Our team is passionate about making a difference in our community. Meet the people who are working towards a culture of accessibility.

Sean de Kretser

Sean de Kretser

Managing Director

Sean leads the Information Access Group team. He combines his passion for helping our community with his extensive corporate and leadership experience to ensure our clients are supported to get the best possible outcomes for their editorial, design, print, web and accessibility projects. Sean has experience in design, communication, project and team management. His focus is on providing our team and clients with an exceptional and supportive work environment.

“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.”

Lyndall Thomas

Lyndall Thomas

Founder

Lyndall Thomas established the Information Access Group in 2009. In 2021, after 12 years at the helm, she passed the baton of leadership for the business to Sean de Kretser. Lyndall continues to exercise her passion for clear and accessible communication in a part-time, consultancy role. Lyndall uses her 20 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 possible.

“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.”

Kellie Preston

Kellie Preston

General Manager

Kellie plays an integral role in the day-to-day running of the Information Access Group. She works alongside the Managing Director and Leadership Team to manage editorial and design related operations and the performance of the business. Kellie is an experienced project and operations manager with a background in design and print. She has a strong focus on community and encouraging others to demonstrate compassion and empathy.

“Being part of a team that focuses on such positive support by connecting people in the wider community is amazing.”

Leadership team

Larry Hudson

Larry Hudson

Team Leader – Innovation, Tech and Web

Larry leads a team of developers and editors with a focus on online accessibility. He is passionate about finding innovative new ways to make information more accessible for the target audience. Larry builds accessible websites and manages online accessibility projects for our clients. He always strives to follow best practices in web development and document publishing. Larry has a professional certificate in Web Accessibility from the University of South Australia.

“Making communications more accessible is a really rewarding experience because it benefits everyone.”

Stephen Preston

Stephen Preston

Team Leader – Major Accounts Manager

Stephen plays an integral role in managing our key client’s accounts and overseeing projects from concept to completion in design, print, web and accessibility. Stephen leads a team of editors and designers and is an experienced account manager focused on delivering high-quality customer service. Stephen has an ongoing commitment to learning, communication, and working collaboratively with clients to achieve the best outcomes.

“Community is our social fabric of life. Making communications more accessible to everyone is very rewarding. I feel privileged to be part of a team whose goal is to create a more inclusive society.”

Myriam Khalil

Myriam Khalil

Team Leader – Major Accounts Manager

Myriam is an experienced project manager with a background in managing large translation projects. She leads a team of editors and designers to oversee and deliver projects from conception through to completion. Myriam has invaluable experience maintaining quality assurance procedures and creating strategies for government clients that meet the needs of the target audience. This is integral to providing exceptional outcomes for our major clients.

“Working in accessible communications makes me realise that we shouldn’t take our access to information for granted. The more work we deliver, the more we know that people can take part in society.”

Fiona Chen

Fiona Chen

Assistant Team Leader – Design Quality

Fiona leads a team of designers and editors and manages some of our key client relationships. She is a talented graphic designer with experience managing design, print, digital, web and accessibility projects. Fiona’s studies in business marketing and communication design make her an integral part of our design quality process, making sure we complete our image development and design work to a high standard.

“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.”

Editorial team

Stephen Preston

Melanie Page

Managing Editor

Melanie produces marketing materials and strategies to help our clients learn more about the services we offer and the importance of accessibility. She also writes and edits Easy Read and plain language content for a wide range of projects. Melanie is an experienced communications professional who uses her creativity and skills to create engaging and informative content that supports our organisation and our clients.

“I love working in an organisation that is helping to build independence and community through the development of a culture of accessibility.”

David Murray

David Murray

Project Editor

David is an accomplished writer and editor who supports our clients and editorial team with Easy Read projects. David completed a Master of Writing and Publishing at RMIT University in 2022. His studies and previous experience have given him a broad understanding of different writing and editing styles, formats and projects. David is passionate about editing and writing content that is accessible for everyone.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to do good in the community through my work.”

Jennifer Butler

Jennifer Butler

Editor and Project Manager

Jen is a highly experienced editor and project manager who manages editorial projects for our clients focusing particularly on work with Royal Commissions. Jen worked for more than eight years within the Higher Education division of Oxford University Press (OUP), Australia and New Zealand. She is an accomplished lead editor with a background in technical and non-fiction text and she has project edited more than 70 books.

