Gavin  Neate 

After serving with The RAF in the Military Police, Gavin began an 18-year career with Guide Dogs for the Blind as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. His comprehensive knowledge of visual impairment and routine experience of poorly installed pedestrian crossings led him to design a unique system, with which any person living with reduced mobility, could safely and automatically operate a pedestrian crossing using their smartphone.The ‘Button’ system has been winning innovation awards and is now installed in the entire town of Largs and increasingly available across the UK.

This success has led to a range of smart solutions based on the challenges disabled people face every day and the latest release, “Welcome”, has provided a smart platform which connects disabled shoppers to customer services teams providing the service team with training and awareness immediately prior to their customer's arrival.

‘Welcome’ was nominated alongside Facebook and Microsoft in last year's Disability-Smart Awards for Technological Initiative of the year and is the recipient of the prestigious International Zero Project Award for Innovative Practices.

Gavin has a real love for equality and inclusion and believes firmly that a positive approach and a clear understanding of all parties' points of view is the foundation for the very best solutions. 

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