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The Board contains a mixture of experience on deafness, involvement in sport at different levels. The current Board are: –
Gordon is currently working as Head of Operations for Deaf Action, a voluntary sector organisation that specialises in deafness, overseeing services for deaf and hard of hearing people with a turnover of £2 million. Prior to his current employment, he worked at the Scottish Government, as BSL Policy Officer overlooking the BSL National Plan 2017-2023 under the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015. Gordon was the Community Manager at Deaf Direct, working in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Oxfordshire. Gordon, a former Board of Director of UK Deaf Sport, the national governing body for Deaf Sport in the UK, was responsible for organising the DeaflympicsGB team attending the 2009 and 2013 Summer Deaflympics. He was also Director of the British Deaf History Society for 12 years; and he has sat on the Bureau for Deaf History International, working on the bids for the UK to host a DHI Conference. He is one of three Executive Committee members for the DHI Conference in Edinburgh, mainly to overlook the executive decisions and finances. Gordon is also involved with football at both the local, regional and national level for over 20 years starting with Black Country Deaf Football Club at the age of 17, becoming its Chairman, become Treasurer for Midland Deaf Sports Association, oversaw the restructure of Deaf Football in the UK and currently plays for Edinburgh Deaf Futsal Club.
Philip is Chief Executive within the third sector, with over 25 years experience. He currently heads up Deaf Action, overseeing all strategic and operational work of this charitable company with a turnover of £2 million. As one of the founding members of UKDS, he has served as a trustee since its inception in 2003, being Vice Chair and Chair of UKDS. Philip has represented Great Britain Deaf Sport on the global platform, attending every international deaf sport congress since 2005, he has lead DeaflympicsGB teams competing at Deaflympics, and is currently Secretary of European Deaf Sport Organisation. He has served on various local and national committees including the national complaints panel for BSL/English Interpreters. Philip acted as the Midland Deaf Sport Association Committee Secretary for 30 years. He is an active member of his local community, playing football regularly with a Deaf team and supporting his deaf sons’ sporting endeavours. He is passionate about access to opportunities in sport, and particularly keen to see that the elite deaf athletes receives the recognition they deserves, on a par with the Olympics and Paralympics.
Derek, a former Provost’s Community Awards winner, is a deaf professional with 25 years’ experience working, volunteering, supporting, advising and guiding deaf people, their families, friends and colleagues. Has worked for RNID Scotland, Deaf Connections, National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) twice, Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD), Deafblind Scotland, Scottish Government and now back deafscotland (formerly SCoD) as their BSL Consultant supporting and advising public bodies and third sector to ensure that deaf people can engage and participate in their services. Has vast experience and knowledge working with both deaf and hearing people through Third, Public and Private Sectors, most importantly coordinated the implementation of the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 work. He has spent time as a Committee Member for Scottish Deaf Sports Federation and 10 years’ as Chairperson for Glasgow Deaf Athletic Football Club, the oldest deaf football club in the world, founded in 1871. Youth work is a huge passion of his and played a large part of his life. Mental health is also an important part of his life, as he has come across many deaf people with mental health issues and sadly some are no longer here due to communication and accessibility barriers, thus Derek’s passion for improving mental health services for deaf people in Scotland. He has volunteered in various roles, committees, sports, projects, events, etc. for 30 years – being a Baton Bearer and Clydesider for Glasgow 2014 was one of his best moments.