Our patron, Sir Herbert William Massie C.B.E. 2000, O.B.E. 1984, known to his friends as “Bert”, was Chairman of the Disability Rights’ Commission between 2000 and 2007. A close and long-standing friend of our Founder, Sir Bert attended three of our earliest camps at Heswall in the mid-1960s.
After obtaining his B.A. from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1977 he held a number of important positions including serving on the Voluntary Council for Handicapped Children, latterly as Vice-Chairman (1980-1993); the Access Committee for England (1984-1993); the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (1986-2002); the National Advisory Council on Employment of People with Disabilities (1991-1998); and the Cabinet Office Advisory Panel on Equal Opportunities in the Senior Civil Service (1994-2001).
Sir Bert is the author of numerous books, reports and articles on transport, employment, disability, wheelchairs and the disabled. He lists his recreations as photography, and reading. He was made an Honorary Fellow of John Moore’s University, Liverpool (2002), and gave the 36th Annual Convocation Spring Term Lecture at the University of Bristol in February 2004, and received both an honorary LL.D. from the University of Bristol and an honorary DUniv from Staffordshire University. Our Patron was knighted in the New Year’s Honours in 2007.