Helen OxladeBusiness Development Managerhelen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen has 3 years’ experience as deafPLUS’ Southern Country Manager, where she raised money for various projects to benefit the residents of Hampshire. Helen has a wealth of experience in community and youth work and is qualified from the Institute of Leadership & Management. She will be expanding the reach of deafPLUS as their Business Development Manager.
Mohammed Ashrafi Operations Manager Mohammed.Ashrafi@deafplus.org
Mohammed's role involves working to ensure deafPLUS meet and maintain high quality standards across all their national services. Prior to deafPLUS, Mohammed studied Law at university and worked across a number of charities such as Age UK and Toynbee Hall. His experience has helped him to contribute new and innovative ideas to best meet the needs of service users at DeafPLUS
Kavita brings 25 years of experience and expertise in Social Work with Deaf people & Sensory Disability. Her trustee role and responsibility in deafPLUS is Fundraising, Health & Well-being and Contract Management. Kavita continued her studies to Diploma level with British Wheel of Yoga and is a trained Hatha Yoga Teacher. She now specialises in providing accessible Yoga to the deaf community (www.deafyogaworks.com).
Alan Murray MBEHon Treasurer
Alan has strong governance and financial experience gained over 40 years on charity boards (including Chair of deafPLUS), with current membership in the fields of Deaf and disability rights, education and policing. A very committed member of the Deaf and disabled community – born profoundly Deaf and a culturally Deaf BSL user – Alan is an advocate for improving access and a firm believer in the social model of disability and cultural model of Deafness. Alan combines his skills in languages, communication and translation with his lifelong passion for arts, in his roles as BSL Tour Guide for prominent London art galleries and museums and as a BSL Teacher, Assessor and Verifier.
Sandra Norburn Chair
Sandra became deaf 20 years ago. After taking early retirement from a career in Local Government, Sandra wanted to give back and help support deaf people. Sandra comes with a wealth of experience of being a Senior Manager, and it is these skills that make her an ideal Chair - a role that involves management and oversight across an entire organisation.
Sandra is passionate about breaking down the barriers that many deaf people face in accessing employment, navigating the benefits system, accessing housing, higher education, social services and all the vital ingredients of life including social activities such as theatre and cinema, sports and other leisure activities. The work DeafPLUS does in communities plays a vital role and Sandra is proud to play her part in deafPLUS.
Tom Lichy Vice Chair
Angela Walker Trustee
Sheila Gibson Vice Chair
Sheila started her working life as a teacher in Inner London. For the last 30 years of her working life, Sheila has been in the personnel and people development fields, spending time with Sainsbury’s and Courtauld’s. Her most recent employment has been with an Investors in People assessment centre where she has been involved with quality assurance, organisation and people development.
She had a hearing loss since her teenage years, and with the aid of two operations (40 years apart!) now has a moderate hearing loss in each ear.
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