Welcome to WAVCA

WAVCA is the trade association for manufacturers of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs).
The UK market for WAVs is possibly the most advanced and vibrant market of its kind in Europe.

Conversion manufacturing companies have been actively promoting improved mobility for wheelchair users for over 40 years. They have invested heavily in design,
development and testing to ensure functionality, usability and safety standards are of the highest levels.

WAVCA is the representative body striving to help convertors push standards forward and deliver uniform standards in the interest of wheelchair passengers and drivers.

Our Aims

WAVCA aims to encourage and promote the interests of the WAV industry in the UK and abroad and continue to improve the technical standards in our industry.

We achieve this by working closely with our customers, colleagues in the automotive industry, the Department for Transport and other government agencies.
These include major influencers like DfT, VCA, DVSA, SMMT, BHTA, the main motor manufacturers, wheelchair manufacturers, key user groups and Motability.

Customer care and the quality & safety of wheelchair passenger carrying vehicles are of prime importance to us and we aim to promote best practice and
customer service standards in the marketplace.


WAVCA is a Company Limited by Guarantee and is run by a Board of Directors voted for annually by the membership at the Annual General Meeting.

Board of Directors

Chair – Conor McElmeel
Vice-Chair​ – Peter Facenna

Board Members
Nigel Brice
Ian Newton
​Phil Hind
Brian McLaughlin 
Simon Pearson
David Vooght

Treasurer – Joanne Ellison
Secretary General – Linda Ling MBE
First Engineer – Ian Hopley
Technical Administrator – Rob Hookway

Working Groups

WAVCA has an active Technical Working Group made up of volunteer engineers from Members Companies and Trade Partner Members.
Other Working Groups are created for various projects as required. Non-Members may be co-opted to assist in these projects.