“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.”

Sarah Pradolin

Sarah Pradolin

Project Editor

Sarah is an accomplished writer and editor who supports our clients and editorial team with Easy Read and plain language projects. She is passionate about editing and writing content that is accessible for everyone. Sarah has a Masters of Writing and Publishing which, combined with her previous experience, has given her a broad understanding of different writing and editing styles, formats and projects.

“I enjoy working on projects that make a real difference to how information is accessed.”

Edward Hodge

Edward Hodge

Project Editor

Edward writes and edits Easy Read and plain language content for clients and manages editorial projects. A talented writer and editor, Edward graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor of Creative Writing in 2021. He has a comprehensive understanding of different writing and editing styles and formats. Edward is focused on producing content that meets the needs of users and the community.

“Information is often kept behind barriers of language. When something is accessible, everyone can use it. It's enriching to be part of a team that aims to eliminate these barriers.”

Mikayla Bamford

Mikayla Bamford

Editor

Mikayla is an engaging writer and editor. She supports our editorial team with Easy Read projects that meet client and audience needs. Mikayla joined the Information Access Group after graduating from RMIT University with a Master of Writing and Publishing in 2022. She has experience working with a wide variety of content, formats and projects and is also skilled in creating accessible documents. Mikayla is passionate about creating user focussed content.

“Content that is accessible for all is an essential human right. I feel privileged to be a part of a team that cares and advocates for everyone’s right to access information.”

Zoe Sorenson

Zoe Sorenson

Editor

Zoe is an enthusiastic writer and editor who supports our clients and editorial team with Easy Read and accessibility projects. She is skilled at a range of writing and editing styles with experience in project management. Zoe joined the Information Access Group after graduating from Swinburne University of Technology with a Bachelor of Media and Communication (Professional) in 2022.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to access and understand information that they need or want. It's really exciting to be learning and working in this space to make content more accessible for everyone.”

Evelyn Lee

Evelyn Lee

Editor

Evelyn is a passionate writer and editor who supports our clients and editorial team with Easy Read and plain language projects. She joined the Information Access Group after graduating from Swinburne University of Technology with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative Writing and Literature. Evelyn has undertaken a diverse range of internships that have given her experience working on a range of literary projects and digital media.

“It's an honour to work with such a supportive team and to play a small part in making information accessible for everyone.”

Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan

Editor

Tom is an engaging writer and editor who creates Easy Read and plain language content for our clients. He joined the Information Access Group in 2023, bringing several years’ experience in copywriting, structural editing and proofreading for different audiences. Tom graduated from RMIT with a Master of Writing and Publishing in 2021 and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative Writing in 2019.

“Good communication is a fundamental part of belonging to a community. I consider it a genuine privilege that I’m able to help bridge that divide and give everybody the chance to be included.”

Tom Linkins

Tom Linkins

Editor

Tom is a motivated writer and editor who creates Easy Read and plain language content for our clients. He graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Creative Writing and is currently studying a Master of Writing and Publishing at RMIT. Tom has experience writing and editing for a diverse range of publications across arts, education, entertainment, food and travel.

“I love the idea that our work has the ability to make someone else’s day-to-day life a little easier and more accessible.”

Design team

Fraser Bignell

Fraser Bignell

Graphic Designer and Project Manager

Fraser is an experienced project manager and graphic designer. He leads Easy Read and accessibility projects, assists business development and works on design and illustration for our clients. Fraser's experience spans across finance, hospitality and social enterprise sectors, as well as operating as a freelance brand consultant for a number of years. He loves engaging with people and helping make their content – and brands – cleaner and more accessible.

“Connecting people with the information they need – in a way that works for them – is an inspiring mission to be a part of.”

Liam Grant

Liam Grant

Assistant Design Quality Manager

Liam is a skilled graphic designer who works on creating engaging designs and illustrations for our clients. He also helps make sure our design team completes our image development and design work to a high standard. Liam has experience designing and illustrating promotional materials, web, print and digital publications. His previous studies and experience have given him a good grounding in design elements, techniques and technology.

“Information communicated in an accessible way gives people the freedom to live more independently. I feel privileged to be able to play a small role in helping to empower people in this way.”

