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 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
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.
The first part of my career was managing multidiscipline teams in the Electronic Design & Manufacturing Industry, starting as Design Draughtsman and Project Manager specialising in Computer Aided Design for printed circuit boards and plastic enclosures.
In 2001 I changed career to work in the 3rd sector as Regional Operations Manager for Arthritis Care – North England. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and was able to transfer many of the skills used as a Project Manager.
While at Arthritis Care I specialised in the delivery and development of self-management programmes for people with arthritis and long term condition which lead to contract negotiations with NHS commissioners and health professionals.
For the last 15 years I have been in senior management roles within the voluntary sector ensuring corporate aims and objectives are achieved. Currently General Manager at the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre in Leeds, responsible for a team of OT’s and support staff providing independent clinical assessments and information to aid daily living.
I am passionate about self-management of long-term conditions and the patient voice in health care education. As part of this I volunteer at University of Leeds as a Patient Mentor working closely with tutors delivering communication skills and principles of Co-production in Healthcare to medical students and junior doctors.
I have been married for 36 years and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren keeping me on my toes.
Her career has developed within the NHS, working in different roles, including Primary and Community Health Care, and Neuro-rehabilitation. Sandra has always remained committed to driving and outdoor mobility as being key within a health care setting. She sees one of her main achievements as influencing the build requirements for the Centre, based on the national standards required for an Accredited Mobility Centre; this resulted in the integration of driving and outdoor mobility within the specialist neuro-rehabilitation service provision based at Walkergate Park. Sandra has served previous terms of office on the Forum Board; being instrumental in the format of the Accreditation Process in earlier years. Her areas of special interest include working with colleagues to develop a national dementia pathway and the co-ordination of the Driving Mobility Expert Panel. She is currently involved in facilitating the development of European standards for driving assessment, presenting at the CIECA (International Driver Testing Association) Congress in Norway in 2017.
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.
Prior to qualifying as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) in 2005, I worked as a graphic designer for an International Publishing House. This required working in large teams of creative people – all with strong and differing perspectives – to achieve a level of compromise which suited everyone within a set deadline.
Fast forward to 2008, I joined what was then Southampton Mobility Centre as a Driving Advisor. At that time the Centre was in its infancy and over the last 10 years I’ve been privileged to play an instrumental role in the growth and development of the Centre.
Quite different roles you might say; however, both roles require the same key skills: to question, listen, problem solve and be able to communicate one’s point as well as recognising and respecting the views of others. This is what I can bring with me to the board, alongside my operational viewpoint as an ADI.
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.
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.
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 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.