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 – Test 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 – Dev 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.
Sue Balcomb – Executive Assistant
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.