After a career in military telecoms based in the UK, Kevin became involved in user experience through Digital TV — supporting the deployment of set-top boxes in places as diverse as Brazil, Israel, and Hong Kong. The differing languages alone gave him an appreciation of diversity that is rare in the technical sphere.
On emigrating to NZ and spending eight years with the Blind Foundation’s technology team, Kevin gained an appreciation of wider diversity and the issues that blind and deafblind users face. As an acknowledged expert on assistive technology and accessibility, Kevin works with the technology and civil society sectors to create a more accessible experience for all. He is currently employed two days a week as an Accessibility and Usability Specialist by Foster Moore and consults for Access Advisors (and privately) the rest of the week.
Kevin has governance experience through five years on the executive of the Canterbury Railway Society, two as President. This required both financial controls and safety/legislative compliance (NZTA in particular). He led the production and adoption of a new constitution during this time.
Kevin’s accessibility skills were further acknowledged by appointment to the committee designing and writing the International Association of Accessibility Professionals certified professional qualification.
He is a member of the IAAP and the Institute of IT Professionals.