GDA's Trustees play an instrumental role in the vision and strategic planning of the charity. A majority of our Trustees are deaf or hard of hearing themselves, or have a close connection with a deaf person.
Chris Gardner - Chair of Trustees
A retired Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Chris joined the Board in December 2014 and was elected Chair in October 2015. Chris has more than 20 years experience in the Seniors Care Sector including property and business aspects. He is also Trustee for Age UK Gloucestershire and a member of the Advisory Board of Forest Green Rovers FC which spearheads its involvement with the community. 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. Worsening deafness forced his early retirement in 2010.
Richard Busby - Trustee / Director
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.
Richard Fletcher - Trustee / Director
Richard joined the GDA Board in January 2013. He is also Treasurer of Gloucester Deaf Club (GDC) and as such contributes the views of a key stakeholder group of the charity. Richard is profoundly deaf and a BSL user.
Graham Howell - Trustee / Director
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.
Jackie Gloyn - Trustee / Director
Jackie is a second-time around GDA trustee/director, having re-joined the Board in October 2016. She has been an active fundraiser for GDA for nine years, and she started and now helps to run our Cirencester Deaf Children's Club (CDCC) and the Cirencester Hard of Hearing Club. She is on the committee of the Gloucestershire Deafened and Cochlear Implant Support Group (GDCISG), as well as being a member of the Gloucester Hard of Hearing Club.
Peter Maynard - Trustee / Director
Peter became a Trustee of GDA in November 2015, having recently moved to work in Cheltenham. Peter is a solicitor who specialises in dispute resolution and also a trained mediator. He has previous experience of working with the D/deaf community in South Wales. Peter is hearing.
Jonathan Moffitt - Trustee / Director
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.
Michael Sadler - Trustee / Director
Michael is profoundly deaf and a BSL user. He is a prominent figure within the local Deaf community and as well as having strong involvement with Gloucester Deaf Club (GDC), Michael was previously been on the GDA board many years ago and been a member of staff at the charity. Michael re-joined the Board in November 2015.
Christina Snell - Trustee / Director
Christina joined the GDA Board in 2015. She runs her own business as a Community Celebrant. Previously she was CEO of Age UK Gloucestershire for over nine years, and prior to that worked for the Probation Service in the county and beyond. Her particular skills include strategic development, knowledge of the local funding and commissioning landscape and an understanding of the challenges of running a small to medium sizes organisation. Christina has acquired hearing loss and is a bilateral hearing aid wearer.