Staff

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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.

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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.

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Reg Cobb

Reg joined GDA in 2012 and is our Project Development Manager. Reg is Deaf from birth and a BSL user.

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Gemma Sills

Gemma has been with GDA since 2012 and is responsible for all GDA’s events, communications and fundraising. Gemma is hearing.

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Sam Quinson

Sam joined GDA in 2012 is the Equipment Services Manager. Sam leads our Equipment Services, ensuring people across Gloucestershire have equipment to enable them to feel safe at home. Sam is hearing.

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James Banks

James has been with GDA since 2013 as GDA’s in-house qualified BSL interpreter and film-maker. James is hearing.

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Sue Sewell

Sue started with GDA in 2015 and is GDA’s Receptionist and Admin Assistant, providing support to the Equipment Services team. Sue is hearing.

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Sarah Cook

Sarah joined GDA in 2018 and is Bookings Coordinator. Sarah is hearing.

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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.

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Alison Wherry-Alimo

Alison joined GDA in 2019 as GDA’s Project Officer, Children & Families. Alison is Deaf and a BSL user.

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Kate Ather

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

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Kim Aiken

Kim started with the charity in 2019 as GDA's Bookkeeper. Kim is hearing.

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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

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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Chris Gardner

Chris joined the Board in December 2014 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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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. Jonathan is hearing.

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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.