Action Deafness has appointed two new trustee directors, joining the Board of Trustee Directors led by joint chairs, Karen Read and Andy Palmer.


Their combined expertise includes communications, marketing, health & social care, mental health, deaf culture and education. Their experience covers both the voluntary and private sectors.


Emma AllenCommercial Marketing Director, Onstrategy Consulting Limited

Parent of two Deaf children, Emma is a seasoned professional with more than 10 years’ of senior management experience at international level in B2B and B2C technology sectors.


Emma is an accomplished Commercial Marketing Director credited with increasing revenue and driving profit growth year on year. She has experience of collaborating with all members of her organisation to achieve business and financial objectives.


Helen FoulkesFreelance Consultant

Helen is a qualified teacher and NRCPD-registered Sign Language Translator. She recently left the National Deaf Children’s Society where she worked for over 10 years, her final role was Programme Manager in Family Sign Language.


Helen is a passionate advocate of all Deaf people including children, young people, adults, families with Deaf/Disabled members, people with mental health needs and deaf people with learning disabilities.


Karen Read – Joint Chair of the Board commented: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the new trustee directors to Action Deafness. This is an opportune time for them to join as the charitable company is embarking on an ambitious five year strategy to meet the growing demand for our services across the UK.”


Andy Palmer – Joint Chair also commented: “The new trustee directors will strengthen the board which is committed to improving the strategic delivery of our flagship services – Communication (Interpreting) and Community (Personal Assistant/Personal Care Support).”


Craig Crowley – CEO/company secretary agrees: “We look forward to drawing on the expertise of our new trustee directors and existing board members to help Action Deafness meet the challenges, and grasp the new opportunities, ahead.”