Our People

Executive Management Group

Our Executive Management Group bring a wealth of experience from corporate and charity sectors to Deafblind UK. They are responsible for leading the organisation to achieving its overarching goals.

Steve Conway, CEO

Steve Conway | Chief Executive Officer

Steve joined us in 2018 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Having spent 26 years in the Royal Marines, Steve worked for the NHS where he held positions of National Emergency Planning Officer, as Chief Executive of NHS Orkney and the Director of Strategy and Support for NHS National Services Scotland. More recently, Steve was appointed Chief Executive of Erskine, a large charity that provides care, accommodation and support services to armed forces veterans across Scotland. Steve has since re-located and now lives near Stamford where he enjoys cycling and sailing when he has the chance!

Rod Cullen, Director of Finance

Rod Cullen | Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive

Rod joined Deafblind UK in 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.

Simone Moore, Director of Operations

Simone Moore | Director of operations and CQC Responsible Individual

Simone joined Deafblind UK in June 2018. She has a wealth of experience in supported living, residential and community based care and support which she uses to ensure that we provide high quality services and support to all of our members and customers. Simone is also our Responsible Individual for our regulated services, registered with the Care Quality Commission. When she’s not at work, Simone enjoys competing her horses and socialising with her family and friends.

Shirley Scotcher, Director of Fundraising

Shirley Scotcher | Director of Fundraising, and responsible for Trading and Marketing

Shirley joined Deafblind UK in June 2017 bringing a vast understanding of the fundraising market. In her brief time with us she has developed the trading arm of Deafblind UK by introducing a new charity shop, and has also developed a five year fundraising strategy diversifying our model to maintain sustainable funding. In her spare time Shirley volunteers for a number of organisations and enjoys walking her two rescue dogs with her husband and two children.

Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall direction of the organisation. Our Trustees are:

Bob Nolan, Chair of Deafblind UK

Bob Nolan | Chair

Bob was elected Chair of Deafblind UK in 2018 having had previous links with the charity and been Chair of Deafblind Scotland. Bob has recently retired from a successful 35 year career with Shell Exploration and Production as their European Subsurface and Wells Support Manager. As part of this work, Bob travelled all over the world with his red and white cane and gave awareness talks on living and working with deafblindness, in many of the countries he visited. Bob was born with a 70% hearing loss and has now lost over 97% of his sight but he remains committed to making the most of his life. He works tirelessly to raise awareness of deafblindness and has raised over £75,000 for deafblind people by taking on cycling and walking challenges – most recently doing the Three Peaks and cycling from peak to peak!

Ruth Bridgeman

Ruth Bridgeman | Vice Chair

Ruth took early retirement from her post as National Director for the Peer Review Programme at NHS England in 2015 and was working with Cancer Research UK until becoming a Trustee of Deafblind UK in April 2017. She has worked with the Department of Health, National Cancer Action Team and NHS and was previously an Assistant Director with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Ruth and her husband enjoy watching rugby and are Leicester Tigers season ticket holders.

Stephen Critoph | Treasurer

Stephen became a Trustee in Spring 2019. He is a Chartered Accountant and has worked as Chief Financial Officer on the Boards of both PLC and private companies. He has led companies through major expansion, acquisition and restructuring phases. As well as finance, he has also worked in property, IT and procurement. Stephen is also a school governor and a Trustee of the CharityComms charity. In his spare time Stephen enjoys music, all things Italian, cinema, walking and plays a very poor round of golf!

John Greenhalgh

John Greenhalgh

John is a Chartered Accountant and joined the Deafblind UK Board in 2011. He has experience working in senior positions across a wide range of sectors including care.

John Churcher

John Churcher

John has been a member of Deafblind UK for over 20 years and is proud to have become a Trustee in April 2017. As a member of the GB paraclimbing team and the first blind person to summit The Eiger, John strongly represents our members who are determined to not let sight and hearing loss get in the way of what they want to achieve! John lives with his wife, daughter, guide dog, Daisy and his retired guide dog, Annie.

Asif Hussain

Asif Hussain

Asif has spent his career promoting dignity and independence for people with disabilities, having worked for various charities and co-founding the Asian Disability Network (now Bradnet). He has always tried to ensure that barriers are removed so that disabled people of all communities are empowered and enabled to achieve choice and control over their lives. More recently, Asif has was a member of the Board of Directors of Disability Rights UK (formerly RADAR), before becoming the Chair in 2015.  In his free time, Asif enjoys walking, reading, socialising with friends and family and bonding with his first grandson!

George Foy

George Foy

George is a senior executive with over 40 years strategic, commercial and technical IT experience gained in the academic, public, commercial and voluntary sectors, combining extensive business and technical knowledge with an exceptional track record of delivering strategic IT systems. Has a deep understanding of the latest technologies gained from experience in both commercial and academic research roles.

Manbir Nagra

Manbir Nagra

After spending her summer university vacations working in her local NHS ophthalmology department and volunteering for a visual impairment charity, Manbir went on to train full-time in hospital optometry.  Manbir was subsequently appointed as a part-time senior optometrist in a low vision clinic.  Following completion of her PhD, Manbir went on to work as a university researcher and lecturer.  Manbir currently works as a Reader in Vision Science at the University of Portsmouth, serves on several national and international ophthalmology/optometry committees, and undertakes consultancy in the optical sector.