Senior Management Group
Our Senior 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 – Chief Executive Officer
Steve was commissioned in the Royal Marines in 1976. During a varied career which spanned 26 years he held several key appointments including; Signals Officer for the Special Boat Service, Adjutant of the Commando Training Centre, Director of Land and Amphibious Operations in NATO Allied Forces Northwestern Europe, and Commanding Officer of Royal Marines Reserve Scotland.
On leaving the Royal Marines in 2002, Steve joined NHS Scotland as the National Emergency Planning Officer responsible for ensuring the NHS could respond to large-scale incidents. In 2004, he was appointed as Chief Executive of NHS Orkney, where he undertook a major service redesign programme, and at a national level was involved with the introduction of the new NHS Terms and Conditions. After three years in Orkney he moved to NHS National Services Scotland as the Director of Strategy and Support until 2011 when he was appointed Chief Executive of Erskine, a large charity that provides care, accommodation and support services to armed forces veterans across Scotland.
Steve and his wife Heather live near Stamford, and have a son who lives in Toronto and a daughter who lives in London. His hobbies include sailing and cycling.
Rod Cullen – Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive
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.
Shirley Scotcher – Director of Fundraising
Shirley joined Deafblind UK in June 2017 and leads our Fundraising, Marketing and Trading functions. She comes with a wealth of experience having worked with many disability charities. She is very passionate about championing the cause for people with sight and hearing loss and says: “I am astounded at the work that Deafblind UK does and the amount of people we support. I am very proud to be part of the team.”
In her spare time, Shirley likes to write plays and pantomimes for local amateur dramatic groups and has a keen interest in conservation.
Helen Meadows – Director of HR and Business Support
Helen joined Deafblind UK in 2008 and leads our HR, Business Support and Facilities teams. Prior to joining Deafblind UK, Helen worked in HR across a number of sectors including Education, Care & Support and Manufacturing. Having a passion for HR, recruiting great people and organisational culture for almost 20 years Helen is also MCIPD, BSL and Deafblind Manual qualified.
Helen is passionate that it’s our people who work and volunteer at Deafblind UK is what makes us special. Our people are so key to delivering our specialist services. In Helen’s spare time (of which there is not a lot!) she loves spending time with her family, leisure time on the North Norfolk coast and being outdoors.
Bob Nolan, Chair
“Following my recent retirement from Shell and my family’s move back to England after 26 years north of the border, I am delighted to become the next Chair of Deafblind UK. I’m really excited about working with an outstanding group of people who we are fortunate to have as our staff, volunteers and trustees. Also following many years as Chair of our sister organisation in Scotland, I know we have opportunities to build on best practices from both organisations. I also believe that deafblind people can achieve anything we want with the right support, so let’s get out there and do great things together and continue to make Deafblind UK an organisation we can all be proud of.”
John Greenhalgh, Treasurer
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 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.
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.