Roger Jefcoate CBE
Roger was a member of the team that developed Possum at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, in the 1960s. Possum was the first remote control system for severely disabled. Roger went on to initiate several national charities, including:
In addition to this, Roger is actively involved in many other charities and institutions in and around Aylesbury and the south Buckinghamshire area, including London Youth’s Activenture program at its Woodrow High House residential centre in Amersham. (This is a program which the Wheelwrights Company has previously supported through charitable donations.)
Roger was the Open University’s first technology for disability adviser and was awarded an Hon MA by the Open University in 1980. He was awarded the CBE in 1998 for services to disabled people. In 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (BCUC) in recognition of his lifetime work promoting assistive technology for disabled people.
Roger is also a Liveryman of the Drapers Company