Meet thePatrons

Sophie Stone
Sophie Stone

Patron

Patron since 2020

A native of East London, Sophie is a well-known English stage and television Deaf actress. She was the first Deaf student to win a place at the prestigious drama school RADA.

Rinkoo Barpaga
Rinkoo Barpaga

Patron

Patron since 2020

Born to Punjabi parents and raised in Birmingham, Rinkoo is a well-known stand-up Deaf comedian and multidisciplinary artist.

Markku Jokinen
Markku Jokinen

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Patron since 2020

Markku is an accomplished International Deaf Leader who previously served as the President of the World Federation of the Deaf. Markku is now the CEO of the Finnish Deaf Association and the President of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD).

Josette Simon
Josette Simon OBE

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Patron since 2015

Josette is a Leicester-born, acclaimed Shakespearian and television/film actress. She has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre.

Leon Lloyd
Leon Lloyd

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Patron since 2017

Coventry-born Leon was an accomplished English rugby union footballer, playing for Leicester Tigers, Gloucester and England before retiring. Leon is the CEO of “Switch the Play”, a social enterprise company established to support transition for retired athletes.

Andrew Bridgen
Andrew Bridgen MP

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Patron since 2011

Staffordshire-born Andrew is a Conservative Party politician and has been the Member of Parliament for the constituency of North West Leicestershire since 2010.