Support Team

The Karten Network support team consists of:

Dawn Green

Dawn Green

Karten Network Development Co-ordinator

Dawn is the Karten Network Development Co-ordinator based in the UK. She has over 20 years' experience working in Further Education, the majority of this time spent in senior leadership roles in Specialist Colleges. Dawn has always been motivated to use innovative methods to enable people with disabilities to engage optimally in all aspects of their lives. Technology is a powerful enabler and Dawn looks forward to working with Centres as technology advances to ensure that we make the most of opportunities in order to improve the life chances of those we support.

Debbie Ben-Tal

Karten Network Development Co-ordinator

Debbie joined the Trust in November 2013. She has previously worked as an OT in Karten Centres in Israel, and now divides her time between developing the Karten Network in Israel, working as an OT for a number of organisations and her family.

Martin Pistorius

Mobile Technology Advisor

Martin provides mobile technology support, and facilitates bringing together the resources already in the Network. He has a Computer Science background, and a passion for technology.

Liz Howarth

Liz Howarth

Karten Network Project Co-ordinator

Liz is a Project Co-ordinator for the Karten Network, working on the Nuvoic project which aims to improve access to voice recognition technologies for people with dysarthric or unclear speech. Liz has recently worked as a health researcher at the University of Manchester, contributing to several trials and evaluation studies, and has previously worked in learning and communication support and assistive technology roles at Beaumont College in Lancaster.

There, she provided technical and learning support to students who use voice output communication aids, and through the Wheeltop project worked to improve students’ access to education, entertainment, social networking and environmental controls through development of customised interfaces for tablets and portable devices.

Liz is looking forward to working with Karten Centre teams to support participation in the Nuvoic project. This will be an opportunity for people with dysarthric speech who are unable to use mainstream voice recognition systems to get involved in testing and improving more accessible voice control. Potential applications include voice output for communication with others, or to interact with existing voice-driven systems such as the Amazon Alexa and other smart-home devices. If you would like more information on the Nuvoic project please contact: liz@karten-network.org.uk.

Fil McIntyre

Fil McIntyre

Assistive Technologist

Fil is passionate about the advantages the right technology can give to enhance life, communication and learning. He has provided training in assistive technology hardware and software to a wide range of professionals from schools, colleges, universities, charities and healthcare.

Fil's key skills include:

  • Assessing individuals for their technology and access requirements.
  • Consulting with organisations to ensure their Assistive Technology provision is fit for purpose.
  • Working as part of a team to ensure the technology meets people's their needs, but also fits into their lifestyle.
  • Training education and support teams, relatives and carers to ensure Assistive Technology provision is sustainable and fully utilised.
  • Delivering inspiring and engaging seminars, conference sessions and talks about Assistive Technology applications.

In addition to his TechAbility role, Fil is the Lead Assistive Technologist at Beaumont College in Lancaster where he manages a team which assesses and supports students so they gain maximum advantage from technology. Prior to Beaumont College, as part of The BRITE Initiative, Fil delivered Assistive Technology training and support to every college in Scotland. Other positions Fil has held in this field are part of Inclusive Technology delivering Training and Consultancy in schools, colleges and care services across the UK and Assistive Technologist at Seashell Trust School and College in Manchester.

Neil Beck

Neil Beck

Assistive Technologist

Neil works in both specialist and mainstream education with both adults and children. He enjoys the challenges it brings, the difference the work makes and the fantastic work he observes every day.
Through assessments, training and helping organisations directly he is aiming to widen his impact and work towards raising the standards of technology across the board.

Neil's key skills include:

  • Problem solving
  • Detailed assessments
  • Pulling together various technologies to provide solutions
  • Training and using tools suitable for a wide range of different abilities
  • Working with organisations to change their culture around technology
  • Coordinating technology projects
  • Adjusting approaches to create a truly personalised outcome for individuals
  • Linking between educational organisations and technology providers

Alongside supporting students at National Star College Neil also develops and delivers the colleges outreach program, he is the Karten Lead for the organisation, is coordinating testing for exciting new technologies and works on a number of European projects. The most recent of these projects is looking practice and perspectives across Europe in Assistive Technology. Talk to him about what you want to achieve with your learners, how technology fits into this picture and what Yoga poses he has been trying/failing to get into.

Ines Meza-Mitcher

Ines Meza-Mitcher

Administrator

Ines has over a decade of experience working in administrative support roles across a variety of sectors. She has a particular interest in charity governance and supporting boards to achieve best practice. Outside work, she enjoys writing and is currently working on a novel.