Hopefully you’ve worked out by now I’m not The Henny Swan Pub in Suffolk and in fact an actual person. Having said that you’d be forgiven for thinking I was a pub as I did grow up a couple of miles down the road (really). No, I don’t know what my parents were thinking either…

Anyway,  this is where I occasionally mind dump non pub-related stuff in a desperate attempt to remember some of what I learn day to day in my work as an accessibility specialist. Currently working at the BBC I’ve been in this space for 14 years previously at Opera Software, the Royal National Institute of the Blind, freelancing, and a startup in China.

Recent Projects

  • BBC Mobile Accessibility  Standards and Guidelines – lead editor on a set of technology agnostic standards and guidelines used across BBC. These came bundled with technology specific – HTML, iOS, Android – techniques, examples and evaluation criteria
  • The BBC Standard Media Player (SMP) – the BBC SMP is a pan BBC, responsive player built in Flash and HTML
  • iPlayer – oversaw the accessibility in the relaunch of a responsive BBC iPlayer (2014)


I have contributed to the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG), User Agent Accessibility Guidelines User Group (UAAG), the W3C Mobile Symposium, the UN Global Initiative for Accessible ICT (UNG3ICT), and am a past co-lead of the Web Standards Project (WASP) International Liaison Group (ILG).


I have written articles for Dot Net Magazine, the Web Standards Project, the Opera Developers blog (ODIN), Spotless Interactive, BECTA, Scroll and Scrunchup. I have also contributed to Rhetorical Accessibility: At the Intersection of Technical Communication and Disability Studies with Sarah Lewthwaite and Implementing responsive design by Tim Kadlec.


I regularly speak at conferences such as South by South West, the World Wide Web Conference, Techshare, Accessibility 2.0, eAccess, Mobile Monday and CSUN.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Henny,
    I recently came across your accessibility article on Smashing Magazine.
    I work for a Swedish web agency called “Oktavilla” (http://oktavilla.se) and occasionally we use our space to organise modestly-sized speaker events. The topic of accessibility is of interest to us and we are looking for specialists who would be willing to speak on the topic this Spring.

    Would you, by chance, be around Stockholm this Spring? Or could you recommend any accessibility cofreres / cosoeurs in this part of Scandinavia?

    Thanks so much, Sarah


  2. Hi Henny,

    Loved your lectures on CSUN this year and last year!

    Are you available to give a lecture on June 4th in Oslo, Norway?
    We are interested to learn more about your work on user experience, and the “anatomy of an accessible web app”, as your lecture at CSUN last year was named. How you work on accessibility in apps from conception to completion, the BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines, etc.
    We will of course cover any expenses in connection with attendance, and will also pay a fee.
    Do you have an email address where I can send you some more information?

    Tone Alexandra


  3. Did Israel’s innovative pehoprt tell two of his fellow pehoprts to go into the city’ (Mk.14.16) and prepare the Passover’ (Mk.14.16)? I suggest not, but that he did instruct the two to go into the temple and prepare the sanctuary. The altar of incense had to be kept burning and the lights had to be lit. This would have been immediately before the sunset that started the last great day of The Feast on a Sabbath. The so-called guest room’ or large upper room’ was the sanctuary. Our pehoprt had an authority comparable to that of any previous pehoprt of Israel.The two pehoprts were to meet a fellow pehoprt carrying a jar of water (Mk.14.13). This was for an oblation when water would be poured out into the earth, symbolic of God pouring out the Spirit. It was a daily ritual during The Feast. There was no last supper as such. But when the pehoprts gathered at the sanctuary, the water of the New Covenant was poured out by the pehoprt, not for the many’, but for Israel. (Mk.14.24). A remanent clue to what the pehoprt was proclaiming is in the anachronistic extant text of Jn.7.37-39. On the last and great day of The Feast, the pehoprt stood (no doubt on the steps to the sanctuary) and proclaimed loudly, If anyone is thirsty, let him come and drink. Whoever obeys the Spirit, streams of living water will flow from within him . Living water’ or pure water’ referred to the continual obedient actions of those cleansed by the Spirit. Of course the editor’s of John tell us that up to that time, the Spirit had not yet been given, implying in effect, the Spirit would be given after the Jesus of their story had risen. In another sense, the Spirit wasn’t yet given to Israel, because most of the priests rejected it, preferring the status quo of the temple cult of animal sacrifices for sins.


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