Meet our team
Gian Wild, CEO
Gian Wild is the CEO, Founder and President of AccessibilityOz, established in Australia in 2011, and the United States in 2015. Gian has worked in the accessibility industry since 1998. She worked on the first Level AAA accessible web site in Australia (Disability Information Victoria) and developed one of the first automated accessibility testing tools, PurpleCop, in 2000. She spent six years on the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group contributing to the development of WCAG2 and is currently a member of the Automated WCAG Monitoring-Community Group. Gian is on the Higher Education Content Steering Group for Accessibility Switchboard, as well as being a committee member of the ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium conference in the United States, and the Secretary of the OzeWAI conference in Australia.
Gian often speaks at both web and accessibility conferences around the world, including in the United States, Europe, South America and Canada. She spoke at the United Nations on the importance of accessibility at the Eighth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2017, Gian was nominated as Australian of the Year.
Sheryl Dwyer is a web accessibility specialist with 10 years experience working in Victorian Government web services. She has worked on major website redevelopment and design projects, notably the development of the AAA accessible DiVine website, as well as advising on Whole of Victorian web standards.
As the owner of Lukeira Consulting, Sheryl provided web accessibility solutions to both public and private companies including Public Transport Victoria, State Revenue Office, August Marketing and many others.
As the Operations Manager at AccessibilityOz, tasks range from staff management to project management. Co-ordination of projects from proposal stage to project completion is an area of expertise, as well as liaising between clients and project staff. Providing a high level of professionalism whilst managing relationships, deadlines, and staff is a priority. In her role as Operations Manager, Sheryl will continue to be able to address the web accessibility needs of her clients.
Technical Accessibility Specialist
Matt has extensive experience in IT across many industries, including education, finance, telecommunications, and software development. He leads AccessibilityOz’s technology efforts in a very hands-on manner.
Ricardo has been working in the fields of digital accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities since 2004, helping governments, universities, corporations and non-profits across Europe, USA, Latin America and the Middle East bring down access barriers to digital content and services, education and employment through strategic consulting, research, training and advocacy. For four years he managed large European Union-funded projects aimed towards improving access to education and jobs for blind people in Latin America. Later, while with Technosite (ONCE Foundation, Spain), his work focused on digital accessibility business development and project management, including a large consulting project in Qatar. From 2016 to 2018 Ricardo worked as Strategic Development Director at AMAC Accessibility, Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Ricardo has an extensive track record in project management, planning, business development, research, advocacy and partnership building.
Ricardo has been a speaker at numerous Accessibility and Disability Inclusion conferences in Latin America, the US, Europe, the Middle East, and in 2018 got his Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certification from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).
Mike brings close to 20 years of experience in sales, recruiting and accessible technology. He started working with accessible technology in 2010 as a national account executive for ZVRS where he helped accommodate Deaf employees who worked for fortune 500 businesses, schools, hospitals, federal & state agencies. In 2012, he was promoted to a new start-up unit called Stratus Video again serving as national account executive providing a cloud based on-demand video remote interpretation (VRI) for American Sign Language (ASL) and over 100 foreign languages. In September of 2012 Mike was part of the team that started VTCSecure serving as VP of sales, director of recruiting and global accessibility & diversity consultant. While at VTC he helped win the FCC VATRP contract where they successfully improved Video Relay Service (VRS) in the U.S., launched the first ASL Direct call center in New York City, and globally launched their SaaS video communication platforms.
Executive Assistant to Gian Wild
Sam Bouchat is a virtual and executive assistant and media manager located on the central Oregon Coast. She graduated cum laude from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 2013 with a minor in Japanese, and has worked in online media and blogging since 2008.
In addition to her work at AccessibilityOz, Sam writes and copyedits on a freelance basis, and pet sits professionally. She is passionate about media accessibility, having grown up with a moderately deaf father, and is excited to have a part in making that a reality.
Rafal has worked in the field of accessibility for over 15 years. He started as a volunteer at a newly-created computer lab for students with visual impairment at the University of Gdansk (Poland). Then, as a professional, he ran the lab for almost 10 years, training students and staff, preparing accessible materials. He became an acknowledged subject matter expert and was often sought as a participant in projects relating to technology for the blind.
Rafal then went to work for IVONA Software, the manufacturer of IVONA voices. At IVONA Rafal was responsible for accessibility of the company’s products, site and documentation. When IVONA became an Amazon company he was involved in projects such as Kindle Fire and Amazon Echo.
Rafal is an author of many articles on technology for blind users published in Polish magazines. He participates in conferences, delivers speeches, runs workshops, but first of all tests and provides consultancy.
You can find out more about Rafal on his website.
Full Stack Developer
Tom joined AccessibilityOz in March 2018, bringing more than 12 years experience in systems and operations development, primarily within the Education and Government sector in the UK and Australia. He is passionate about positive user experiences and dedicated to making the web accessible through proper user-interface and usability design.
As well as keeping up-to-date with the latest in web technologies, he’s becoming a regular participant in web accessibility meetups and forums.
Megha has been in web testing for more than 5 years and has primarily worked in the Logistics and Education domains.
At AccessibilityOz, Megha is responsible for using OzART to test the automated and manual accessibility of projects. She is extremely thorough in her work and adds considered details to her reporting. Megha is also highly skilled at providing quality assurance to the work done on reports, and is able to complete, compile and send reports to clients. Through the opportunity presented by AccessibilityOz, Megha is very excited to help others learn about web accessibility.
Megha would like to be thought of by others as an explorer, an animal lover, a foodie, a listener and a humane being.
Bess is a Bookkeeper and is now also working as a website tester. She has more than 20 years of financial support experience, spending 10 years in London working for global investment banks and then more recently in corporate accounting roles, funds management and as a financial application support analyst in Auckland, New Zealand.
Bess is a native of rural New Zealand but has traveled globally enjoying the roads less trodden. Bess has recently relocated to Melbourne and is very honored to be working for such a cause and in such a purposeful industry, giving those in need easier access to what is an ever changing and fast moving environment.