Driving Mobility outside The University of Chester

Could new local events be on the way from Driving Mobility? The charity has appointed five new members to its board and outlined how the charity is tackling the challenges present in the accessible driving sector.

Consisting of a network of 16 independent organisations covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the charity provides high-quality information and assessment to people who need to gain or retain independence through mobility.

Held at the University of Chester, the event was attended by staff and managers from all nationwide assessment centres, along with board members, educational specialists and guest speakers sharing developments and ideas regarding accessible driving.

Edward Trewhella, Chief Executive at Driving Mobility, provided an update regarding the charity’s business strategy, highlighting a focus on strengthening existing services and developing new centres.

Edward had been Chief Executive of retailer Cornwall Mobility Centre for three years prior, during which time he was also a board member of Driving Mobility, before being appointed as CEO of Driving Mobility in July 2017.

This presentation was followed by a series of speakers from within the organisation, outlining current educational initiatives, operational standards and assessment training.

The charity also voted in five new board members including Ann Frye, the chair of Mobility Choice – the charity behind the now-closed Mobility Roadshow.

Closing the Mobility Roadshow in October 2017, Ann then commented on the possibility of running more locally focused under the Mobility Choice’s “Get Going Live!” brand with Driving Mobility.

“We are in discussion with Driving Mobility, the charity representing the UK’s mobility centres, and with Disability Driving Instructors, about opportunities for them to organise local events under our “Get Going Live!” banner which focusses on driving opportunities for young and newly disabled people,” commented Ann in October.

Along with the appointment of Ann, Alan Norton (Independent), Phil North (OT), Laura Holly (ADI), and Anne O’Shea (OT/Cornwall Board) were also voted to the board.

The conference also saw attendees listen to talks from external speakers in the industry, including Owain Read from Motability; Jon Quinn from Research Institute for Disabled Consumers; Dr Paul Donaghy, Academic Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University; and Kim Morgan, Assistant Director Specialist and Elective Services, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Ann finished the talks outlining the latest initiatives in public transport accessibility and how individuals can remain independent if driving is no longer possible.

Edward concluded: “A really interesting day was had by all and it was really positive to see senior representation and participation from DVLA, Motability, DVSA and the Department of Transport.”

Colin Barnett, Driving Mobility Chair, successfully summarised the day’s achievements and brought proceedings to a close.

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