Welcome to the team

Karen Blanchford, Founder of Access for All, welcomes David Rowlinson to the team. David will assist the team to review accessibility on the island and provide organisations and the community with tips and signposting to improve access in all its forms. Karen “We are delighted to welcome David to the team, he not only brings his passion and determination for improved access locally but a strong network to assist us in positively influencing the community”

Access for All works in partnership with the community to improve accessibility, in its widest context, for islanders and visitors alike. We provide signposting to access resources, facilitate training and presentations. Topics include: physical access, digital accessibility, hidden disabilities, and Customer Service.

Biography – David Rowlinson

I was born in Guernsey in 1962 and now live in St Martins with my wife Claire. We have one daughter, Jennifer, who lives in Eastbourne in the UK and works as a physio for the NHS.

I was educated at the Boys Grammar School and worked in the finance industry my whole career, working for various trust companies culminating in setting up my own Company in 2006, Liberation Management Limited, which was sold in 2017. Since then I have been a self-employed consultant and I work from home.

My sporting life consisted mainly of playing golf, I was three times Guernsey champion and represented Guernsey twenty-six times in the annual match against Jersey and four times in the Island Games. I became non playing captain of the Guernsey team in 2008 for five years and was the first captain in 2010 to win in Jersey for thirty years.

In 2012 I was diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis which is a rare progressive muscle wasting disease effecting the distal muscles of the arms and legs. This manifests itself by making it difficult to walk, eventually becoming for dependant on my wheelchair and the hands and arms becoming increasingly inefficient.

As a result of these weaknesses you start to notice, perhaps for the first time, the difficulties of access in many situations for people with disabilities and I am keen to work with the GDA and Access for All to assist them to partner with businesses and organisations to improve accessibility for all, which I believe can be achieved in many instances with simple changes.

Photo Credit: Paul Chambers