It was with mixed emotions that last month DADAA said goodbye to our Board Chair Harry Bray. Sadness because we farewelled an extremely capable and dedicated leader, but also optimism as we look forward to what our new Chair Dr Scott Hollier will bring to the role.
Harry Bray was the right Chair of the DADAA Board at the right time. As a property developer and business owner, Harry confidently steered us through the capital works project at the Old Fremantle Boys’ School. And in his very calm and relaxed way, he also provided a reflective and reassuring ear during DADAA’s Change Management process as DADAA bedded down the NDIS across all our sites. However, with the outbreak of COV19 in Wuhan, Harry, had to make the difficult decision between his long-term roles at DADAA, as both Board Chair and Treasurer, and his commitment to his personal business interests in China.
Harry is a huge champion of disability-led practice and governance and joins with the Board and DADAA in welcoming board member Dr Scott Hollier as the new Chair.
Dr Scott Hollier specialises in the field of digital accessibility, with a PhD in Internet Studies, and project management experience across the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors. He is an internationally-recognised researcher and speaker and his consultancy areas include consumer-based support for service organisations, developer-based support for ICT professionals for web and app-related work and support across different organisational roles to achieve compliance with digital accessibility standards. Scott currently holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at Edith Cowan University as well as teaching at the University of South Australia.
Scott is also legally blind and as such, has both a professional and personal understanding of the importance of accessibility. Indeed, it is likely that anyone reading this who delves into the world of digital access will know of Scott’s work in opening the digital world to people with disability. In addition to his new role as Chair of DADAA, Scott heads up the Centre for Accessibility, a WA not-for-profit which develops free, online resources to promote and respond to digital access. The role of the Centre is to empower the Accessibility movement and encourage the government sector and digital content developers to implement accessibility when designing online resources.
With his long history in digital production and access services, Scott is a huge asset to DADAA’s governance but importantly, a critical resource for DADAA’ s big team of producers and artists in supporting DADAA to excel in access at all levels of our practices and service, particularly in the digital space.
We thank Harry for his tremendous commitment and contribution to DADAA’s governance and teams over the years. We are delighted to still be working him on various public art projects and wish him well during this uncertain time.
DADAA Executive Director