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Meet theBoard

Jackie Driver OBE

Trustee & Chair

Board member since 2023
Chair Since 2023

Jackie is Deaf and is the Associate Director leading the Equality and Inclusion agenda for NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board (ICB). Jackie previously led SignHealth (Deaf Health Charity) as their Chair for 6 years. She has an extensive background in combating discrimination and has been involved with various disability rights organisations.

Alison Lewis
Alison Lewis

Trustee & Joint Vice Chair

Board member since 2015
Joint Vice Chair since 2021

Alison is profoundly Deaf and has significant experience in the areas of deafness, disability, discrimination & equality. She was also the first ‘Deaf’ person to qualify as an Audiologist in the NHS in England & Wales.

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Lucy Warnes


Board member since 2018

Lucy has a strong background in fundraising and marketing management. Having worked for a range of voluntary organisations, including Sense, she is now the Director of Communications and Fundraising at SignHealth.

Penelope Lenon
Penelope Lenon


Board member since October 2019
Former Board Member at Oxford Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre 2014-18 and at Deaf Direct 2018-19

Penelope was asked to join the board of the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre because of her financial background: she had spent most of her career working at the Bank of England.

William Stavert
William Stavert


Board Member since 2019
Deaf Direct Trustee for 20 years 1999-2019

William was previously a Trustee of Deaf Direct, serving as the Chair for eleven years. He continues to work as a Freelance BSL Tutor and is based in Malvern, Worcestershire.

Ross Grant


Board Member since 2020
Former Trustee of donaldson's Trust and Deaf Connections (Scotland)
Previously a Trustee of The Donaldson’s Trust and Deaf Connections (Scotland). He has had a varied career working for a range of voluntary organisations in a leadership capacity and now finds himself working for Royal Mail in Pontefract, Yorkshire.
Alison France


Board Member since 2023
Also the Founder Trustee/Secretary of DEAFvibe based in Staffordshire.

Alison is profoundly Deaf. She is the Sensory Team Leader for the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Alison founded DEAFvibe (Staffordshire) and has been a Trustee for 13 years. She is an experienced leader in health & social care for Deafness, Sight Impairment & Deafblindness.

Alan Wright


Board Member since 2023
Former Treasurer of Farnborough Deaf Centre

Alan is Deaf and a BSL signer. He works for a B2B company as a Corporate Chartered Architectural Technologist. He is a Former Treasurer of Farnborough Deaf Centre.

Clare Mitchell


Board Member since 2024
Former Trustee of SignHealth

Clare is deaf and qualified as a Chartered Management accountant with experience in the commercial field.  She currently works for a large housing association, focusing on the development of housing; she developed a strong social ethos and advocates for the deaf community to have ease of access to a range of services without any obstacles.  Recently, she has six years of experience as a Trustee for SignHealth.

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