Our Team

Our talented team have many years of experience, too many to mention in some case. Each of us has our own speciality as well has having a depth of accessibility knowledge. We are digitally nomadic, with staff working remotely and throughout New Zealand as client needs dictate. If you’d like to Join us we are always interested to hear from talented professionals, even if we are not actively recruiting.

Dr Chandra Harrison

Managing Director

Chandra’s first paying job in digital accessibility, 20 years ago, was an evaluation of a low vision reading aid then she moved to the UK to do a PhD. She worked in digital agencies in London as well as contracting for the likes of Qualcomm, Nokia, Vodafone, Deustch Bank and the BBC. Chandra was also the Accessibility representative and President of the UK User Experience Professionals Association for many years.

Chandra returned home to NZ in late 2014 after 11 years travelling the world helping people understand and implement user experience and accessibility. A published author, lecturer and conference organiser, Chandra also worked with BLVNZ on the #AltTextForAll campaign. She is now the Managing Director of Digital Accessibility for Access Advisors, an initiative of Blind and Low Vision NZ, helping organisations understand and implement digital accessibility.

Kevin Prince

Testing Lead

Kevin has been working in accessibility since 2006, initially one on one with blind and low-vision clients at the RNZFB. He has consulted on a variety of platforms, web, desktop, mobile and takes a holistic view of accessibility – it is so much more than screen readers. Kevin is a details person and thrives on helping people find problems and solutions.

Kevin has spoken at events around New Zealand and served on many committees in the disability space. He was also part of the team developing the IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies qualification and brought accessibility knowledge to NZQA testing qualification development. Kevin was one of the original access advisors before there even was Access Advisors.

Eden le Comte

Development Lead

Eden is passionate about technology and the all the creative opportunities there are to explore. He thrives on delivering solutions that have a real impact on people. Eden is also a crack app developer with several successful drinking game apps to his name, and some more serious ones as well, and can rustle up an app in no time at all.
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Britta Offergeld

Digital Accessibility Consultant

Britta started her journey into accessibility in 2005, when she started experiencing chronic pain which wouldn’t go away and affected her ability to work. This condition eventually got diagnosed as Fibromyalgia, and, after finding technology solutions that allowed her to keep working, her passion to make life, work and play accessible for both herself and others, is due to living with a permanent disability herself.

She has worked for the RNZFB (Blind Low Vision) and whilst there enjoyed consulting with and training people to make what they wanted to do, happen, when they were struggling with tasks that were inaccessible to them. It is possible to allow alternative ways of accessing and doing things in a digital environment, especially on the web and with apps. Our digital environment can be built to accommodate a wide range of our community, and Britta would love to work alongside and guide you, to do exactly this.

Sandrine PERENES

Digital Accessibility Consultant

Sandrine has been building a career in Front-End development for over 15 years, focused on providing prowess in user experience and code quality, while at the same time being a strong advocate for accessibility and best practices.

Originating from France, she left in 2008, where she lived through what she refers to as `The Glorious Pacific Triangle` between New Zealand, Australia and Bali, before settling down in Auckland in 2015.

She has a knak for identifying those curly details (the Devil is in the details she is often heard saying) and is constantly searching for ways to optimize things.
She firmly believes that small smart changes can have big impacts.

In 2020, she is stepping back from full-time development to include consultancy and to share her knowledge with others with the hopes that her expertise will help contribute to paving the way to a more accessible web.

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Joe Stockhausen

Social Media Specialist

Joe is a recent advocate to the accessibility scene, neighbouring other close passions such as good design and good food. Currently studying his diploma in Patisserie, Joe studied design during his A levels at College but now spends the majority of his spare time behind the kitchen bench. And as someone with his own access needs, he hopes to continue exploring the world of web accessibility beside his study, and add another voice of support towards its development and growth. 

Sue Balcomb

Administration

Sue had a long and rewarding career as an Executive Assistant in New Zealand and abroad. She spent 18 years supporting the CEO of a large non-profit in USA, creating jobs for people with disabilities.

In 2010, Sue and her family returned to New Zealand, and she continued to work full-time. In 2018 she retired and re-invented herself as a Virtual Assistant. She now works from home helping her clients with their admin and projects.

Sue likes to travel, read, cook and be physically and mentally fit and active. She loves animals and is a semi-professional house sitter who gets her furry fix by looking after other people’s pets when they go away on holiday.

Winnie

The Pooch

Winnie is responsible for workplace wellbeing for Access Advisors. She encourages yoga practice with her perfect ‘downward dog’ pose and ergonomic work-break reminders for the office by bringing balls to be thrown on a regular basis. Winnie is highly motivated by food and belly rubs.

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