Our Committee/The Team

    Chair

    Beverley Roberts
    Beverley has a vast amount of experience working in a wide range of domains. She is also a qualified British Sign Language Interpreter MA (Leeds University)

    Holds a Signature level 3 qualification in modifying written English for D/deaf people and also has a PTLLS qualification.

    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's her intention to work hard alongside the team to promote both the ethos and the incredible lipspeaking skills of the ALS membership.

    Vice Chair

    Vacant

    Honorary Secretary

    Dilys Palin
    Dilys has gown 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 learnt British sign language in 1989 and started to train as a Lipspeaker in 1996.
     
    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.

    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 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 fulfils 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
    I come from an aviation customer service background and then worked in education for 10 years as a CSW. In 2008 I qualified as a BSL/English interpreter working with the Deaf community in various domains. I am a qualified Lipspeaker and keen to promote the profession to ensure accessibility for hard of hearing people.

    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.

    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 feel immensely proud to be a Lipspeaker, be able to facilitate communication and feels passionate about raising awareness of The Association of Lipspeakers.

    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 information officer, she can further raise awareness of an Association she feels incredibly proud to be a part of.

    Special Advisor

    Lynne Dubin

    Student Representative

    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. I subsequently passed BSL Levels 1 & 2 in the early 2000s and after a long and varied career in the ITworld I’m now nearing the end of the Level 3 lipspeaker training course in Manchester.