Find out who is on our Board of Trustees and learn about their backgrounds.
You can also read our Articles of Association, which outlines the purpose of the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) and the duties of the Trustees and staff.
The Board of Trustees is the most senior governance group at RAD. They have overall accountability for RAD’s strategic direction, our resources and the activities we undertake in the pursuit of RAD’s charitable objectives.
The trustees are all volunteers, who contribute a huge amount of time and a range of expertise to RAD.
Tom (Deaf) trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Audit Commission. He has more than ten years of public sector accounting experience. He currently works as Chief Accountant at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.
Outside work, Tom enjoys competing in sports and instructs Scuba Diving in his spare time. As a third generation Deaf member in his family, he is a keen member of the wider Deaf Community and looks forward to taking RAD onto the next stage.
Brian recently retired as Executive Director of People at Coventry City Council having spent 33 years in local government, higher education and the third sector. Brian’s role as director of adult services at Scope together with his current role as chair of Camphill Village Trust, previously chair of Keyring and 2 further current board appointments has given him an insight into the critical role charities play in providing choice and control for all people who may access their services.
Brian started his social work career as a social worker for Deaf people and in that role undertook his interpreter proficiency exams. Brian looks forward to sharing his personal and professional experience in his role as Vice Chair at RAD.
Honorary Treasurer (hearing) – David Cattermole FCMA CGMA
David, a retired qualified Management Accountant, who during his career worked in various fields in industry, commerce and the public and charitable sector.
His last position was with The Methodist Ministers Housing Society where he was the Finance Director and also the acting and interim Chief Executive for the year before he retired.
David is currently learning BSL and is enjoying spending time within the Deaf community, learning more about the needs and aspirations of Deaf people.
Lyndon hails from Melbourne, Australia and works as Social Media Manager for a global health and wellness company – Young Living Essential Oils. He is responsible for the European, Middle East and African markets.
Lyndon has spent over two decades in the digital field covering social media, website project management, video and media creations and website accessibility.
As an active member of the Deaf community, he campaigns and lobbies for equality for Deaf people, sign language rights and Deaf sports both locally and globally. He is relishing the opportunity to use his advisory and consulting skills to support RAD.
He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
Sam is Deaf and an active member of the Deaf community.
He joined RAD in 2018 as a Trustee. He started his career in media as a Researcher at a TV production company. He then worked at the BBC and Channel 4 before moving to British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT) as Programme Manager. At BSLBT, he provides production management support across the commissioning, production and delivery of both television and online content.
In his role at RAD, Sam aims to bring a fresh perspective and utilise his problem-solving and organisational skills to be part of the exciting future that is to be had at RAD.
Rev. Margaret Joachim
Margaret first encountered the Deaf community thirty years ago while training for ordination.
A previous Trustee between 2007 and 2013, she also helped to establish a full-time post for a chaplain to the Deaf in the London diocese and served on the steering group for ministry by and to Deaf people.
Margaret worked in the IT industry until she retired, and now combines research into heraldry in medieval manuscripts with volunteering at Kew Gardens, helping out at her local church, gardening, keeping up with two granddaughters and acting as house servant to two cats.
Laura previously worked at RAD as a legal caseworker for 10 years, before moving to Hertfordshire County Council to work as a Community Care Officer for Sensory Services. In total, Laura has 15 years of experience of working with Deaf and hard of hearing people in the fields of providing legal advice and now, carrying out social care assessments to ensure healthy wellbeing and independence for Deaf and hard of hearing people.
As a Deaf person and a BSL user she is regularly involved in the Deaf community especially socialising with Deaf families at various events. She lives in Hertfordshire with her Deaf husband, their two hearing children and an energetic cockapoo dog!
Mimi has been working in international banking for over 30 years in a variety of senior roles. As the mother of a profoundly Deaf child, she values Deaf culture as well as how a Deaf person may experience and interact with the hearing world. She has contributed to charity work for Deaf people and has a certificate in BSL (level 1).
She intends to bring her heart and mind to further RAD’s goals by contributing her experience, skills and knowledge to the trustee role.