A message from the Chair of Trustees, Royal Association for Deaf people: Toby Burton

Dr Jan Sheldon, the Chief Executive of The Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) will be leaving the organisation at end of November.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my grateful thanks to Jan for her commitment, energy and drive in developing the services at RAD over the last six years. She has worked tirelessly to support the organisation. During her tenure, RAD celebrated an important milestone: its 175th anniversary which included a gala awards dinner and a service of thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

The Board is taking immediate steps to recruit her replacement.

RAD was founded in 1841 to “tackle the lack of employment for Deaf men”. This serves to be an important reminder that the challenges Deaf people faced in the 1800s still remain. The Board and I look forward to support the organisation as it continues to serve the Deaf community in the next decades.

Toby Burton
Chair of Board of Trustees