Meet the Staff

Meet the team at Gloucestershire Deaf Association
Bridging the communication gap for D/deaf and hard of hearing people

Jenny Hopkins - Chief Executive


Jenny joined GDA in 2008. She runs the office and oversees all departments, and at the same time works closely with the Board on strategic development in line with the charity's vision. She is also responsible for the preparation of grant applications and bids for service contracts. Jenny is a strong believe in the benefits of working closely with other agencies, and as such devotes time to developing good relations with other charities. She has moderate-severe hearing loss.


Mary Hailes - Office Administrator, Community Centre Co-ordinator and BSL Interpreter Booking Co-Ordinator


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 - Hard of Hearing Outreach Worker


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. Emma has moderate hearing loss.


Sam Quinson - Hearing Services Co-ordinator


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. Sam is hearing.


Gemma Sills - Events and Communication Co-ordinator


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 is hearing. Gemma currently works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Reg Cobb - Project Developer and Deaf Awareness Trainer


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.

Hannah Ede - BSL/English Interpreter (Trainee)


Hannah joined GDA on a part-time basis in autumn 2013. She is either working outreach on communication support appointments, or assisting Reg mainly in-house. She is also available to help Deaf sign language users with form filling, letter writing and making telephone calls through our weekly 'Support Sessions'. Hannah is hearing.

James Banks - BSL Interpreter (qualified) and Media Producer


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 - Facilitations 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 - Assistant Administrator and Booking Co-ordinator

Sue is our latest recruit having 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.