Old name, new purpose: why we’ve gone back to RNID

Our Board of Trustees

Meet the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing RNID and directing how the charity is managed and run.


John Morgan

John joined the Board as Chairman of RNID in December 2016. 

He is currently Chief Executive of Morgan Sindall Group plc, having co-founded Morgan Lovell in 1977, which then reversed into William Sindall plc in 1994 to form Morgan Sindall Group plc.

John is a chartered surveyor with a BSc degree in Estate Management from Reading University and an MBA from the Open University. He has lived with hearing loss the majority of his adult life.


Claire Bailey

Claire Bailey joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 as a co-opted trustee to bring her financial expertise to the work of the Board. She is the Chief Transformation Officer for GKN Driveline, a global partner to the automotive industry, and she has a distinguished CV of financial leadership and transformation across a number of sectors.


Lindsay Foster

Lindsay is Executive Director of a leading national deaf charity, which is also the lead awarding body for British Sign Language. She is passionate about improving communication between deaf, deafblind and hearing people, and creating better communities in the process.

She says: “I want to make sure that deaf and deafblind people have the same opportunities as everyone else, and the same access to education, employment and services. I am confident I can use my skills and experience in this area of education, diversity and inclusion to progress the aims of RNID.”


Gideon Hoffman

Gideon is an advisor and investor in commercial media and technology ventures. Previously a founding partner in a media business, Gideon oversaw growth to international scale. He also spent a decade advising ministers on policy matters at HM Treasury.

Gideon has severe hearing loss and has worn hearing aids since childhood, as do his son and mother. He is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.


Tom McCarthy

Diagnosed deaf aged three and a hearing aid user aged four, Tom grew up with hearing loss. Fortunate to get the support needed to attend mainstream school, Tom was keen to make a difference on graduating from university. He joined NHS Scotland’s graduate management training programme and now is an Improvement Advisor with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Tom leads national improvement programmes for people with dementia. Previously an active Scottish Advisory Group member, Tom lives in Edinburgh. 

He says: “I will share my experiences and skills to ensure that all people with hearing loss are able to live their lives to the fullest. I look forward to fully playing my part and contributing to the work of the Board.”


Jacqueline Press

Jacqueline is profoundly deaf with two daughters, one of whom is hearing and the other profoundly deaf. After attending a hearing school as a child, Jacqueline became interested in the understanding of cultural and mainstream aspects of deafness to gain a greater insight into the lives of those impacted by deafness. This interest led Jacqueline to become a Family Services Manager at the Jewish Deaf Association supporting the elderly, deafened, hard of hearing, young adults and families. Jacqueline recently created a social network for young deaf people


Dr Brian Caul

“I developed close links with RNID in the 1980s when I was Director of Student Services in the University of Ulster, and co-founded the Joint Universities Deaf Education Centre (JUDE) with QUB. Later I served as Chair of the Northern Ireland Advisory Group of RNID. RNID published my research study of the school-leaving qualifications of young people with hearing loss in Northern Ireland, and my biography of Francis Maginn, the great pioneer for the rights of deaf people. I have also chaired the Boards of two third level Colleges. As a result, I have substantial experience and expertise in governance, strategic planning and the management and overview of large scale budgets.

Since November 2015, I have been the chair of CRAICNI, a training agency which runs courses on cultural awareness. All the trainers are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Because of our network of contacts, we are liaising with the team running the Hear to Inform and Connect project in Northern Ireland.

In recent years, I have given lectures to community groups and run an information desk at Causeway Hospital for RNID. Following the recent grant award, I am assisting with volunteer recruitment. I am married, a grandfather, 76 years old and have tinnitus in my right ear.”