Every charity has a board of trustees who make sure the organisation is doing what it was set up to do, is heading in the right direction, and is handling its money well.
The trustees are chosen for their expertise and experience, and they work without payment. They work with the chief executive and the managers to make SignHealth as good as it can be.
Jackie Driver, chair
Jackie features on this year’s Power 100 List. In terms of influencing public policy, Jackie, who is deaf, is ranked as the 6th most influential disabled person in the UK. Jackie is a Principal Officer at the Human and Equality Rights Commission with responsibility for tackling discrimination. She is also on the board of a disability rights organisation Breakthrough UK and has been involved with the Manchester Deaf Centre in the past.
Philip is Chief Executive of Deaf Action. Philip is deaf and has a broad knowledge of deafness. He is also involved as a trustee and co-founder of UK Deaf Sports.
Dr Favaad Iqbal
Fav currently works as Indirect Taxes Manager at Cambridge Assessment, a non-profit organisation and Europe’s largest assessment agency. Prior to this he worked at Deloitte for three years, and previously also completed an interdisciplinary PhD in Organic Chemistry and Neuroscience. Fav is hearing.
Monica has been involved in the voluntary sector in the area of emotional and mental health for 25 years. Her background is in journalism but she moved into learning and disability support work. She qualified as a note-taker and support worker in 2004 and as a BSL-English interpreter in 2009. Monica is hearing.
Andrew has over 20 years experience of solving business and organisational challenges as a management consultant, operational leader and global executive team member. He has significant experience of establishing new ventures and leading major transformational change across a range of sectors. Andrew is hearing.
Clare is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with several years’ experience as a Finance lead within various commercial organisations. Being Deaf, Clare possess a strong belief in the right for every Deaf individual to have access to all services within the Public and Commercial domains.
Suzi is an award-winning social entrepreneur and chief executive of iDID Adventure, a social organisation empowering marginalised young people through adventure sports. Suzi is passionate about accessible health services and specialises in child and adolescent mental health. Suzi is deaf.
Dr Emma Ferguson-Coleman is a Deaf research associate based in the Social Research with Deaf People (SORD) group at the University of Manchester. Emma has worked in the field of mental health and Deafness for over 20 years, both as an activist and as an independent mental health advocate.
Joe Gallard, treasurer
Joe currently works as Finance Director at carwow, one of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies. There and in previous roles he has specialised in helping companies manage the difficulties that come with rapid growth. Joe begun his career obtaining his accounting qualification with Deloitte where he worked as an auditor in their Banking and Capital markets team. Joe is hearing.