Meet the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing RNID and directing how the charity is managed and run.
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 joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 as a co-opted trustee to bring her financial expertise to the work of the Board. Claire is a Chartered Accountant and is currently the CFO for a global businesses in the Aerospace sector. She has a distinguished CV of financial leadership and transformation across a number of sectors.
Claire has family members with severe hearing loss and lives with tinnitus.
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 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.
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 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.”
For the past two years Ita has been CEO of SYZYGY UK; a data and digital strategic agency. Prior to this, she was MD at WPP, the world’s largest communications group. Her background is in communications and marketing, where she has worked with some of the largest FTSE 100 companies during the course of her 30+ year career. Ita is an advisory member of The Girls’ Network Group, an organisation which helps disadvantaged teenage girls.
Ita is passionate about helping brands create transformational change at pace; with a family history of severe hearing loss , she is delighted to have the opportunity to do this at RNID.
Sally developed severe hearing loss during her twenties following an infection. Having experienced first hand challenges hearing loss brings within the workplace and socially, Sally is passionate about removing the stigma and raising awareness of deafness, particularly in the workplace. Sally has spent 20 years in fashion retail as a Finance Director, latterly at Marks and Spencer. She is also a trustee for two other charities.
Nick is a Chartered Accountant with broad experience in strategic and operational finance in non-profit organisations, both in the UK and Africa. He is currently Director of Finance and Resources at the Disasters Emergency Committee, and has previously held roles at Christian Aid, the Refugee Council and the RAF Benevolent Fund. Nick is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and holds a masters degree in Charity Management from City University, London.
Nick holds an active interest in the work of RNID as he suffers from partial hearing loss as a result of ear surgery earlier in his life. He wears hearing aids and lives with tinnitus.