Meet GDA's Trustees
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.
 
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. 
   
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.
 
Patrick Bryan - Trustee / Director
 
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.
 
Lucy Lea - Trustee / Director

Lucy re-joins the Board after a short spell abroad. 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 worked in the NHS in Gloucestershire for 8 years. During this time, she was responsible for helping NHS colleagues understand and accommodate the needs of our diverse communities, including d/Deaf communities. Lucy is hearing.
 
Martin Mackriell - Trustee / Director 
 
Martin re-joined the GDA board in January 2018, having previously sat on the Board between 2006 and 2008. Martin works as a painter and decorator with a Gloucestershire based company. Martin is profoundly deaf and a British Sign Language (BSL) user.