Annabel Isom

Annabel Isom

Graphic Designer

Annabel works on a range of graphic design, accessibility and web development projects for our clients. Annabel is an accomplished designer and illustrator with a background in visual arts and education. They also create custom illustrations, icons and Easy Read images for our clients. Annabel graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Design in 2022.

“Equal access to information is a basic right for everyone. We’re helping create means of access that is fair for everyone in our diverse community. I am grateful to be a part of this.”

Shannon Loh

Shannon Loh

Web Developer and Graphic Designer

Shannon supports the Information Access Group team with web development, graphic design and accessibility projects. Shannon is a communication designer who graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Design and IT in 2021. She uses her print and digital design experience to create accessible websites, illustrations and design elements for our clients.

“Accessibility helps us understand and appreciate the various opinions, perspectives, and values within our community. I am grateful to be a part of an organisation that genuinely cares about other people.”

Renee de Vlugt

Renee de Vlugt

Graphic Designer

Renee is an innovative graphic and user experience designer. She works on designs and creative work for our clients in Easy Read, branding and web development. Renee has a background in Media and Communications and completed her Bachelor of Communication Design at Monash University in 2021. She is passionate about designing products that communicate clearly and are accessible for the whole community.

“I'm incredibly glad to work with a team that cares deeply about accessibility. By making communications accessible we can help support people to be independent and included in the community.”

Jason Varley

Jason Varley

Graphic Designer

Jason supports our team with graphic design, accessibility and web development projects. Jason is a designer and developer who graduated from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment with an Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development in 2020. He uses his digital and web design skills to create accessible websites, illustrations and design elements for our clients.

“Given the breadth of opportunities great design can offer, I'm glad I can work with a team putting it to use to help those who would benefit most in our communities.”

Sienna Fernando

Sienna Fernando

Graphic Designer

Sienna is a dedicated graphic designer who works on creating designs and illustrations for our clients. She joined the Information Access Group in 2023 after graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Design. Sienna’s studies and experience have given her an understanding of design through a visual communication lens. She has skills in typesetting, illustrating and visually translating written information, concept development and branding. She is also a published author and artist.

“Design should be used to help people and have a positive, lasting impact on our society. I’m proud to be part of a team that values and investigates this potential.”

Savanah Murtough

Savanah Murtough

Graphic Designer

Savanah is a creative graphic designer who develops designs and illustrations for our clients. She joined the Information Access Group in 2023 after graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Design specialising in motion. Savanah has a background in fine arts and believes design is a way of starting discussions between people. She is passionate about human-centred experiences and applies her attention to detail to every client project.

“It is a great privilege to be part of a team that is creating accessibility and inclusion within our community - celebrating our diversity and recognising the needs of others.”

Catherine Sharp

Catherine Sharp

Graphic Designer

Catherine supports our team by developing designs and illustrations for our clients. Her skill set includes user experience and user interface design, storyboard creation, photo editing and stakeholder engagement. Catherine graduated from Chisholm TAFE with a Diploma of Graphic Design after completing a Cert II in Printing and Graphic Design. She has experience in the commercial, arts and education sectors and is deeply committed to social justice and issues of diversity and equity.

“It is immensely fulfilling to be a part of an organisation that dedicates itself to overcoming barriers and making information available to all members of our diverse community.”

Support team

Lynn de Kretser

Lynn de Kretser

Events and Administration Manager

Lynn is an integral part of the Information Access Group business. Her experience supporting children with disability to integrate into a mainstream school environment gives her a unique perspective on the work we undertake. Lynn is passionate about holding events for our team that help create a sense of community and fun. This contributes to developing our strong internal workplace culture.

“I’m passionate about reaching those who need that extra bit of help. That’s why working at the Information Access Group means so much to me.”

Taylah Hutchinson

Taylah Hutchinson

Administrative Assistant

Taylah plays a vital role supporting the Managing Director, Team Leaders and wider team with a range of administrative duties. She also supports our project managers with organisational resource planning. Taylah graduated from RMIT with a Master of Writing and Publishing. She has experience liaising with professionals in different environments and consistently goes above and beyond for our clients.

“It’s an incredible privilege to work for a business with the pursuit of accessibility at its core. Everybody deserves equal access to communication – it’s a pillar of humanity.”