Who we are
Jayne Earnscliffe – Director
Along with her fellow BEEs, she provides independent expert advice to promote and support well designed buildings, spaces and places that improve everyone’s quality of life.
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Jayne is also a member of the LLDC (London Legacy Development Corporation) independent Quality Review Panel, helping to ensure the highest possible design standards within
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its surrounding neighbourhoods.
Jayne founded Earnscliffe, Making Access Work in 1990 as the first disabled-led access consultancy in the heritage and arts sectors. She was previously Access Officer for South Eastern Museums Service and had written ‘In Through the Front Door: Disabled People and the Visual Arts’, a seminal work on access published by Arts Council England (ACE) in 1991 showcasing examples of best practice.
Jayne is passionate about inclusive access and brings considerable expertise of building, landscaping and exhibition design. With 28 years’ as access consultant on hundreds of projects she has practical experience of working with clients, project teams and disabled people in developing new and exciting access solutions and interpretative methods to make the user experience safer, easier and more engaging.
As well as being a lottery assessor, advisor and special monitor (access) for ACE Jayne compiled ACE ‘Building Inclusion’ Access Guidelines and Checklist (and recent updates) used in all lottery applications. She also helped establish access and equality policies and structures for Capital Services at ACE.
Through published articles and bespoke training to museums, ACE and HLF officers, architects and designers, Jayne has sought to demystify the Equality Act and statutory guidelines to aid a clearer understanding of inclusive design. Jayne has also spoken at conferences for English Heritage, Royal College of Art and the Museums Association to raise awareness of good design, and inclusive policies and practices.
Jayne is an active member of several access groups seeking to widen access to premises, policies, exhibitions and programmes. She is fully conversant with legislation and planning conditions and has extensive experience of working on complex planning applications, many relating to new build, mixed use, refurbishment and improvements of listed buildings and World Heritage sites.
Mark Davies, MA Dip Arch (Cantab) RIBA – Senior Partner and Company Secretary
Mark has extensive experience at a senior level on a variety of major projects including the New British Library at St. Pancras, for which he was acknowledged as having made an “extensive contribution” over a 7 year period.
Mark is committed to accessible design. As architectural advisor to Earnscliffe, he brings strong technical skills and has contributed to many public sector schemes including the Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, Churchill Museum, Everyman Theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre. Other experience includes Pelham House, Lewes (conversion of Grade 1 Listed property into a hotel and conference centre); Wigan Library PFI; Brighton Open Market regeneration scheme; and Charters Village Continuing Care Retirement Village, East Grinstead. He has extensive experience of leading a number of projects for ‘Later Living’ communities with one the UK’s leading residential development companies in this field. Mark is currently heading up a number of Brighton-based projects, including apartment refurbishments as part of the former Hannington Stores masterplan, and a capital redevelopment project for Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation including a Synagogue, school facility and residential accommodation.
Mark has extensive knowledge of Quality Management Systems in building design and considerable experience of preparing detailed planning submissions including co-ordinating the production of Access Statements.
Sarah Pickthall – Senior Associate
Sarah is a coach, digital curator and diversity engineer with over 25 years experience in arts and culture, education and training, in the UK and abroad. She is passionate about creating equitable projects that move people forward in their thinking about their lives and those around them.
As Disability Development Officer at Arts Council England SE Sarah facilitated a cultural shift in the representation and involvement of Deaf and disabled people in the arts, developing one of the strongest disability arts infrastructures in UK. Sarah set up ‘Leading Edge’ with Mind the Gap in Bradford – the first ever coaching programme for people with learning disabilities.
Through the Cultural Leadership Programme Sarah designed and delivered Sync: a leadership programme for over 100 Deaf and disabled leaders in the arts. Sarah also developed the involvement of Deaf and disabled people at the heart of the Legacy Trust Project ‘Accentuate’ which aimed to change the visibility of disabled people in the Southeast leading up to and beyond the 2012 Olympics. Sarah sat on Vision 2012 networking group, part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Past consultations with Earnscliffe include Lightbox, Darwin Centre, Sync and Pallant House Gallery revieiwing the representation and involvement of disabled people in project delivery; and Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museums.
Other notable commissions include Arts Council funded ‘Heads Up, the Creative Case for Diversity’ which resulted in eight digital portraits of key arts leaders such as Sandy Nairne, Director National Portrait Gallery. Also Mapfactor!, where four learning-disabled artists used an App tool to create accessible maps for carnivals and outdoor events using videos, photos and easy pictures.
Sally Booth – Associate
Sally Booth is a practicing artist who has exhibited her work at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Art Gallery, South Bank Centre, the Scottish Parliament and the Bluecoat in Liverpool.
As a visually impaired artist, Sally brings a creative approach to her work, curating exhibitions, running workshops with disabled participants, and working with galleries and museums to develop more inclusive services. Sally was the first individual artist to receive a Jodi Award for accessible digital technology for her own website.
Sally has a background in arts project management and gallery education. Her experience has included working as Arts Development Manager for Shape, a leading disability arts charity.
Sally’s access consultancy work has included being an assessor for the Jodi Awards, which promote excellence in access to digital media; RNIB/Vocaleyes Talking Images project; and access adviser for the 24-hour design challenges at the Royal College of Art.
Clients include V&A,Wallace Collection, Barbican, Milton Keynes Gallery, Hove Museum, Camden Arts Centre and Whitechapel Gallery. Sally has been a member of the Tate Modern Access group since 2000.
Edward Richards – Associate
Being Deaf, Edward has an unparalleled and heightened awareness in visual communication. He passionately believes that good design is by its nature inclusive, and in being innovative is effective in reaching more people.
- Branding and Graphic Design
- Website design and development
Regardless of difference we approach people as individuals and have a particular way of gleaning a client’s message from open and direct communication with them.
From a unique perspective in projects such as IWM’s Regeneration: First World War Centenary project and the Science Museum’s Hadron Collider project we explore ways in which audio tracks can be translated into media suitable for Deaf people which in turn enhances the experience for everyone.
Our clients feel respected as individuals; they are confident they will achieve their goals, knowing their vision will be translated into reality as we take care to understand their market and keep them informed at every stage.
Lonny Evans – Associate
Lonny has been a full time Audio Describer since 2000, working with a wide range of different clients to enhance the experiences of Blind and Partially sighted people.
Lonny has provided Audio Description services in Museum and Heritage sites including Brighton Royal Pavilion and Museums, V&A, Museum of Childhood and the Wellcome Collection. Theatre clients include the Globe, The Almeida, The Royal Court, The Victoria Palace Theatre and many more. Lonny has also worked for the Liberty Festival, Glyndebourne Opera House and London Open House.
Services include: scripting and recording Penfriend digital audio guides for exhibitions, live described tours with curators in museums including touch tours, architecture tours, live theatre description and recorded screen description. She is currently engaged on a major project with the RNIB offering Audio Description Training to staff in cultural and heritage sites throughout the South East including Oxford, Canterbury and Southampton.