Meet the Staff

Meet the team at GDA
Bridging the communication gap for Deaf and hard of hearing people

Sharon Bryant - Chief Executive Officer 


Sharon joined as GDA's Chief Executive Officer in November 2018. Sharon comes to GDA with a wealth of experience having trained as a BSL interpreter, and worked at both Action on Hearing Loss and SENSE.  

Mary Hailes - Office Manager

Mary has worked for GDA since 2007. As a hearing child born to two profoundly deaf parents, she brings a particular insight and knowledge to the team which can be invaluable. Alongside her role as Officer Administrator, Mary also handles all matters relating to Community Centre bookings and BSL Interpreter bookings.


Emma Jenkins - Equipment Services Manager


Emma joined GDA in 2009 to help meet the growing demand for our hard of hearing services. She has particular responsibility for installing listening aid equipment to help deaf and hard of hearing people keep safe at home. We often joke in the office that 'Everyone needs an Emma', because of her great fix-it skills.


Sam Quinson - Equipment Services Technician


Sam joined GDA in January 2012. She is the charity's main liaison with Gloucestershire's hard of hearing clubs and runs hearing aid clinics and a quarterly Hard of Hearing Services Users Forum. She also offers advice on listening aid equipment from the office every Monday and Wednesday.


Gemma Sills - Communications & Community Events Officer 


Gemma joined GDA in October 2012. Her role is to raise the charity's profile through local and social media avenues, develop a programme of fundraising events and to build relations with local businesses. Gemma currently works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Reg Cobb - Project Development Manager


Reg joined GDA in September 2012 as our Project Developer and Deaf Awareness Trainer. He is Deaf from birth and highly respected as a champion for disabled people's rights, though guaranteed to do that with infinite charm and humour. Reg currently works Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Gilson Sly - Project Development Officer


Gilson joined GDA in July 2017 as Youth Participation Leader. His role also sees him work alongside Reg in supporting GDA's expansion in to the South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire areas. Gilson is Deaf.

James Banks - BSL Interpreter (qualified) and Film Maker


James joined the GDA team in 2013 as GDA's in-house BSL Interpreter. Since then he has worked alongside Jenny to produce a number of Deaf Awareness training videos for local organisations.

David Holcombe - Site & Facilities Manager


David has been working as GDA's caretaker since November 2011, and added to his role as Community Centre cleaner from November 2013. He takes care of the Colin Road site, including repair and maintenance of the building. David is Deaf.

Sue Sewell - Receptionist & Admin Assistant

Sue joined the GDA team in October 2015. Sue's main role is to support Sam, Emma and Mary with their administrative tasks as well as supporting the office as a whole. Sue is hearing.

Sarah Cook - Bookings Co-ordinator

Sarah is our Bookings Co-ordinator, supporting Mary with managing BSL interpreter bookings. Sarah came on to the team in April 2018. Sarah is hearing.

Stephenie Blackburn - Equipment Services Assistant 

Steph joined the team in April 2018, as Equipment Services Assistant, providing support to Emma and Sam. Steph is hearing.