Andy Richard Berry, MSc
1961 to 1969
To catch a flavour of the period of Andy’s time at TDS, read ‘Bringing Up Andrew’ by his Mother.
Obtained a First Class Honours degree from Middlesex Polytechnic, then a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Manchester. He set up a partnership and then a limited company that employed eight people. A difficult period followed but in 1993 he started work as a contractor with IBM. He has played a major part in some very large projects developing complex software for the banking, financial service & electrical industries. A serious illness in 1996 led to a 18 month stay in hospital and left him confined to a wheelchair. With the support of his partner, he has now returned to work and is now able to walk again.
His voluntary interests include being Chair of Accessibility Gloucestershire and spokesperson for Alert. Andy is also on the committee for RADAR advising on access issues. He was a board member of Scope (formerly The Spastics Society) from 1985 to 2001. Andy was vice-chairman of the charity (1992) and chairman of marketing committee (1992-1994). Major achievements include: significant involvement in the process of changing the name to SCOPE; ensuring that all regional offices and the new head office are accessible to people with disabilities and producing the concept behind Fasttrack (a scheme to provide management opportunities for people with disabilities). In the past he has advised the New Millennium Experience Co. Ltd. on disability issues with particular emphasis on staff training and access and was a member of Central Transport Consultative Committee (rail industry watchdog) from 1990 to 1993, responsible for representing the interests of people with disabilities.