Craig Crowley honoured as a Fellow of RSA


The Chief Executive of Action Deafness, Craig Crowley MBE, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).


The RSA is an enlightenment organisation which is committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. The Fellowship is a global network of 28,000 people from more than 80 countries working together for the benefit of their communities and who support the RSA’s mission to enrich society through ideas and action.


Fellows have access to the brightest new ideas, innovative projects, a diverse network of like-minded people and a platform for social change.



Based in London and founded in 1754, the RSA was granted a Royal Charter in 1847 and the right to use the term Royal in its name by King Edward VII in 1908.



The RSA supports Fellows in developing networks and initiatives and through the RSA Catalyst programme it provides money and expertise to Fellow-led ideas that aim to have a positive social impact.



It is through his work as Chief Executive at Action Deafness as well as UK Council on Deafness (Chair) and UK Deaf Sport (Honorary President), that Craig maximises the social impact and highlights the challenges of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people through innovative services such as British Sign Language & video interpreting, care & support services and Deaf sport international/deaflympic programmes.


Roland Hilton, Vice-Chair of Action Deafness commented: “At Action Deafness, and at previous organisations, Craig has built a commendable record of consistently delivering commitment, endeavour and value in his work to improve the lives of all people who are Deaf or have a hearing loss.


Additionally though, Craig has always explored innovative, creative and different ways of achieving results and with these aspects of his natural approach, I am sure that he will become a very worthy and active member of all the RSA is trying to achieve.”


Jim Edwards, former Chair of UK Council on Deafness now special adviser said: “It is a delight to hear that Craig has been appointed a Fellow of the RSA. He has for years been recognised for his contribution within the field and now in addition to his MBE Craig has added another distinctive title, from a prestigious institution, demonstrating again his valued impact across our society.”


Piers Martin, Executive Chair of UK Deaf Sport commented: “UK Deaf Sport offers many congratulations to Craig on his fellowship of the RSA. What this honour highlights is Craig’s dedication and graft in working within and for the deaf community. We are grateful for the years of service that Craig has given to deaf sport specifically and are pleased that he has been recognised in this way.”


Craig Crowley said: “Being elected a Fellow of the RSA is without doubt a huge honour for both myself and Action Deafness. It is humbling indeed to join a highly respected society whose past and present members include Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, Stephen Hawking and Dame Judy Dench to name but a few. The RSA is committed to finding innovative and practical solutions to today’s social challenges, an ethos I share wholeheartedly. Furthermore, my election to the RSA falls in line with the goals of Action Deafness and subsequently my dual roles in UK Council on Deafness and UK Deaf Sport in making a real impact on the Common Purpose; sector game-changes and business solutions services that will benefit the majority of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.”


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