Team

Over the last seven years JSA has built up an enviable reputation for providing clients with a pragmatic approach and innovative solutions to often complex problems. 

Jane is a leader in the field of inclusion, her network extends throughout the construction and built environment. She understands the need for specialist advice in this unique field and works with a core number of associates who complement the service offered. Each associate have their own skills to add to the team ensuring that JSA offers a first class full service to all clients.

Jane Simpson Director

Jane is an Architect and NRAC registered Access Consultant.  Throughout her career she has developed a broad range of expertise working within a local authority background, private practice and planning department with over two decades of experience in inclusion.

She provides advice on a broad range of issues, often clarifying complex aspects of the Equality Act 2010, the Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001 and other statutory and legislative information. Her work encompasses, policy, strategy, operational planning, and working with design and contractor teams on a variety of projects, from infrastructure, through detailed design to handover.

Disability Groups and Organisations

In recent years she has been involved with access groups within large scale projects as well as voluntary contributions to RIBA, DPTAC, CABE, Design Council, BSI, Pocklington Trust, BESiDE at Dundee University and to members of the EHR. Advice is also provided to Sport England and DfE on their documentation.

Further information

http://www.janesimpsonaccess.com/uploads/files/Jane_Simpson_CV.doc

Paul Niven - Office and Communications Manager

Paul is a Director of Jane Simpson Access Ltd.  His background includes running a successful catering company before embarking upon a degree in English at Leeds University. Subsequently, he was an Account Manager for a large multi-national company. He has been instrumental in the development of JSA from its inception in 2007.

His role is to ensure the smooth running of the office and providing editorial support. Paul is disabled; given his personal circumstances he provides a perceptive view of the work undertaken and the direction of JSA.

Jean Hewitt

A Chartered Facilities Management Surveyor and NRAC registered Access Consultant; she has 14 years experience of advising the public and private sectors. 

Jean is a panel member of the Centre of Accessible Environments and part time access adviser to the City of London Corporation.  She is a qualified trainer and has developed IOSH accredited training courses in Managing Accessibility and Fire Safety and Disabled People.  She represents the British Institute of Facilities Management on the British Standards Institute Access to Buildings Committee and is the author of several publications on access and inclusive design.

Professional Qualifications

  • MSc “Inclusive Environments: Design & Management” (Distinction) Reading University  2009
  • MSc Facility & Environment Management (Distinction), UCL 2001
  • British Institute of Facilities Management Part II Certificate 2000
  • NEBOSH General Certificate in Health and Safety 2002 (Credit)
  • NEBOSH Fire Safety and Risk Management Certificate 2007
  • Fire Risk Assessor – BRE Certificate of Competency & BRE Associate 2006
  • BIOH Ergonomics Certificate from Robens Institute 2001 (Credit)
  • CACDP Deaf Awareness 2004
  • City & Guilds 7407 Part 1 Cert Teaching Adults (Access & Inclusion) 2006

Experience

In addition to her work as an Access Consultant Jean has other skills including:

  • Access Advisor to City of London Corporation
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Qualified trainer in;
    • Access and inclusion
    • Disability awareness
    • Fire safety for disabled people
  • Facilities Management
  • DSE assessments

Helen Kane

Helen has 30 years property experience in a variety of senior managerial positions in construction and property management, maintenance, policy and legal roles. Her experience spans public and private organisations, national surveying practices, large corporates, Local Authorities and Housing Associations in the UK and internationally.

Professional Qualifications

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • National Register of Access Consultants – Consultant
  • Chartered Institute of Housing
  • BA (Honours) Housing

Experience

  • Global Companies
  • Residential, Retail, Leisure, Office, Restaurants, Stadia
  • Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Schools, Voluntary Organisations
  • Expert Witness evidence, Change Management and consultancy, Quality Assurance audits
  • Public speaking, training and journalism in access and Inclusive Design and the Landlord and Tenant relationship, including the Law Society, Employers Forum on Disability, NRAC, Mainstream property, retail and legal press
  • Instrumental in documenting the impact of Access legislation on property values

Tim Waldron

Tim has over 20 years’ experience leading on equality, diversity, inclusion and community engagement issues. Providing the Public and Private sectors with a common sense approach to policy and strategic leadership alongside practical practitioner support, he holds Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) level 5 certificates in Leadership & management, coaching & mentoring and discrimination law.

He has led a number of organisations to attain national firsts and prestigious awards, including leading Kirklees Council to the “achieving” level of the Local Government Equality Framework and securing three “Stonewall Equality Index” entries from three attempts, becoming the highest ranking public body in the North of England

An accomplished author and contributor on the topic of inclusive design and practice he has helped organisations win the “BT countryside for all” and the “Queen Elizabeth II Ease award for accessible services”. He has been the access consultant on a number of large National Lottery funded projects such as the refurbishment of the Royal Pump rooms in Leamington spa and the new Library and Art Gallery in Rugby.