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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Emma Jenkins

Emma has worked at GDA since 2009 and leads our Equipment Services, ensuring people across Gloucestershire have equipment to enable them to feel safe at home.

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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 as Equipment Services Technician. Sam is responsible for running all hearing aid clinics across the county. 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.

Trustees

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Chris Gardner

Chris joined the Board in December 2014 and was elected Chair in October 2015. 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 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. Jonathan is hearing.

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Peter Maynard

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

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Lucy Lea

Lucy joined the Board in 2017. 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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Patrick Bryan

Patrick joined the GDA Board of Trustees in October 2017. 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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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. Graham 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.