Chandra was elected President in September 2010 after serving two years as the Accessibility Representative on the Committee. She is a freelance user experience researcher and holds a PhD in Human Computer Interaction from the University of York, an MSc in Applied Experimental Psychology from University of Canterbury, NZ and postgraduate qualifications in Ergonomics from Massey University in NZ. Her research has been published in text books, journals and international conference proceedings including CHI. She is a member of the British Computer Society, Association of Computer Machinery and the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors in the UK. She is also the accessibility representative of the UK User Experience Professionals Association.
Chandra has held research, testing and human centred design roles for a range of companies covering web, mobile, product and software development in New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom and across Europe. She has been part of multi-disciplinary design teams that have included usability specialists, engineers, visual designers, and software developers. Her work has included user interface design, prototyping, development, expert evaluations and accessibility testing, and contributing to in-house design guidelines. Chandra also enjoys teaching the principles of human centred design to students at City University, as well as to clients.
Chandra’s objectives for the UXPA UK
Chandra plans to build on the great work that has been done in the past few years by continuing to improve the services offered to members and the events held. Chandra also plans to encourage greater collaboration with other organisations and increase the benefits to local members such as discounts for events and products by connecting with organisations that support the UX community. Finally, Chandra plans to work with the committee to improve coverage of the UK by promoting and holding events further afield and source sponsorship for UXPA UK events and activities.
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