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Alice’s work with the rail industry laid the faoundations for the Department for Transport’s ‘Railways for All’, making rail travel much easier for disabled people. Her doctoral thesis at Cranfield uniquely demonstrated the economic value of inclusive station design.

From 2008 to 2014, Alice led the Board of Scope, the disability charity, turning around its financial and management capability. The experience led Alice to establish the Association of Chairs with third sector colleagues aiming to enhance chairing in nonprofits, thus improving Board and organisation performance.

At the operational level, she has led the production of a broad series of modules of accessibility and inclusive development. As one of the main disability leaders in Lebanon, she has been advocating for the enforcement of the Lebanese Disability law, the ratification of the CRPD, and promoting disability inclusion, mainly in area of environmental accessibility, employment, inclusive education, political participation, and access to information.

Alice Maynard

In 2014, Alice won the Sunday Times / Peel Hunt Not-For-Profit / Public Service Organisation Non-Executive Director of the Year, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of York. She was on the Cranfield 100 Women to Watch list in 2013 and 2014, and the inaugural ‘Power List’ of the 100 most influential disabled people. She received a CBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours for services to disabled people and their families.