UKAAF Appoints new Chair, Roger Firman
  • Music braille specialist steps up as Chair
  • Focus will be on post-Covid strategy, extending membership and embracing new communications channels

 London, August 5th, 2020The UK Association for Accessible Formats has announced that Roger Firman has been named as its new Chair. Roger replaces Richard West who served as UKAAF Chair since 2014.

Roger is CEO at Golden Chord, a personalised transcription service for music, music-related and other materials in braille. He understands the practical needs of visually impaired musicians first-hand, and his deep understanding of this side of working with accessible documentation will give a unique perspective to his work leading UKAAF into the post-COVID world.

Amongst Roger’s early priorities is the ICEB (International Council on English Braille) 7th annual general assembly which was postponed from May. UKAAF has been significantly involved in the event as the host country.  The decision now is whether that event will take place virtually or in person come October. Longer term goals include widening the current membership, building alliances with other charities, extending the use of webinars and exploring new communications channels.

Commenting on his appointment, Roger said, “Obviously, I’m delighted to have been elected, but overriding everything else right now is the coronavirus Pandemic, which is affecting all of our lives but I’m particularly conscious of the impact on UKAAF members. Physical distancing has unique problems for blind and partially sighted people, and for many of us it will cause great social isolation, which deeply concerns me.”

Notes for editors

Accessible formats are alternatives to printed information, used by blind and partially sighted people, or others with a print impairment and include electronic text, large print, audio, braille, and accessible images among others.


UKAAF (the UK Association for Accessible Formats) is the industry association improving the social inclusion of blind and partially sighted people, and others with a print-reading impairment, by promoting better availability and quality of accessible formats. It sets standards and promotes best practice for quality accessible information based on user needs, and helps organisations better meet the needs of people who struggle to read standard printed materials.

UKAAF’s members include individuals, transcribers, service providers, educators, researchers, print services, publishers and end users. Visit

Media contact:

Carina Birt

Public Relations Officer, UKAAF

[email protected]

+44 07970 006624


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