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 CEO

Danielle Neale

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Danielle has worked in the Third Sector for over 7 years, supporting charities and social enterprises on a wide range of projects and national initiatives, including mentoring CEO's to develop business and financial viability.  Danielle has also served as a Trustee for a charity and a Non-Executive for a Social Enterprise.  This is supported with over 15 years' experience at Director level within the Public Sector, working across the MoJ and the NHS, including a Non-Executive Director position held within the NHS.  

Senior Management Team

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Mary Hailes

Mary joined the charity in 2007 and is now GDA’s Office Manager as well as over-seeing BSL interpreter and Community Centre bookings. Mary is hearing and a CODA. She is doing her BSL Level 3 course.

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James Banks

James has been with GDA since 2014 and is a qualified BSL interpreter. He is our Communications & Media Manager. James is hearing.

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Gilson Sly

Gilson joined GDA in 2021 and is now our Support Services Manager. He ensures that all our services are well supported. He is Deaf and a BSL user.

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Sally Gillespie

Sally joined the charity in June 2023 and is the proud mother of a deaf child. Sally is our Fundraising Manager. Sally is hearing and is currently learning on GDA's BSL Beginner's course.

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Ivanna Novikova

Ivanna started with the charity in 2023 as GDA's Finance Manager. Ivanna leads on all financial matters for the charity, including monthly financial management information, the production of the charity’s statutory Final Accounts and financial forecasting, payroll, cashflow and financial policies and processes.

Managers

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Jemima Buoy

Jemima joined the GDA staff in July 2020. She is the Training Manager and runs BSL College and providing Understanding Deafness courses. She is Deaf and a BSL user.

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Martha Avery

Martha is Deputy Support Services Manager. She joined GDA in 2019 as an Equipment Technician. Martha has quickly learned Levels 1,2 & 3 BSL and is now on a Level 6 BSL course. Martha is hearing

Staff

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Shannon Mackriell

Shannon joined GDA in January 2024 and is our Children, Young People and Families Officer.  Shannon is currently learning Level 3 BSL. Shannon is hearing

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Emily Kirby

Emily is our new Bookings Co-ordinator Assistant. She joined the GDA team in August 2022. She is on our BSL Level 2 course. She is hearing.

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Caroline Trickey

Carolyn joined GDA in June 2024 as our Finance Officer. Carolyn is hearing. 

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Sarah Cook

Sarah joined GDA in 2018 and is our Bookings Coordinator. Sarah is hearing.

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Kim Mackriell

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.

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Kate Ather

Kate is our Wellbeing Officer.  Kate started with GDA in 2019 as GDA’s Employment Project Officer and is now a key member of our Wellbeing team

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Kat Taylor

Kat joined GDA in April 2022 as our Finance Assistant. She is Hard of Hearing (HOH) and is learning BSL Level 2. Kat also works one day a week for the Wellbeing Team.

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Jessica Shepherd

Jessica is our Equipment Technician and runs our hearing aid clinics. She joined GDA in July 2022. Jessica is deaf and BSL user.

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Louise Barks

Louise joined GDA in March 2024 as a Bookings Coordinator. team. Louise has a mild hearing loss and is learning BSL 'Begin' Level at GDA. 

Trustees

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Richard Kean

Richard joined the Board of Trustees in April 2024.  Having volunteered at the charity's Digital Drop In project, he realised he could make a difference to the deaf community.  Richard runs a design and advertising agency and believes his expert knowledge in brand communication, will help the charity grow.

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Sam Stocken

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.

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Louise Taylor

Louise joined the Board in April 2024, after having volunteered for the GDA Digital Drop In project. Louise runs her own business and, previous to this, worked within the legal industry for over 20 years. 

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William Stavert

William is profoundly Deaf and has experience of working in the Deaf Education sector for 21 years. Previously, he was the chairperson of Deaf Direct for 11 years and is now a Trustee for Action Deafness. William joined GDA as a Board Trustee in 2023. William is continuing to work as a Freelance BSL Teacher and tutors deaf children and parents who have a deaf child. He is based in Malvern, Worcestershire.

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Abbie Warren

With a diverse background, Abbie initially trained in Law at University, then transitioned to the private sector before retraining as a Youth Worker at a local charity.  Currently, Abbie serves as the CEO of Sunflower Suicide Support, a charity she founded in 2018

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Vicky Sheen

Vicky joined GDA as Trustee Treasurer in December 2022 after previously working with GDA on  a professional basis.  Vicky was keen to continue her relationship with GDA after seeing what great work they do for the hard of hearing and deaf community of Gloucestershire and the wider area.  Vicky has worked in finance all of her career – very nearly 40 years.

Friends of GDA

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Lucy Lea

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.

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Chris Gardner

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.

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Graham Howell

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.

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Ben Willis

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.

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Peter Maynard

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.

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Richard Busby

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.

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Matthew Pearse

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.

Living confidently with 
deafness and hearing loss

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