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Nomensa appoints Principal Accessibility Consultant

Published on Tuesday, 14th July 2020

Nomensa makes key appointment

Bristol-based international strategic UX design agency, Nomensa, has appointed former head of accessibility for the Government Digital Service (GDS), Alistair Duggin, as its principal accessibility consultant.

Renowned for combining expertise in psychology and user-centred design to deliver accessible and ground-breaking experiences with award-winning results, Nomensa has recruited Alistair to lead and oversee its accessibility and research projects with private, public and third sector organisations including MET Office, National Trust and more.

A pillar of the London accessibility community, Duggin brings with him over two decades’ experience within the digital sphere, having worked in in-house roles at the BBC where he led on the 2012 Olympics website accessibility project and revolutionised the BBC weather app.

He also held senior positions at the Money Advice Service, the Treasury and GDS, where he played a leading role in the creation of government accessibility guidance, training and resources; and introduced the Government Digital Service Empathy Lab. Here, individuals could test their website with assisted technology for the first time and other departments including HMRC, NHS and more have now also followed his example. However, following his most recent position as an accessibility engineer at Apple, Alistair is now transitioning into an agency-based role for the first time.

Speaking of the appointment, Alistair Duggin said: “I’ve worked with Nomensa in the past from a client perspective and I’m excited to now be working alongside the whole team, especially Alastair Campbell, who is one of the most respected accessibility experts in the world. I’ve spent time over the last year reflecting and understanding what I enjoy about my work and I realised that I’m passionate about helping teams to make things accessible, taking a hands-on approach and Nomensa is the perfect place to do that.

“I feel like I’m on an accessibility journey – first starting as a developer, to then implementing organisational change, raising capability through guidance and more, and now I’m able to combine that knowledge and put it into action. Nomensa is, I believe, the best accessibility consultancy in the UK and I look forward to working across its diverse range of clients.”

Speaking of the appointment, Simon Norris CEO of Nomensa said: “We are pleased to welcome Alistair on board and see him join our London team. Alistair has a vast range of experience over his 20-year career, with iconic work under his belt including his 2012 Olympics web accessibility work, which would have been viewed by audiences all over the world. We admire the work that he has done thus far, and we are excited to see what he will bring to the table at Nomensa.

“Our ongoing success is down to our people and their commitment to what they do. That’s why we work tirelessly to recruit the right people and create an environment where they can flourish, share their creative ideas and progress in their professional careers.”

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