So you pitched for accessibility – and now you’re leading on it

Beverly is wearing dark-rimmed glasses; they have long, fair hair blowing in the breeze. They are outdoors, squatting in front of a metal gate. Lots of us learn about accessibility through our technical craft – writing digital content, designing interfaces, or building them with code.

But how do you go from there to leadership responsibilities, like writing an accessibility strategy, people management and stakeholder engagement?

Beverley was a quiet, introverted front-end developer, when one day, they decided to pipe up in an all-hands call and suggest we should have an accessibility team.

Fast forward a few years, and Beverley now leads an accessibility team of 6 in one of the largest government departments.

This step into leadership has been an amazing opportunity and experience, but it’s not been without its challenges. So in this talk, Bev will share a few of the lessons they learnt along the way – and some things that they are still working on!


Beverley (they/them) is the Accessibility lead at the Ministry of Justice. Outside of their day job, they volunteer as Head of Development for Three Rings CIC, an organisation that provides volunteer management software for organisations like the Samaritans. When not doing either of these things, they can be found foraging, motorbiking or sewing.