Robert McLaren

Head of Assistive and Accessible Technology

Robert has a background in the assistive and accessible technology sector, working as a consultant and support worker for over five years before joining Policy Connect as Policy Manager for Assistive Technology in 2017. Since 2019, Robert has headed up the Health and Accessibility Team.

While at Policy Connect, Robert has authored two reports, Accessible VLEs (2018) and Disabled Students’ Allowances (2019). Robert chairs the Department for Education’s Assistive Technology Expert Group, and he co-chairs the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Digital Lifeline Advisory Group on digital inclusion. Most recently, Robert worked with the Disability Unit in the Cabinet Office to co-deliver policy design workshops, which gave rise to proposals for the establishment of a Centre for Assistive and Accessible Technology; the National Disability Strategy (2021) commits to investment to explore the development of the Centre and Robert continues to work with officials, disabled people, and stakeholders on this project. 

Robert holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from King's College London and a PGC in Teaching Adults with Specific Learning Difficulties from London Metropolitan University. He is dyslexic and was first introduced to assistive technology when he received a Disabled Student’s Allowance as an undergraduate. Outside work, Robert performs with an improv group and chairs the arts and education charity SET Centre.  

robert.mclaren [at] policyconnect.org.uk