Expert access consultant, Neil Smith, is to join the management board of the UK’s National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC). Smith will be acting as treasurer for the NRAC and will also sit on the BSI Committee for B/559 Access to buildings for disabled people, and on the committee responsible for 'BS8300: Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people – Code of practice'. This will enable him to take part in the development of standards supporting access and inclusion.
THE NRAC is currently in transition, as it is leaving its parent organisation, the Centre for Accessible Environments, and moving to be a fully independent self‐financing and self‐regulating body. The NRAC board has seven elected members and three co-opted members. These additional members are invited on the board to strengthen the management team and hold the position for a year at a time.
Smith said “I have been a member of the NRAC for ten years now and am strongly committed to supporting the great work that it does as is Buro Happold, a leading consultancy in this field.”
The National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) was established in 1999 with the support of the UK Government and partner organisations. The NRAC facilitates the selection of accredited access auditors and consultants who can demonstrate their credentials through their membership status. Over the past ten years the NRAC has established itself as a valuable resource for those seeking advice on how to provide and manage places and spaces. Beneficiaries include employers, educators, public and private sector service providers, and transport providers, all of whom have specific and varying duties and responsibilities imposed on them by disability discrimination legislation for which expert, high level, consultancy advice is often required. The NRAC Mission Statement is to promote the development and management of a built environment that is accessible and inclusive for all those who will use it