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Ian Streets, Access Audit Consultant with Accessible and Joanna Hitchen, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Costain will discuss accessibility in relation to highways schemes and around construction sites/offices in general, for the public as well as project workforce.
The session will include an overview of the guidance contained within Considering Inclusion in Construction, a booklet outlining accessibility best practice compiled by a group of Highways England suppliers, as well as other resources available to support companies looking to improve accessibility.
Comms & EDI Lead, Costain Highways
Joanna’s background is in marketing communications, stakeholder and account management roles agency, client and supplier side for a variety of businesses across the UK, US and Europe. At Costain she supports the corporate and transportation division communications teams with internal and external communications about the smart infrastructure solutions they deliver for clients. In her capacity as EDI lead, she helps highways projects develop inclusive environments, meet the diverse needs of customers and communities, and develop EDI capability within the supply chain.
She is part of the Costain Group EDI team and leads the sector action plan, as well as organising a wide-ranging community forum engaging on this agenda bringing best practice from other infrastructure clients into the highways sector and from peers and the supply chain. She has represented Costain on the Highways England Supplier Diversity Forum since 2019 and helps share best practice by organising events and masterclasses.
Joanna is a Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Ambassador; a member of the ICE Cymru FIR committee and sits on the TechUK Skills & Diversity Council. She is passionate about bringing change not only for the industry and business but to make a real difference improving people’s lives.
Access Consultant and Owner, About Access
Ian started working in the field of accessibility around 2000 and became a member of the National register of Access Consultants in 2003. He sat on the drafting panel for BS8300, management advisory panel to the NRAC, and sits on three access groups; Hull Access Improvement Group, Access at The O2 and Network Rails Built Environment Access Panel (BEAP).
His work varies from undertaking access audits, training, reviewing policy and general consultancy for the likes of English Heritage, all eleven local authorities of N. Ireland, Home Office, High Security Prison Service, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and more. The work takes him all over the UK and even to Gibraltar where he worked with the government and Saudi Arabia where he audited a university.
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