Meet the current Executive INBAF Committee!
Ilka Stäglin is the current chairperson of INBAF. She is also Director of Education at ChildVision since 2017, having formerly set up and managed the National Braille Production Centre at ChildVision since 2000. She has a keen interest in braille as a code and in teaching braille literacy at different levels. Ilka represents Ireland as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) since 2013.
Lina Kouzi is the Library and Media Services Manager at NCBI. Lina manages the Library and accessible production services at NCBI (Braille, audio and Large print). Lina is the Secretary of INBAF and is currently involved in the development and implementation of the Unified Braille Code in Ireland.
Stuart Lawler is Business Development Manager at Sight and Sound Technology Limited, a UK-based Assistive Technology company, who opened an Irish office in September 2018. He is an avid Braille reader and uses it daily as part of his job. He has extensive expertise in the area of Assistive technology and is particularly interested in how Braille, alongside mainstream and assistive access solutions can be used together.
Greg Flanagan is the current Work Training Officer in charge of the Braille Unit in Arbour Hill Prison where he teaches Braille and is responsible for the transcription of documents for commercial businesses and all government departments. He is also a Braille Tutor for the Birmingham Braille Course in Ireland. Having completed the Perkins repair course in Boston he is the only qualified repair man in Ireland.
Carol Byrne is a Braille Transcriber in the NCBI Library and Media Centre. She produces non-commercial Braille and in 2015, completed the FETAC Level 5 ‘Learn Braille by sight’ course.
Rebecca Curtis is a Braille Transcriber and Daisy Book Producer in the NCBI Library and Media Centre. She produces non-commercial Braille and Twin Vision books. She completed the “Learn Braille by Sight” course in 2017.
Brian Dalton works as a QA accessibility Test Analyst at Aer Lingus. Braille is instrumental in Brian’s work and home life. He uses it to read stories to his two children, using an iPad or a Kindle, along with a Braille display. Braille is also visible on many bottles and packets containing Medicine for his children. Promoting how important Braille is in all aspects of life is something that means a lot to Brian.
Christina Kelly works as an Executive Officer in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. She has been a Braille user all her life, both hardcopy and electronic, and is passionate about the importance of Braille both in education and for leisure.
Katharine Howe is the Deputy Manager of Reading Services (formerly NBP) at ChildVision. She was the first person in Ireland to receive a certified braille qualification in UEB. Katharine has an in-depth knowledge of IT and has utilised that in her work with braille and alternative formats.
Michael Lavin is a retired civil servant and the current treasurer of INBAF. He worked as a computer programmer with the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform for 28 years. He has been a user of assistive screen reading systems throughout his working life. He is a braille reader and in October 2014 became a member of the Irish braille working group. In this capacity he took a keen interest in the computerisation of the Irish braille code and how it can be implemented across various braille displays.