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


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