Meet the Team

Joanne Parr

Chief Executive Officer

Joanne joined MSDP in January 2021 bringing more than 15 years of Local Authority and voluntary sector experience.  A passionate advocate for community empowerment, Joanne has worked with and for Deaf and hard of hearing communities since 2013, leading Business Development and nationally funded Health and Social Care programmes at The Deaf Health Charity SignHealth and the UK Council on Deafness.  Prior to joining the deaf voluntary sector various roles have included; Local Authority and Social Housing Neighbourhood Management, community involvement and public relations.  

Dawn Dignam

Manager of Support Services

Dawn manages the Support Services team and ensures that all aspects of the Support Services comply with Local Authority contracts.

Stephen Mckenna

Manager of Training Services

Stephen manages the Training team, projects and contracts in relation to the training and interpreting services.

Sarah Welch

Finance & Human Resources

Sarah Welch is our head of Finance & Human Resources. Sarah manages all aspects of Human Resource, Financial planning and analysis.

Karen Devlin

PA to CEO and Chair of Trustees, Volunteer and Management Team Co-ordinator

Karen coordinates Volunteers, Room Bookings and provides administrative support to the CEO, Chair of Trustees and at management and Board meetings.

Janice Connolly

Community Liaison Officer

Janice supports the members of the community and is responsible for keeping everyone informed of events and issues via social media. Janice is also our liaison between our partners, she works with agencies to provide information translated into BSL.