Meet our Accessibility Panel
Throughout the creation of our flagship technology Passenger Assistance, we have collaborated with disabled passengers at every stage. Our accessibility panel, which is made up of people with a diverse range of accessibility needs, have been pivotal in shaping the way our technology works.
Sarah Rennie, Chair
Sarah chairs our Accessibility Panel. She is an Accessibility Specialist, with a particular focus on transport. Sarah doesn’t drive so she relies on rail to travel all over the country for work and fun! She has been passionate about supporting the development of the Passenger Assist app since she got involved in testing the product in 2018. Sarah’s focus, personally and professionally, is to support projects which enhance disabled passengers’ customer experience.
Chloe Tear is an award-winning disability blogger, freelancer and public speaker. Chloe is particularly interested in public attitudes towards disability. She also works part-time for Scope as a content designer. In this role, she writes information and advice that supports disabled people and their families to live the life they choose. Most weekends you can find Chloe on a train, travelling to see friends and family.
Jennie Berry, also known as @Wheelie_Good_life, is a 29-year-old disabled travel content creator who documents her life as a wheelchair user online to her audiences of over 100,000 followers. Jennie is an avid traveller, and uses her platform to speak about how she navigates public transport, holidays and work trips as a wheelchair user, as well as calling for better accessibility accommodations throughout. As well as this, Jennie is Head of Community at Sociability App, an app that helps disabled people find accessible places.
Tanvi Vyas is a freelance Disability Equality Consultant and Trainer with a particular interest in improving access to transport, leisure and the built environment. Tanvi raises the profile of challenges faced by disabled people, sharing her lived experience. She is keen to embed accessibility, diversity and inclusion and in policy and practice and is a Trustee for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Dr Amy Kavanagh
Dr Amy Kavanagh is an award winning disability rights activist and campaigner. Amy advocates for a more accessible world through consultancy, writing, policy influencing, media and public speaking. She is committed to celebrating disability, mobility aids and encouraging others to learn about the social model of disability.
Sarah is a former occupational therapist, with a passion for innovation, and a love of travel. As a wheelchair user, she’s keen to see improved accessibility across the public transport network. In her spare time she can often be found exploring the UK by rail. She plays the piano and other instruments, enjoys photography, and describes herself as something of a bookworm.
Eleanor Lisney FRSA MA MSIS is a founder member of Sisters of Frida and Culture Access. She was born and bred in Malaysia, and has lived in UK, France and the USA. She used to travel a good deal but lately travel has not been an option. Her favourite mode of travel is be train and have done that in various countries including in China, Norway, Italy. She writes on intersectional issues as a disabled woman of colour and is passionate on campaigning for social justice and inclusion.
Alan Benson MBE
In loving memory of Alan Benson who passed away in 2023. Alan was not only a remarkable disability activist and advocate but will also be remembered for his kindness and humour. Alan was a valued member of our accessibility panel and provided support to many Transreport colleagues both personally and professionally, his loss is felt deeply.
Alan will be best remembered for his unwavering activism, his compassionate heart, and the positive changes he brought into this world. Alan’s spirit and contributions will forever be a part of our journey.
Alan was a disability campaigner and activist with a particular interest in transport. He was a member of London TravelWatch, was Chair of Transport for All, a Trustee of Richmond RUILS and a Citizen Advocate supporting Disabled and Older People. He was a regular tweeter and blogged about his journeys when time allowed. Before turning to campaigning Alan was an I.T. Manager at various colleges and universities across the country for over 20 years. He held two degrees in Economics and lived in West London.