Lyndall Thomas – Director
Lyndall leads the Information Access Group team. She loves sharing her passion for clear and accessible communication. Lyndall uses her 15 years of experience in communication – from writing, editing, journalism and publishing to marketing, design and website development – to make sure our clients receive the best advice and that all aspects of the work meet our clients’ needs. Lyndall manages high-level projects and the direction and quality of work produced.
“I believe that information should be accessible to the widest possible audience, including people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and those with low levels of literacy. That’s why we started the Information Access Group.”
Anthony Briggs – Director
“I love knowing that the work we do helps make such a difference in the lives of people who are frequently shut out from accessing information. Knowledge is power.”
Our editorial team
Ian Thomas – Managing Editor
Ian leads projects in editorial, design, web and accessibility. Ian produces, edits and formats content using his considerable writing and design skills and coordinates projects to make sure our clients’ needs and deadlines are met. Ian’s 10 year background in education gives him valuable knowledge of learning methodologies and techniques that he can apply to our clients’ projects.
“After working on an extremely diverse range of Easy Read projects, I can appreciate how important it is to provide clear information.”
Emily Williamson – Managing Editor
Emily is a talented communications professional with editorial experience in magazines and marketing. She recently worked as a content writer and editor at Australian Pacific Tourism and, for three years, Emily volunteered with Amnesty International, working with the Victorian branch as the Editor-in-Chief of the AM-UNITY Magazine. This project allowed her to combine her two great passions – writing and human rights.
“I believe it’s important for everyone to have access to information, no matter their level of literacy.”
Jennifer Butler – Editor and Project Manager
Jen is a highly experienced editor and project manager who worked for more than eight years within the Higher Education division of Oxford University Press (OUP), Australia and New Zealand. She has project edited more than 70 books, including the 2018 edition of Australian Taxation Law. Jen recently worked with the Information Access Group as the Lead Editor on the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. She was the Lead Editor and the Project Manager of the Final Report.
“Making complex ideas accessible has long been a passion of mine. I'm delighted to be working with a team that shares this passion and has such deep knowledge of how to communicate with diverse audiences.”
Lucy Ridsdale – Editor
Lucy Ridsdale is an editor with a diverse background that includes academic and legal editing and project management. She has worked for Oxford University Press (OUP) as an editor, proofreader and editorial assistant. Lucy recently joined the Information Access Group team to edit the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
“I love it that the work we do makes information accessible to a much greater proportion of the community. That is as it should be and grants dignity and power to those who are sometimes shut out of decision-making.”
Merryon Ryall – Writer and Editor
Merryon writes, edits and proofreads our clients’ content to ensure it is engaging, targeted, clear and concise. Merryon has over 10 years’ experience in creating engaging and plain language content for online and print publications and for varied audiences and formats. Merryon’s experience working in government as a writer and editor means that she has insight into our government clients’ processes and procedures.
“I’m passionate about writing clear and engaging content that is targeted to the needs of the audience.”
Larry Hudson – Content Producer
Larry Hudson joined the Information Access Group after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2016. His study of linguistics sparked an interest in the social purposes of language – how it can be used to divide people but also to bring them together. He has a natural aptitude for technology, teaching himself a number of programming languages, website creation and app development. Working at the Information Access Group allows him to combine these.
“Making communications more accessible is a really rewarding experience because it benefits everyone.”
Our design studio
Sean de Kretser – Studio/Account Manager
Sean is the main point of contact for our new clients and plays an important role in the day-to-day running of our office. He uses his extensive corporate, freelance and leadership experience to manage our clients’ projects from conception to completion. His passion for helping our community ensures our clients are supported to get the best possible outcomes for their editorial, design, print, web and accessibility projects.
“Making information accessible to such a broad spectrum of user groups is truly rewarding. It’s one of the reasons why it’s easy to get out of bed in the morning and come to work with this amazingly talented and creative group of people. I am grateful for the opportunity to see, first-hand, the positive effect our accessibility work has.”
Amy Laker – Senior Graphic Designer
Amy provides creative, high-quality graphic design services for clients. She has worked across the public and private sectors and is highly skilled at designing for both print and digital communications. Amy is enthusiastic about creating accessible designs and is a skilled user experience consultant. She conceptualises, designs and coordinates the production of publications, promotional material and user-centred design for online platforms.
“Inclusive, accessible design is my passion and it is so rewarding to be able to visually communicate to everyone in the community.”
Amita Joshi – Graphic and Website Designer
Amita is the key illustrator for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander image set and ShowMe Images product. She also works on numerous Easy Read, design and website projects for our clients. Amita creates simple, attractive websites that meet the needs of our clients and their audiences. She is a skilled interface designer with experience designing for websites, intranets and e-learning environments.
“I love to design clean, easy-to-use and engaging experiences for web and graphic projects.”
Fiona Chen – Graphic Designer
Fiona Chen has recently joined the Information Access Group team as a graphic designer. Fiona graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Communication Design in 2018. She is also currently studying for a Bachelor of Business with a marketing major. In her new role with us, Fiona is responsible for illustration, design and layout and the development of Easy Read images and icons for a range of clients. She is also working on a number of web and digital projects.
“I find it rewarding that people benefit from the work we do, as accessible information can make people’s lives much easier. It’s an empowering tool.”
Our business development team
Matthew Mulhall – Accounts Manager and Business Analyst
Matthew’s key motivation is to help organisations improve their performance by improving their systems. Matthew is an experienced business analyst who has worked in payroll, accounting, human resources and project management and is highly skilled in data migration. Matthew has consulted widely for organisations large and small, providing expert project-by-project advice, and is an experienced accounts manager and data analyst.
“This is a very special team of individuals doing important work for vital industries. I am proud to be using my business and IT knowledge to help this team succeed.”
Therese Kennedy – Inclusion Advisor
Therese is a marketing and inclusion specialist. She helps clients understand how to use accessible communications to increase engagement and get results. Therese has over 20 years' experience in project management, marketing and administration and has worked in the health, disability and employment sectors. She wants people to understand the benefits of presenting information in accessible ways and improving how they communicate.
“I love drawing on the expertise and creativity of the team here to help organisations connect and engage with their audiences. I really enjoy getting to know the business goals of organisations and then marrying these up with the needs of the user.”