about

Culture Access is a community interest company with three directors. We are based in London and previously West Midlands. Some of us had experience from the community group Connect Culture.

We have a steering group.

Directors

annabel crowley, woman with black hair and glasses Annabel Crowley grew up as a young carer, and started working in the field of disability at the age of 17. She has supported disabled students in FE and HE, and is currently employed by the Disability Service at University of the Arts London. Annabel has also worked in the charity sector, including several years coordinating a user-led, community-based social activities programme at Hammersmith and Fulham Mencap. With experience in designing and delivering training, advocacy work, project management and youth participation, Annabel hopes to bring both skills and enthusiasm as a director of Culture Access.

Eleanor lisney, she is wearing a brown cap, black glasses and a pink scarf Eleanor Lisney is a founder member of Culture Access. She is an access and equality advisor. She is also on the British Council Disability Advisory Panel and the web team of the International Network of Women with Disabilities. She writes on intersectional issues as a disabled woman of colour and is passionate on campaigning for social justice and inclusion. She loves good food, cooking with her PAs, eating out with friends, working with plants and playing with cameras especially using the smartphone to record stuff. She lives in the Greenwich area and have deep affection for the West Midlands where she used to live in Coventry.

frieda-132x150 Frieda van de Poll is an artist based in Coventry and Oxford. Founding member and director of Art in Coventry and Holyhead Studios, she has many years experience in outreach work, leading socially engaged public arts projects in Coventry and the region. She was a co founder of Sisters of Frida and worked with Connect Culture, a a disabled user led community group based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Steering group members

Iyiola Olafimihan is smiling, hes wearing a cap and dark glasses Iyiola Olafimihan LLB/BL MA was a capacity building specialist at  Disability LIB (a UK £4m Big lottery funded project set up to support disabled people’s organisations in England to maximise their operations) and also a consultant. Iyiola was a founding member of ASCEND an activist group that was part of the coalition that proposed disability discrimination legislation in Nigeria. Iyiola has extensive experience in the legal and commercial sector of Nigeria. While in the UK has led training and advice around governance, fundraising etc to disabled people’s organisations. Iyiola is a committee member of Disability Action in Islington and continues to volunteer with Healthwatch Islington and at Islington Council. Iyiola enjoys music, going to shows and night-clubbing, he is married with 2 lovely teenagers.

Ciara Doyle with hair tied back in a ponytail, with glasses Ciara Doyle is a Senior Lecturer for Youth and Community Work in the Department of Education & Community Studies at the University of Greenwich. Since graduating in 2001 with a first class Master’s degree in youth and community work, she began her career as a community development manager in a family resource centre in Waterford, Ireland. Her work focused on young mothers, traveller mothers, refugee and asylum seeker women. In addition, she was involved in a range of regional and national advocacy, representation and policy work. At the University of Greenwich Ciara is course coordinator for Representation of Childhood and Youth on the BA Hons (Extended) Childhood & Youth Studies programme. Ciara has been a trade union activist all her life, and currently sits on the University College Unions disabled workers committee representing disabled workers in Higher education. She was a founding member of Queer Resistance and active on LGBT issues.

Anahita Harding has a BA in Fine Art; Philosophy, and will soon graduate from SOAS having studied MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East. A real interest of hers is access in museums and art galleries, and the way curatorial decisions can either welcome or deter a visitor depending on their class, gender, race and disability. Currently she is assisting the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) in curating an exhibition at Buckinghamshire New University which will be centred on the disability arts movement. She is also involved in community arts projects at the Horniman Museum- most recently with Three Cs- and volunteer every week as part of the Engage team.