Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Chair

Beverley Roberts

Beverley has experience working in a wide range of domains. She is also a qualified British Sign Language and holds a Masters degree (Interpreting & translation) – University of Leeds.

She has a Signature level 3 qualification in modifying written English for D/deaf people as well as a PTLLS qualification. 

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Established a successful work search programme in Manchester for unemployed D/deaf people which was shortlisted for the Signature ‘Community award’.

She deems it a privilege and an honour to have been elected as the chairperson of the ALS. It is her intention to work hard alongside the team to promote both the ethos and the incredible lipspeaking skills of the ALS membership.

Honorary Secretary

Dilys Palin

Dilys has grown-up lipspeaking to her profoundly deaf brother. She attended a lipreading class and it was suggested to her by the tutor that she train to become a lipspeaker.

She learned British sign language in 1989 and started to train as a lipspeaker in 1996.

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Dilys has also maintained her CPD, attending various courses and has also passed a PTTLS (Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning) course in 2014.

Through courses run by the Manchester Centre for Deaf Studies, she started to teach lipspeaking in 2007

Of the 34 Lipspeakers currently on the NRCPD register, Dilys has taught 19.

Treasurer

Phil Rees

I first came across the Association of Lipspeakers whilst helping my deaf sister with her various work meetings when professional lipspeakers were unavailable. I qualified in 2016, and since then have enjoyed working across numerous fields: including government, social work, religious, medical and education.

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I have a background in educational marketing and arts administration, having worked for various agencies and organisations across London over the last 25 years.

My family (partner, two teenagers, and one adored but rather a stupid cat) have lived in East Dulwich, London; for the parks, galleries, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, and even capricious transport system. I believe that lipspeakers provide an immensely valuable service and that our Association fulfills a vital role in ensuring that deaf people can access, with confidence, the professional and experienced support necessary to engage fully with the wider community, be it in a work or social context.

Membership Secretary

Tina Holmes

Tina qualified as a British Sign Language/English Interpreter in 2007 and has extensive experience in working with d/Deaf people in various domains. Now as a qualified lipspeaker, Tina can extend her skills to support the hard of hearing community in many areas including legal settings.

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She joined ALS in 2015 and soon volunteered to become membership secretary in order to liaise more closely with both new and established members and be an active part of the committee. Tina is passionate about improving equal access and communication for all. She enthusiastically promotes lipspeaking at every opportunity in order to raise awareness and attends many events around the UK. 

Minutes Secretary

Dian-Donovan

As a qualified Electronic Notetaker, I am more than happy to support the Association of Lipspeakers as the Minute Secretary. My experience lies in notetaking for the last 12 years mainly in education and then being Freelance over the last 3 years. I then qualified as a lipspeaker and with my previous experience as a Communication Support Worker with Level 3 BSL, I have been kept busy as a Freelancer. 

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I have worked in many environments such as business, health, and social services and enjoy the variety of placements and being able to work with wonderful clients. 

I consider it a privilege to support the Association of Lipspeakers, a dedicated group of professionals. 

Now that my children have flown the nest I now have some downtime in which I like to write and have recently published a book and have had some short plays published and performed.

Information Officer

Julie Fauvel-Howard

As the daughter of a profoundly deaf parent, Jules recognises just how isolating a world can be when you cannot directly communicate with it. She feels immensely proud to be a lipspeaker, be able to facilitate communication and feels passionate about raising awareness of The Association of Lipspeakers.

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Providing communication through lipspeaking since she qualified has meant she has carried this passion forward. Jules feels honoured to be able to work in this profession to facilitate full access to communication so people feel empowered and can make informed decisions without feeling isolated from the hearing world. 

She hopes that through her role as an information officer, she can further raise awareness of an Association she feels incredibly proud to be a part of.

Assistant Secretary

Yasmin Jacobsen

Freelance Communication support worker (CSW) for over 6 years. Currently a Trainee Sign Language Interpreter (TSLI). I have experience in education and work environments. I am able to do sign support lipspeaking if required.

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I live in Hemel Hempstead and travel in and out of London by public transport.

Assistant Membership Secretary 
Assistant Treasurer 

Gary Huteson

I first saw lipspeakers in action in the mid-90s when a deafened colleague used their services for meetings etc. It was at this time that I became aware of some of the barriers and obstacles that the D/deaf and deafened community face in the workplace.

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I subsequently passed BSL Levels 1 & 2 in the early 2000s and after a long and varied career in the I.T. world, I’m now nearing the end of the Level 3 lipspeaker training course in Manchester.

Special Advisor to the ALS

Lynne Dubin

Founder member of the Association of Lipspeakers (ALS)

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