Michael Fox – Director & Chairperson - AM, B Arch, MTCP, FAIA, FPIA
Michael Fox is an architect, planner and access consultant with involvement in access and equity since 1980, including as director of Access Australia and related architectural practice Michael Fox Architects. He is a member of ACAA – the Association of Consultants in Access Australia.
Michael is a director and Chair of Rights & Inclusion Australia. International roles include extensive involvement in the drafting, adoption and implementation of the UN CRPD, ratified by Australia in July 2008.
From 2004 to 2008 Michael prioritised key global issues, including CRPD adoption, as President of RI Global, a New York based international organisation and network advancing the rights and inclusion of people with disability.
From 1996 to 2004 he was Global Chair of ICTA, the RI International Commission on Technology and Accessibility. Related activities include corporate board member, House with No Steps, Sydney 2001 to 2010; university lecturer in Access, Equity & Design; and ongoing membership of Standards Australia ME / 64 Access and Mobility Committees.
Michael Bleasdale (Executive Officer, based in Sydney)
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Michael Bleasdale is the Executive Officer of R&IA, after previously serving as one of its directors. Prior to taking on this role Michael has held leadership roles in disability advocacy organisations and peak bodies, including People with Disability Australia and Home Modifications Australia.
Starting out as a direct support worker, Michael co-founded and ran the Australian Disability Network from 1994 to 2001, focused on encouraging new thinking about disability rights and service system paradigms, including the introduction of individual funding. He has taught at the Australian Catholic and Charles Sturt universities, and was the Principal Researcher at the Disability Studies and Research Institute in 2004-2007, from which he conducted an AHURI research project “Supporting the Housing of People with Complex Needs”. Michael has published numerous articles throughout his career and delivered conference papers and workshops internationally, including in the USA, Canada, Sweden, Japan and South Korea.
David Havercroft (Project Director, based in Canberra)
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David Havercroft is leading the Opening the Door project for R&IA, having started with the organisation in late 2019 to work on our ACT Accessible Housing Innovation Project.
David moved to Canberra in 2019, after 16 years living in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). From 2016 to 2019 he worked with Aboriginal-owned architecture practice Tangentyere Design, working on a range of urban and remote projects including accessible housing. From 2009-2016 he was Central Australian Policy Officer with NT Shelter, the peak housing and homelessness organisation in the Northern Territory.
His career reflects a longstanding concern with social justice issues and their intersection with housing. In 2011, David was awarded the Amnesty International Australia June Fassina Meritorious Award for SA/NT in recognition of human rights work with that organisation.
When not at work, he is focused on the co-design of a quality life with his two children and (occasionally) reaching a flow state on Canberra’s mountain bike trails.
Karen Hedley (Project Officer, based in Canberra)
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Karen Hedley is our Opening the Door Project Officer. She is responsible for our work with peer networks, and with David in the development of project resources and running of forums. She also looks after our social media.
Most recently working on accessibility and inclusion with the Disability Royal Commission, Karen has been working with the disability community for over 30 years. She also has lived experience of disability with her own and family members.
Karen won the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2015 which unfortunately didn’t come attached to retirement by the beach! She also runs Next Level Inclusion, aiming to increase inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities.