Senior Management Group

Our Senior Management Group
The Senior Management Group have overall corporate responsibility for Deafblind UK and About Me’s strategy, leadership, management and organisational performance. The team focus at a strategic and operational level on the business of the Deafblind UK group and on the delivery of its activities ensuring our members and customers are at the centre of everything we do.

Liz Bates, Interim Chief Executive

Liz Bates Liz comes to Deafblind UK with 25 years experience in the health and social care sectors, during which time she was Chief Executive of a Primary Care Group. Her experience includes establishing and developing a new primary care organisation, managing a commissioning portfolio for voluntary and community organisations, and coaching and mentoring senior executives. She has most recently been working in the charity sector leading the design and implementation of a national model that enables better engagement between the charity and health sectors.

Prior to becoming Interim Chief Executive, Liz was a Trustee for Deafblind UK from February 2011 – March 2016.

Liz is a huge fan of Manchester United she also loves all sports, going on holiday, food and socialising.

Rod Cullen, Director of Finance 

Rod Cullen Rod joined Deafblind UK in April 2008 as a Management Accountant, his first role in the not-for-profit sector having spent the previous six years at Volvo Construction.

Rod has in-depth knowledge of all areas of Deafblind UK having previously overseen IT and HR, as well as heading up a subsidiary to delivering support and guidance to individuals receiving Direct Payments and Personal Health Budgets. He is passionate about delivering quality services whilst at the same time providing value for money to our funders.

Rod’s interests include most sports, particularly football and cricket, and anything relating to history.



Helen Meadows, Head of HR and Business Support

Helen Meadows Helen is has worked for Deafblind UK since 2008 and leads our HR and Business Support functions. Helen champions the fact that great people who work and volunteer for the Deafblind UK Group are essential to delivering great care and support to our members and customers. Helen is responsible for the direction, management and development of our HR function including learning & development and the recruitment of staff and our volunteers. Understanding the history of our organisation, our members and customers and an in depth understanding of our services enables Helen and her team to really deliver great support to our leaders and staff. In addition to leading our HR function Helen also manages our Business Support team and Health & Safety.

Prior to joining Deafblind UK, Helen worked in HR across a number of sectors including Education, Care & Support and Manufacturing. Having a passion for human resources, recruitment and organisational culture for almost 20 years Helen is also BSL and Deafblind manual qualified and ensures that working on a regular basis with the people we support is crucial to understanding the values we need in our people to deliver the best care and support.

In Helen’s spare time she loves spending time with her family and sons, which generally involves being a taxi service and standing for long periods of time on a football pitch at least 5 days a week! She loves the North Norfolk coast and spends as much time as possible there at the weekends and over the summer.

Lee Bolland, Director of Operations and Community Services (Acting) 

Lee Bolland Lee joined About Me in May 2014. He has over 12 years experience working in the social care sector, and had previously worked as an operations manager for the Royal Mencap Society. Lee is our registered manager and is responsible for ensuring that About Me meet and exceed regulatory compliance. Lee is passionate about the rights of people with a disability and believes that all people should have equal opportunities in our society. He is committed to growing and developing the organisation so that we can provide excellent services to as many people with a sensory impairment as possible.

Outside of work Lee enjoys family adventures in his caravan, cooking and listening to music – sometimes all at the same time!