Vanessa Dockerill, assistant development director at Hemel Hempstead-based housing association Thrive Homes, has been appointed housing disability and access ambassador for the Cabinet Office Disability Unit.
Dockerill has been appointed to the unit on behalf of the minister for disabled people, health and work, Justin Tomlinson MP.
Vanessa is one of 12 ambassadors appointed to ensure that businesses are doing all they can to support their disabled customers and employees. The role is a newly created one, along with ambassadors for the energy industry, hospitality and universities.
Commenting on her appointment, Vanessa said: “I am passionate about improving the accessibility and standard of services for disabled people across the sector, so I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as disability and access ambassador for housing.
“The quality of service for disabled people has come a long way over recent years, but there is still a lot more to be done and improvements to be made, which working with the industry I am keen to drive forward.”
Tomlinson added: “I am very excited to welcome this incredible, impressive group of people as new disability and access ambassadors.
“They will help support the existing team with our programme to increase access for disabled people across a wide range of private sector industries, and I am really looking forward to working with them.”
Alongside her role as assistant development director at Thrive Homes, Dockerill is also a board member of Habinteg, a housing association which champions accessible and adaptable homes for disabled people.
Dockerill has 30 years of experience across the construction, private housing development and affordable housing sectors.
Image: Vanessa Dockerill, assistant development director at Thrive Homes. Credit: Thrive Homes.