Kirsten Galea

ARB registered Architect and Inclusive Design Advisor based in London with twelve years’ experience in the Transport sector working on Rail and Infrastructure projects.

In 2019, my training in Access Auditing and the Equality Act has provided me with a deeper understanding of the diverse needs of people within the built environment, especially those of Deaf and Disabled people.

During my career, I have been involved in a variety of complex Transport and Infrastructure projects and have experience in a variety of roles. Having managed multi-disciplinary teams, I have developed my leadership skills to bring diverse teams together in order to succeed at each unique project challenge. The varied roles I have worked in have also provided me with a wide spectrum of knowledge.

More recently I have been supporting experience Access Consultants in managing co-production teams for large masterplans; providing access appraisal reviews of a variety of projects at planning, including designs for an embassy, townhall, train station, school, student housing accommodation, urban landscapes and public spaces; developed guidelines for hosting accessible and inclusive meetings for Deaf and Disabled people; written a number of thought pieces on accessibility and inclusion around topics such as sports facilities, changing places facilities, co-production and inclusive design consulting.

My lived and work experiences have made me very passionate about inclusive design and accessibility, which to me is the foundation to creating equitable environments for the enjoyment of everyone!

Outside of my work commitments, I also volunteer with Women in Transport, a not-for-profit supporting women in transport. Since 2016 I have acted as Company Secretary (2017-2021), Mentee Engagement Lead and Social Media Administrator volunteer roles.

I am also member of The Access Association, London & South East branch. The Access Association is a Limited Company providing a national network for individuals who are passionate about access and inclusive design.

Supporter member of The National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC). The NRAC is an independent UK wide accreditation service for individuals who provide access consultancy and access auditor services.

Supporter member and Access Champion member of Merton Centre for Independent Living (CIL). Merton CIL is an organisation run and managed by Deaf and Disabled people delivering free services for Deaf and Disabled people who live in the London Borough of Merton. They promote the independence and inclusion of Deaf and Disabled people in Merton.

Member of Transport for all. An organisation of disabled and older people dedicated to champion the rights of disabled and older people to travel with freedom and independence in London.