Meet the team
Danielle has over 15 years’ experience at Director level in the Public Sector, including working across the MoJ and NHS and has over 7 years’ experience of working in the Third Sector.
Senior Management Team
Kim is a BSL tutor having joined the GDA team in January 2022. She teaches BSL at Level 1 and teaches extra-curriculum activities for other deaf people. She is Deaf and BSL user.
Patrick joined the GDA Board of Trustees in October 2017 and became Vice Chair in October 2019. 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.
Nicole joined the Board in October 2019. Nicole, from Active Impact, brings a wealth of relevant skills and experience including her participation in GDA's work for over 20 years as a sign language student, a volunteer youth leader, a general supporter and a member of the local signing community. Nicole was also employed as a Teacher of the Deaf for 10 years.
Sam joined us in September 2021 as our new Trustee. She has twin boys, one who is Deaf since birth with bilateral hearing loss, and is enthusiastic about supporting the Deaf Community. She is hearing.
Friends of GDA
Lucy joined the Board in 2017 and became Co-Chair in October 2019, and retired in February 2022. 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 is hearing.
Chris joined the Board from December 2014 to November 2020 and was Chair from October 2015 to October 2019. He is also Trustee for Age UK Gloucestershire and a member of the Advisory Board of Forest Green Rovers FC. 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.
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, and retired from the Board in October 2019. Graham is hearing.
Ben joined the GDA Board in October 2019. Ben, a lawyer, has personal experience of being profoundly deaf in addition to his business and legal background. He stood down from the Board on 2nd February 2022.
Peter became a Trustee of GDA in November 2015 and became Co-Chair in October 2019, and retired in February 2022. He has previous experience of working with the D/deaf community in South Wales. Peter is hearing.
Richard joined the Board of Trustees in January 2013 and retired in 2019. He brought with him a wealth of experience both in business and working on other boards in the charity and public sector. Richard is hearing.
Matthew joined the Board of Trustees in May 2018 and left in December 2022. He is a qualified accountant and has over 20 years experience working in the financial services industry. Matthew is hearing.