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Sir Bert Massie CBE DL (1949 - 2017)

It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Motability Governor Sir Bert Massie following his recent illness.

In the early 1970s, Sir Bert worked for the Liverpool Association for the Disabled. In 1978, he joined the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, where he became Director in 1990. He remained there until the end of 1999 when became Chairman of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC).


Sir Bert was a founding Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which superseded the DRC in 2007. He was appointed OBE in 1984, CBE in 2000 and knighted in 2007, and a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside in April 2014.

Lord Sterling, Chairman and Co-Founder of Motability said:

“Over the last 50 years, Sir Bert worked with a great number of disability organisations, tirelessly campaigning for the rights of disabled people, and many of us here had the pleasure of knowing him over these years.

Sir Bert became a Governor of Motability in 2002 and his incisive knowledge and wise counsel played a key part in our constant endeavours to improve the Motability Scheme.

Taking account of his own disability, his energies never ceased to amaze me.

He was a real ‘doer’ and always prepared to challenge and fight for what he believed in.”