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.
Dr Emma Ferguson-Coleman
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.
Tania Hudson, TreasurerTania is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and a qualified teacher of mathematics. She has many years’ experience in senior finance roles across the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including as Finance Director of Scope and Historic Royal Palaces. Tania is also a trustee of the Little Princess Trust. Tania is hearing.
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.
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.
Trudi has been a BACP Accredited Psychological Therapist for over 20 years and has worked as a Health Advocate, Mental Health First Aid Approved Trainer, as well as working with several Deaf organisations. Trudi had Deaf parents, grew up within the Deaf Community and has a huge interest in Mental Health and Mindfulness.
Vanessa has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years, and has spent the last ten years fundraising and raising awareness within the hospice sector. She has significant experience in supporting charities to set and achieve their goals, whilst living their values and keeping the beneficiaries at the heart of everything they do. Vanessa is hearing, and is actively working on improving her sign language.