Christopher Wood MBE
Aviation Accessibility Consultant, Flying Disabled
Chris is a campaigner and lobbyist in aviation and disability, he is also an Aviation Accessibility Consultant. Additionally, he is a member of the UK Civil Aviation Authorities ‘Access to Air Travel’ advisory group and also the Heathrow Access Advisory Group. In the past Chris has sat on boards for the FA and the Consumer Credit Trade Association.
As well as a desire to create and improve the whole air access journey, Chris has also set his sights on bringing wheelchair air travel in line with land and sea. His goal is to establish the solution “to enable a wheelchair user to stay in their chair whilst on a flight” – he is now one third of the Air4Alll consortium that has designed the perfect answer without airlines losing any pax places – there can be no more excuses.
His two children now in their twenties are keen to travel, he does not want the fact that they are both in wheelchairs to hinder their aspirations in both work and of course pleasure. A common yearning to everyone who uses a wheelchair.
Chris is working alongside the UK government and was instrumental in getting better accessibility in air travel on the governments Aviation 2050 strategy, however he has no desire to wait that long and is starting to initiate solutions straight away. Chris received an investiture in 2021 in Her Majesty the Queens Birthday Honour’s list with an MBE, this was for his work in Accessible Aviation.