Deaf Unity

Governance at the charity for deaf people in the UK and worldwide

[l-r] Freelance interpreter Ezewesiri Ani, Rhiannon Lewis from LSDC and Deaf Unity founder Abdi Gas
[l-r] Freelance interpreter Ezewesiri Ani, Rhiannon Lewis from LSDC and Deaf Unity founder Abdi Gas

Who is your chair?

Our chair is Mohamed Omar. His brothers and sister are deaf, so he understands deaf issues.

How many trustees are there?

There are three trustees. None of them are paid.

How often does the board meet?

Trustees meet five times a year.

Will the board expand?

Deaf Unity is a new charity, so the board will expand to reflect the needs of planned projects as they develop. As the charity's models are duplicated elsewhere, the experience and skill set of the board will have to expand accordingly.

How do you recruit trustees?

We will recruit future trustees by advertising on our website and elsewhere. We will also invite applications internally from individuals already involved in our projects, and from individuals known by us as having the appropriate skills.

When was your last governance review, and what did it conclude?

Deaf Unity is in its first official year, and we plan to review and refine its governance annually.

What issues is the board talking about at the moment?

We are focusing on plans to build links with all universities in London to ensure that deaf students have access to our new London Deaf Learners initiative. It aims to support the development of a new generation of deaf role models. The scheme is part of the London Leaders programme.

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