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Our Team

Our Board of Trustees comprises nine individuals who voluntarily give their time to China Vision's work. Our trustees each have a profound knowledge of China, disability, education or a combination of all three fields:


Stephen Hallett


Stephen has lived and worked in China since 1980. After producing TV documentaries for over a decade, his own visual impairment inspired him to begin exploring the potentialities of disability, and since 1999 he has committed his energies to contributing to disability rights and social equity in China. Stephen is a founder member of China Vision. In 2010 he was awarded an OBE for his work in the disability field. He currently manages the U-Lead East Asia Disability Rights Forum, a joint research initiative run with the University of Leeds. 


Chris McMillan

Secretary and author/editor of China Vision's news blog

Chris was diagnosed with Nystagmus soon after birth, schooled completely within the specialist education system.  Met her first Chinese students while at technical college in 1970 and has spent over 40 years as a volunteer for UK organisations supporting people with visual and other disabilities. Chris was a founder member of China Vision. 


Graham de Smidt

Treasurer (Educational Consultant) 

Graham has been a community development worker and photographer, worked in further education sector for 20 years, most recently training vocational teachers. Currently designing online teacher education courses and volunteering at the RNIB.


Ellen Bassani

Disability Equality Consultant and Trainer

Ellen has been a Social Worker, public speaker, university lecturer, and for the last twenty-five years, disability equality trainer.  She has conducted a series of disability equality training programs in China. She regards her visual loss as her greatest gift and encourages others to validate their own disability journey.


Paul Crook

Broadcasting Consultant

Paul is a former broadcaster and journalist with the BBC Chinese Service. A specialist in Chinese affairs including culture and human rights, he has a special interest in LGBT rights. He travels widely in China and East Asia. Paul was a founder member of China Vision. 


Anxi Jiang

Broadcasting Consultant

Anxi is a musicologist from Beijing and has worked as a film researcher and producer of TV documentaries about China for the past 20 years. She has worked with China Vision on disability affairs in China since 2006.


Theresa Mellon

Staff and Organisationsal Development Consultant

Theresa has extensive experience of managing development programmes for NGOs in Africa and Central Asia. Strong background in organisational learning and development. Most recently working as head of staff development in a London university.


Sue Walker

Disability Education Consultant

Sue gained extensive understanding of visual impairment and other disabilities whilst working for the Royal London Society for the Blind and in mainstream education. She has travelled widely to support specialist visual impairment education, covering Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Sue was a founder member of China Vision.


Lili Wang

Broadcasting Consultant

Lili is a former broadcaster and journalist with the BBC Chinese Service. She is a specialist in media and Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan affairs. She travels widely in the region.


Dr Sarah Dauncey

Associate Professor Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham

Sarah has over 25 years of experience studying and visiting China. She has a strong personal interest in disability, which has stimulated and informed her research into the representation of disability in China. Her work aims to transform the cultural landscape of disability, enhancing disability awareness and social equality as a consequence. 


Professor Anna Lawson

Professor of Law, University of Leeds

Anna heads the Centre of Disability Studies at the university and participates in UK Equality and Human Rights Commissions (as an adviser on their monitoring of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities). She advises China Vision on legal matters related to inclusion, accessibility, reasonable accommodation and equality, in access to justice and the disabling and enabling potential of law.

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