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- Christopher WoodFlying Disabled FounderChristopher WoodFlying Disabled Founder
Flying Disabled founder Chris Wood is a single parent to his Son Jordan and his daughter Tayla, both are disabled and have a real zest for life. After a trip to Mexico in 2015 with his daughter and watching her struggle to access the aircraft, then sit in discomfort in an airplane seat for many hours he decided to research into why air travel is so far behind travel by land and sea.
He is approaching this campaign positively. He believes by working alongside the airlines, stakeholders and the benefiting community there is a way of creating inclusion, dignity, increasing safety and offering airlines a whole new customer base, most of which will just not use or are anxious about using an airline to travel.
- Michelle ErwinFounder & President of Wheels UpMichelle ErwinFounder & President of Wheels Up
All Wheels Up President Michele Erwin created All Wheels Up in 2011 trying to arrange a trip to Disney World with her son Greyson who has SMA. After experiencing the difficulties of traveling with a Wheelchair, she knew something needed to be done and embarked on the journey of getting wheelchairs crash tested for Accessible commercial flight.
Michele Erwin has a successful career in the Fashion Industry, having worked for notable fashion houses, such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. After her son was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and experiencing the difficulties of traveling with a Wheelchair she knew something needed to be done. Taking her business acumen and passion for projects she embarked on the journey of getting wheelchairs crash tested for commercial flight and created All Wheels Up.
- Mary DoyleAdvisorMary DoyleAdvisor
Mary Doyle is founder of Rocket Girl Coaching, which helps men and women get past their own challenges and find new, exciting directions, make brave choices and succeed in new roles. Mary is also a wheelchair user and disability awareness trainer, with a 20-year engineering management backgro
und, which took her all over the world. Mary is also a solo pilot, and ambassador for Flying Scholarships for Disabled People. She’s passionate about the customer experience, inclusion, human potential and technology. She can be found on Twitter @RocketGirlCoach.
- Graham RaceAdvisorGraham RaceAdvisor
Graham Race, founder of Tryb4uFly and expert in assistive technology in the aircraft cabin environment. Graham has worked for over 20 years in design of equipment for disabled people and has been in involved in disabled aircraft seating design for over 15 years, working closely with disabled travellers, European and international aviation authorities, equipment providers and medical professionals. He manages the MERU Bugzi loan scheme, a tiny powered wheelchair for severely disabled children to experience mobility. Graham has two children, one of whom is disabled.
- Lucy HallWeb DesignerLucy HallWeb Designer
Lucy makes websites and teachers her clients how to update them, so they are in full control of their businesses online