Keith Richards is a barrister and a professional mediator. His specialist expertise covers a range of areas, including disability and equality rights, alternative dispute resolution, and sustainability. He has been the chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) since 1 November 2014.
Previously, Keith was vice chair of DPTAC until 2010 and during that time served as chair of its international working group, covering aviation and passenger shipping.
He is a panel member at the Competition and Markets Authority, a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, and chair of the Renewable Energy Consumer Codes non-compliance panel. He set up the independent Consumer Panel at the Civil Aviation Authority and served as chair for 6 years until December 2017.
Chair - DPTAC
The chair is responsible for:
- helping disabled people to travel more freely, independently and in safety and comfort
- making sure DPTAC meets its statutory roles as set out in the Transport Act 1985
- highlighting the transportation needs of disabled people
- developing a committee-wide understanding of the needs of disabled people
- publicising the transportation needs of disabled people through engagement with stakeholders
- the wider transport sector, including bus, rail and taxi operators
- community transport and also organisations involved in personal transport for disabled people, motoring, mobility scooters and street design
- organisations representing the interests of disabled people generally and also those representing people with particular types of impairment
- central government, mainly the Department for Transport (DfT) but also Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)