OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
We wouldn’t be where we are today without our Board of Trustees who are elected at the BDA’s AGM once every three years to serve three year terms. The Trustees are responsible for the BDA’s overall strategic direction and have legal responsibility for the BDA’s management and administration. As unpaid volunteers, their commitment and contribution are pivotal to the work and support that BDA provides for Deaf communities throughout the UK.
The board meets six times a year to review and guide the BDA’s operational and financial performance against the BDA’s strategic aims and objectives. The BDA Board of Trustees consists of the chair, the vice-chair, the treasurer and seven other trustees.
Dr. Terry Riley OBE
Dr Terry Riley OBE was born into a Deaf family; both his parents were Deaf and sign language users. He has been a staunch supporter and member of BDA for over 50 years. He is an advocate for BSL for over 40 years and has been instrumental in bringing the language and Deaf culture to mainstream society. He has also been an advocate for Deaf Human Rights, travelling around the world for 40 years to ensure that the Deaf community has a 'voice'.
Terry has a wealth of experience in Deaf Television, working up from a researcher at See Hear to become its first Deaf Editor in 2000. He has given several presentations and workshops throughout his career as well as acting as a speaker at various conferences.
Terry was elected as Vice President of the European Union of the Deaf and served on the EUD Board for over 10 years. He was also elected to the World Federation of the Deaf Board of Trustees in 2011 and was re-elected for the 2015-2019 Board. Terry was awarded “The Order of the British Empire” by HM The Queen New Years’ Honours' List in January 2014.
Linda Day is the Vice Chair of BDA's Board of Trustees. Linda is a well-known teacher, trainer and television presenter.
Linda is nationally and internationally recognised for her role in the development of teaching BSL. She was the first Deaf Centre Director at Bristol University for two years, moving on to become BSL Director and graduated her MSc in 2000.
She was also BSc Programme Director and BSL Director for Lifelong Learning which shaped the development of BSc BSL Courses.
Linda has also been Project Coordinator, Project Director, Lecturer and Researcher in which she completed her MSc dissertation on the BSL handshape development of Deaf children. Her other research was into 'sign names' better know as 'name signs'.
Robert Adam is Director of Continuing Professional Development at DCAL where he coordinates both short courses and academic modules (including BSL, Deafhood and translation courses) that are available through DCAL.
Robert has undertaken a large amount of research into sign language throughout his career. His doctoral research examined unimodal bilingualism where language contact exists between different sign languages. He also documented Australian Irish Sign Language (AISL) in 2016 and developed a web resource for AISL signers and their families.
A Deaf native signer, Robert is also Vice Chair of Governors at Frank Barnes School and Co-ordinator of the World Federation of the Deaf Expert Group on Sign Language and Deaf Studies.
Trudi's Deaf father was a BDA member for many years and she is also a longstanding member of the charity herself through both paid and voluntary roles. She has attended BDA rallies and events since she was little and wants to help the charity continue its work, particularly in helping deaf children and young people as well as getting more people involved in the work of BDA.
As well as her work with BDA, Trudi provides counselling to Deaf BSL users and provides information and training on Deaf awareness to health service staff. She has also worked for a media company so is familiar with media processes.
Ashley Kendall works in the media both behind the camera as a TV researcher and in front of the camera as a presenter. He is currently a BDA trustee and is passionate to reconnect with young Deaf people across the UK and improve BDA’s relationship with the Deaf youth community.
Ashley was selected as one of the talented 18 newcomers in 2014's BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, an annual event that celebrates and supports UK's emerging talent in film, television and games. He has also appeared on the Community Channel's Punk Chef and Let's Go Wild, CBBC's My Life: Signing Off and the BBC's See Hear. He is also a presenter on CBeebies' Magic Hands.
Ashely was born and raised in a Deaf family and, from a young age, has always been confident about signing in public and is comfortable being in front of the camera. He is keen to help Deaf children increase their confidence and feeling of identity when signing and for everyone across the UK to recognise BSL and its rich history.
Sylvia Simmonds was born into a Deaf family. Both her parents were Deaf and sign language users. She has been an active member of the British Deaf Association for 37 years and has made a significant contribution to promoting the BDA as specialists in equality. She has been a leading campaigner in tackling barriers and discrimination that Deaf people face and making Deaf people aware of their rights and the steps in tackling discrimination, barriers and exclusions.
She is keen to enable the BDA to increase their diversity, covering all ages, sexual orientations, ethnicities and disabilities, across the grassroots Deaf Community and make BDA more accessible for all.