What can we say about Ian? One of life’s good guys. And as an on call firefighter (he drops everything when the pager goes!) a hero amongst us. But when not serving his community, Ian dedicates his time to the business of making the world more accessible, to all. As one of the early developers of web accessibility, Ian has always recognised the importance and value of presenting information in alternative formats. And for more than 30 years has applied his tech credentials to practical solutions and services with a specific focus on travel, tourism and online disability awareness training. Ian co-founded the Good Access Guide and Equo Travel Solutions and trained as an accessible travel specialist travel agent. So he brings a kaleidoscope of talent and experience to the CMTS team.
But ask Ian of his priority in life and it will be the support, love and care he bestows to Karen, his lovely wife. Karen sustained a spinal cord injury in 1988 and is tetraplegic. So the impact of catastrophic injury on individuals and their loved ones is a reality Ian and Karen understand only too well. A daily reminder if it were needed that disability can touch us all, at any moment. But also a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.. Karen continues her role as a successful theatre director – which explains why we can often see Ian treading the boards (but that’s a story for another day – and maybe the CMTS panto!) and reminds him who is really the boss in the Carter household!
Go Ian and Karen!