CEO and Senior Operations Manager

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Sharon Bryant

Sharon joined GDA in 2018 as CEO, having previously worked at Action on Hearing Loss and SENSE. Sharon is hearing and has previously worked as a BSL interpreter. Email her

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Reg Cobb

Reg joined GDA in 2012 and is our Senior Operations Manager. He oversees all operations at GDA and business development. Reg is Deaf and a BSL user. Email him

Managers

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Mary Hailes

Mary joined the charity in 2007 and is now GDA’s Office Manager as well as over-seeing BSL interpreter and Community Centre bookings. Mary is hearing and a CODA. Email her

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Sam Quinson

Sam joined GDA in 2012 is the Hard of Hearing Services Manager. Sam leads our Equipment Services, ensuring people across Gloucestershire have equipment to enable them to feel safe at home. Sam is hearing. Currently on leave until September 2021.

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James Banks

James has been with GDA since 2014. He is our Senior Interpreter/Media & Communications Lead. James is hearing. Email him

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Kim Aiken

Kim started with the charity in 2019 as GDA's Finance Manager. She oversees all financial transactions. Kim is hearing. Email her

Staff

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Jemima Buoy

Jemima joined the GDA staff in July 2020. She is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Team GDA. She is Deaf and a BSL user. Email her

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David Holcombe

David joined GDA in 2011 as GDA’s Site & Facilities Manager. David manages the Community Centre, ensuring it’s in prime condition for hirers. David is Deaf. Email him

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Sarah Cook

Sarah joined GDA in 2018 and is our Bookings Coordinator. Sarah is hearing. Email her

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Kate Ather

Kate started with GDA in 2019 as GDA’s Employment Project Officer, offering one-to-one support for people seeking employment. Kate is Deaf and a BSL user. Email her

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Martha Avery

Martha joined GDA in October 2019 as Equipment Services Technician, helping to run the hearing-aid clinics across the county. Martha is hearing. Email her

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Gilson Sly

Gilson returned to the GDA team in January 2021 as our Equipment Services Assistant, supporting the Hard of Hearing Services team. He is Deaf and a BSL user. Email him

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Jennie Evans

Jennie is our Wellbeing Officer. She joined the GDA team in January 2021. Jennie provides wellbeing support and wellbeing activities. She is Deaf and a BSL user. Email her

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Victoria Ilina

Vika is our Finance Assistant. She supports the Finance Manager, Kim Aiken. She is Deaf and BSL user. Email her

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Joël Burgess

Joël is our Wellbeing Assistant. She supports the Wellbeing Officer. She is Deaf and BSL user. Email her

Trustees

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Lucy Lea

Lucy joined the Board in 2017 and became Co-Chair in October 2019. Lucy is an independent consultant on research, engagement and inclusion. She has a particular interest in helping decision-makers hear the voice of people and communities whose needs are frequently misunderstood and overlooked. Lucy is hearing.

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Peter Maynard

Peter became a Trustee of GDA in November 2015 and became Co-Chair in October 2019. He has previous experience of working with the D/deaf community in South Wales. Peter is hearing.

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Patrick Bryan

Patrick joined the GDA Board of Trustees in October 2017 and became Vice Chair in October 2019. Patrick works as a Support Worker at Q Care Ltd in Gloucestershire, supporting the local deaf community. Patrick is profoundly deaf and a British Sign Language (BSL) user.

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Matthew Pearse

Matthew joined the Board of Trustees in May 2018. He is a qualified accountant and has over 20 years experience working in the financial services industry. Matthew is hearing.

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Nicole Hastie

Nicole joined the Board in October 2019. Nicole, from Active Impact, brings a wealth of relevant skills and experience including her participation in GDA's work for over 20 years as a sign language student, a volunteer youth leader, a general supporter and a member of the local signing community. Nicole was also employed as a Teacher of the Deaf for 10 years.

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Ben Willis

Ben joined the GDA Board in October 2019. Ben, a lawyer, has personal experience of being profoundly deaf in addition to his business and legal background; Ben is looking forward to giving back to the deaf community.

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Adrian Bailey

Adrian joined the Board in October 2019. He brings a wide range of skills and experience including being a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), working as a BSL interpreter, previously working as a Drama teacher, being a former committee member of the National Association for the Teaching of Drama; CODA UK and Ireland, and also having a current role as a committee member for CODA International.

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Deborah Greig

Deborah joined the Board in October 2019. Deborah has personal experience of hearing loss and therefore a personal interest in the work of GDA. She brings 35 years' experience of working in the health and social care sector.

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Liz Moon

Liz joined the Board in September 2020. Previously worked with Deaf Children and Adults with wide range of disabilities within different organisations more than 20 years. Also previous worked as Youth Worker and BSL Tutor at GDA and had been work overseas missions among with Deaf children. Liz is profoundly deaf and BSL user.

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George Mann

George joined GDA as a Trustee in February 2020. He brings 15 years of experience working in the arts: as Co-Artistic Director of Ad Infinitum, a theatre company CIO based in Bristol and working internationally; and as a freelance theatre director. He is passionate about sign language, Deaf culture and history, and regularly collaborates with people involved in Deaf theatre. George is hearing.

Friends of GDA

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Chris Gardner

Chris joined the Board from December 2014 to November 2020 and was Chair from October 2015 to October 2019. He is also Trustee for Age UK Gloucestershire and a member of the Advisory Board of Forest Green Rovers FC. Following a sporting accident in 1989, Chris lost all hearing in his right ear and is now severely deaf in his left, for which he uses a hearing aid.

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Richard Busby

Richard joined the Board of Trustees in January 2013 and retired in 2019. He brought with him a wealth of experience both in business and working on other boards in the charity and public sector. Richard is hearing.

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Jonathan Moffitt

Jonathan came onto the GDA Board in late 2013 after he hired a deaf employee for his business. He has since employed another deaf person on a part-time basis during 2015. Jonathan manages a business which coordinates utilities and communications for larger clients. He has now stepped down from the Board in November 2020. Jonathan is hearing.

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Graham Howell

Graham is a local man with many years of experience in business and particular expertise in site/building redevelopment projects. Graham joined the Board in January 2013, and retired from the Board in October 2019. Graham is hearing.