However, I’ve been able to apply many of the skills developed through my previous roles – namely focussing on clients needs and giving them the best experience possible, listening, problem solving and negotiating. I hope that I can apply these skills as a Board member too and am looking forward to getting started.

Annie Wallace-Stanley

Prior to becoming an ADI, I spent 19 years in Secondary education as a Middle Leader, Head of Department and teacher of Art and Technology. It was quite a transition becoming an ADI in 2015 and subsequently an Advisor in 2017.

Since starting my role I have liaised with the DVSA, challenging coding issues and initiating training for our local examiners, to ensure better communication with ourselves, local ADI’s and a more consistent client service. My vision as a member of the board would be to promote this collaboration and engagement.

I am passionate about ways to support clients post assessment and between assessments to keep them driving safely for longer. To ensure that we are engaging with our local GP’s, Memory Clinics, OT networks, rehabilitation programmes, ADI’s and other relevant individuals / organisations to provide a consistent nationwide service that can support our clients prior to and post assessment.

Chris Jones

Before joining The Wales Mobility and Driving Assessment Service (WMDAS) in 2006, Chris spent over 17 years within the Petrochemical Industry as a Design Engineer. He engaged with a number of technical roles within a range of fascinating engineering projects throughout the world.

Following a career change in becoming an Approved Driving Instructor during 1998, whilst running his own adaptive vehicle driving school, he was appointed by WMDAS as a Driving Adviser.

Chris quickly applied his engineering passion and technical knowledge in providing specialist driving solutions for a variety of clients with complex vehicular access and driving needs.

Chris is a driven individual working closely within a small multi discipline team. He continues to be passionate with his involvement of complex driving needs and providing an independent driving solution for a variety of clients.

He is looking forward to the new challenges of a newly appointed board member and representing the Welsh Assessment Service.

Andrew Swain

Prior to working in the driver training industry, Andrew was completing his higher education which included an HND in Business and finance and Degree in Business Administration.  He worked in the retail sector while studying and intended to pursue a career in retail management until the company he worked for was bought over and made redundancies.

Andrew qualified as a driving instructor in 2003 and started his own driving school, which is still running.  A year later, in March 2004 he started working with Disability Action’s driving school.  He very quickly developed a passion for helping disabled drivers and went on to train in the area of medical fitness to drive assessments.  He is now the lead driving assessor at Disability action and is studying towards a Masters, through Chester University.

Steve Dent

Steve became an Approved Driving Instructor in 1993.  He joined Regional Driving Assessment Centre (RDAC) in 2006 and in 2010 became part of the management team.  Steve has attended many training courses specific to the mobility sector and uses this knowledge to develop staff within RDAC.  This keenness to assist others in their development led to him becoming an Associate Tutor at University of Chester and also studied and achieved his Masters in Leadership and Management in the Mobility Sector.

More recently, Steve has joined the CIECA Education Topical Group where his involvement will help inform future testing standards for drivers in respect of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Having now joined the Driving Mobility Board of Trustees (2020), Steve will be able to provide the communication link between Driving Mobility, the University and CIECA.  With vast knowledge and experience in the Mobility Sector, Steve is proud to join the other DM Board Members where he will ensure he provides sound guidance and support to the Charity.

Steve Perry

Steve has worked in the mobility healthcare sector for over 40 years for a variety of manufacturers, importers and exporters, retailers and distributors. This has also included working on product development in the Far East to ensure products met all EU, TUV and FDA regulations for international and home markets.
Working with manufacturers and importers in all healthcare and mobility, Steve has been dedicated to improving information and guidance available from our industry, working with healthcare professionals, consumers and other sector stakeholders. Steve recently worked for the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) developing their sections Get Wise leaflet range, publications and their new website design in 2020.
For several years, Steve has been working closely with the aviation sector and through this, has worked with Graham Race (QEF) on the Tryb4uFly programme, which led to them producing the “Get Wise to Flying with a Disability” information leaflet. Working closely with the mobility industry, airlines and airport handling companies, Steve developed and maintained the “Air Transport Information” section of the BHTA website for the mobility industry, updating product data important for the safe carriage of mobility products in airline holds. He continues to engage with the sector to improve information for travellers with disabilities and mobility impairments.
Steve is an active member of the PWMS (Powered Wheelchair Mobility Scooter) project steering group, working with the team to develop a national training scheme to certify trainers in the basic assessment and operational tuition of Class 2 and 3 mobility vehicles.
Steve worked closely with Driving Mobility, on behalf of BHTA, to ensure a smooth transfer of the National Federation of Shopmobility business, and intellectual property in 2020. He re-introduced the NFSUK scheme printed directory in 2017, to help promote schemes nationwide.
Steve has been a mentor for apprentices throughout his career, and recently guided two apprentices through their programmes to completion in Digital Marketing and Communications, including social media.

Vicki Parker

I am an Occupational Therapist / Clinical Assessor at Derby DrivAbility.

I qualified in 2003 from Derby University and have since undertaken further post graduate training obtaining a PGCert in Occupational Therapy

Prior to joining the team at Derby I spent 16 years working on acute hospital wards where I was the Specialist OT for the inpatient amputee service. This frequently involved covering the high dependency units and supporting of colleagues from different specialties who may not be confident assessing and discharge planning this patient group.

Although I have only been at Derby a short time I particularly enjoy supporting and enabling our clients in the process of returning to driving or being able to go out with their families again. At Derby we work closely with our armed forces, and I love nothing more than being able to give something back those that sacrifice so much for us to allow them to now move forward onto the next stage in their recovery journey.

Out of work I enjoy taking my lovely dog out for a walk, and as an avid rugby fan I have a season ticket for Leicester Tigers so you find me most weekends cheering them on.