Roger Hewitt – Chairman
Roger became profoundly deaf as a result of meningitis at the age of 6. However this has never held him back or stopped him working, assisting and supporting others. Roger regards himself as a positive role model with many years experience of working in industry, so can empathise with Deaf people in the workplace.
Following a career in PR and marketing at an international chemical company (ICI/AstraZeneca) Roger set up as a freelance consultant and trainer specialising in Deaf issues and has travelled extensively in both the UK and abroad (Gambia, South Africa and India) supporting Deaf people in employment, project management and accessibility.
In addition to being General Secretary of The British Society for Mental Health and Deafness (BSMHD) Roger is currently a Board member of Inclusion London CIC, and an advisor on Deaf and Disabled accessibility issues in the transport, health and leisure fields.
Roger was the recipient of the National Sound Barrier Star Award 2010 recognising achievement and inspiration in hard of hearing and deaf people.
Mark Clark- Hon Treasurer
Mark Clark is an experienced MBA Project Manager with extensive experience of commercialising intellectual property. His skills include business development, business planning and financial management. Over the last 10 years Mark has held board level directorships in the corporate sector and senior management positions in the public sector.
Mark is a local councilllor and treasurer of two local charities;
Ditchling FairTrade Group and Vale of Sussex.
Mark is a keen cyclist, practices yoga and pilates and enjoys travelling.
Elizabeth Francis has been a volunteer for Action for Deafness since November 2012. It is a role that she has enjoyed and found fulfilling. Being a hearing aid user herself for four years, Elizabeth understand the problems that our patients face and appreciates the vital services that Action for Deafness provides.
Elizabeth's main role has been to help out with hearing aid maintenance clinics posted all around West Sussex.
In January 2013 Elizabeth was invited to join the Action for Deafness Patient Participation Group, a role which Elizabeth has found particularly interesting and rewarding. The Forum has been instrumental in developing the Patient Satisfaction Survey Form which will provide the organisation with valuable and useful feedback.
Elizabeth worked for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) for 12 years as the Regional Organiser for West Sussex, having been involved with lobbying on a local level on a variety of issues including the ‘Keep Trade Local Campaign’. Elizabeth carried out a number of surveys on such subjects as Job Centre Plus, Parking and Broadband and produced reports with statistical information.
Simon was the Head of Community Development Team at the Royal Association for Deaf people, his area covered London and the Southeast of England working with the Deaf communities, Deaf Centres and Deaf clubs.
Employment for me started at the tender age of 16 when I joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as an apprentice tradesman. In 1972 having completed my term of engagement I began a succession of posts in NHS management moving from Reading to Oxford to North Norfolk.
In 1978 I joined a subsidiary of Grand Metropolitan Ltd called GrandMet Services for Hospitals. The company provided ancillary services to nursing homes and private hospitals in the UK and overseas. In 1981 the company acquired its first private hospital. Seabrook Independent Hospital in Worthing and so began my career running at first a single private hospital and then a number of hospitals as a Regional Director. There followed five years managing a hospital owned by a Friendly Society in North London finally ending up as Head of Private Patients at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
In 2003 I was diagnosed with tinnitus and in 2005 was fitted with my first hearing aid. As a client of Action for Deafness in Worthing I was quickly impressed with the professionalism of the organisation and when reading that Action for Deafness was looking for new trustees I expressed an interest and was delighted to be accepted as a trustee.
I am looking forward to supporting Jane and her management team as they face the challenges that NHS financial constraints will inevitably bring as well as the immediate challenge of increased competition from other providers of NHS services.
I am married to Sue a retired nurse. I have two daughters and four grandchildren.
|Eamonn Skyrme was brought up in and continues to live in Sussex. He is a compliance and risk specialist.
One of Eamonn’s earliest memories is “playing submarines” with the clicker in the acoustic booth at hospital – in fact he was having his hearing tested for the first of many times.
His early career was spent in credit risk and branch banking before moving to a card processor in 1996 undertaking a variety of underwriting and management roles. He attained his Banking exams whilst working in credit underwriting covering SME businesses. This led to him working on complex high profile company restructurings with a specialty in the travel sector, where he worked with the leading industry regulators.
Over the last decade, Eamonn has acted as an industry compliance specialist and, more recently, undertaken compliance roles including leading on data security and wider payments regulatory compliance.
Eamonn loves to use various pieces of technology to mitigate his hearing loss.
Eamonn’s volunteering over the years has included working with a dog re-homing charity, as a school governor and teaching mathematics to adult learners who are returning to education.