30th June 2021
Because Equality Matters!
Rob Trent takes over as Chair of Toucan Diversity
A man who has campaigned for the rights of disabled people has been appointed as Chair of Toucan Diversity, a social enterprise that provides equality and disability awareness training.
Rob Trent, who is himself disabled, will take over as Chair of Toucan Diversity on July 2. Rob, who is a mouth painting artist specialising in landscapes, is a keen football fan of AFC Bournemouth and has worked with Football Authorities to improve access for disabled people.
Rob graduated with a BSc Honours Degree in Information Systems in 1991 and worked for Ordnance Survey before retiring in 2018. He has been a trustee for Disability Rights UK for the past six years and is also a trustee for Flat Spaces, which is a charity providing accessible holiday accommodation for severely disabled people.
“I was honoured to be asked to serve as Chair for Toucan Diversity”, said Rob. “As a disabled person myself, I believe my lived experience of disability, along with all the challenges that can entail, will enable me to make a well-informed and constructive contribution to the work Toucan Diversity does”.
“Although I have been fortunate to have enjoyed a successful career in I.T., it hasn’t been without its challenges. Toucan’s training is designed and delivered by a team of accredited disabled trainers who share their
lived experience of a disability. I believe that training will enable employees at all levels of organisations to be better informed about disability, including the practical issues that might come up”.
Rob was born with arthrogryposis, a condition affecting the joints and muscular development. From the age of 6 he attended Chailey Heritage Special School where he was taught to be as independent as possible. In addition to holding a number of trustee positions with charities, Rob is also the Managing Director of an online private sector start-up business (Access Advisr Ltd) which has a vision of making difficult journeys easier for disabled people.
Toucan Diversity’s Development Director, Anne-Marie Asgari, is delighted to have Rob on board: “I have no doubt Rob will bring a wealth of
experience and knowledge of disability, along with the challenges it presents, to our organisation”.
“In addition to his impressive career with Ordnance Survey, Rob has shown his commitment to working to improve the lives of other disabled people. He will furthermore provide us with expertise and strategic oversight that will enable us to continue to go from strength to strength”.
And with around 20% of the population having some kind of disability, Rob argues the case for disability equality training has never been stronger: “There is a huge wealth of untapped talent out there … with our training, employers will learn how to make the most of the skills and experience disabled people have and service-providers will be better placed to offer services that meet the needs of their disabled customers”.
“I am passionate about equality and inclusion for disabled people which is why I was keen to get involved with and offer my full support to Toucan Diversity. I look forward to meeting the team and the many other people we work with”.
For more information and to arrange an interview with Rob Trent, please either contact Toucan Diversity’s Development Director Anne-Marie Asgari, by emailing email@example.com, or by telephone on 07834 885539.
Toucan Diversity Training Ltd is a social-profit organisation that provides equality training in order to promote social inclusion for disabled people. We are an award-winning, user-led social enterprise based in Portsmouth.
Our training is designed and delivered by our team of accredited disabled trainers who will share their lived experience of a disability.
Employees at all levels of your organisation probably need to be better informed about disability, including the practical issues that might arise.
Disability Equality Training will extend their understanding and help them capitalise on the value that disabled customers and employees bring.