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.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Toby is Chief Financial and Operating Officer for Fastmarkets, a division of Euromoney plc.
Previously, he spent 11 years at The Economist Group where he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Publisher Team. At The Economist, he was responsible for the circulation, media, digital and data teams, which together were part of a global business with revenues of £300m.
Having lived a lifetime in the Deaf community, Toby is a proud BSL user and passionate advocate of removing barriers for Deaf people in all stages of life and promoting the wonderful Deaf culture.
Toby joined the board as a Trustee in 2010 and became Chair in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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 of 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.
Patrick (Deaf) is from a multi-generational Deaf family and is passionate about the work RAD does for the Deaf community having been involved with the charity from a young age.
Patrick started his career with the Civil Service in 2013 under the Civil Service Fast Stream scheme undertaking various roles, mostly in the Human Resources field. Patrick currently works within the Government Commercial Function focusing on recruitment, it is a cross-government network procuring or supporting the procurement of goods and services for government.
Shana (Deaf) graduated in BSc Psychology and is now working as a Team Leader for Serco’s Social Care Access Services.
As part of the NDCS Millenium Awards Project, she travelled to Sweden to see how their Deaf elderly population are cared for in the later stages of their lives and compiled a report which were presented to the main Deaf organisations.
She is fully committed to seeing RAD continue their excellent work to support all Deaf people.