SDEF have a long-standing relationship with Yvonne through the range of projects which she has managed for us over the years. Yvonne has been invaluable in ensuring that the organisation – and the many Access Panels we work with across Scotland, including the National Access Survey Team, can operate safely, and inclusively, through the provision of training and guidance on access auditing, the Equality Act 2010 and many other subjects, all delivered punctually and with the utmost professionalism. Highly recommended.
Susan Grasekamp, Former Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF)
I have worked with Yvonne on many projects over several years. Projects have included varying access audit services, and training provision. She has a friendly manner and takes a practical approach to her work, which enables her to build positive relationships, and to determine the needs of Clients with ease. Yvonne is open to challenge, embraces her work with enthusiasm, and is a true professional. Highly recommended.
Brian Taggart, Director, ABT Safety Ltd
“I have known Yvonne for over 30 years. Yvonne brings energy and enthusiasm to her work and has a ‘can do’ attitude to challenges that come her way. I have always found Yvonne to be very friendly, helpful and extremely thorough in all aspects of her work. Yvonne is trustworthy and scrupulously honest. I have no difficulty recommending Yvonne to future clients.
Brian Weddell, Policy Director, CPP Seminars, Scotland
“There are 45 access panels operating geographically in Scotland made up mostly of disabled people, who are generally unpaid and untrained volunteers, yet they provide sound representation on behalf of disabled people and deliver day-to-day advice to developers, architects and local authority planners on how to be inclusive in new developments and environments. SDEF appointed Yvonne to design and deliver a training programme to upskill Scotland’s 45 access panels.
Personally, I found the course extremely worthwhile and helpful, and I enjoyed the assignments and participatory aspects. Yvonne had obviously put a lot of thought and expertise into designing and delivering it, and her professionalism and “smiley face” allowed her to communicate it to us well. I share Yvonne’s passion for creating equality of accessibility and opportunity for all, and I am more than happy to recommend her to you for any commission or project that you have in mind.”
Ken Johnston, Secretary, Oban & District Access Panel, (Chair, Lochaber Access Panel, 2007-15)