Trustees

Andy Goodwin – Chair

Andy has worked in the Financial Services’ sector for more than 30 years and is a fully qualified Financial Adviser. He has vast experience in motivating staff and encouraging achievement of targets, both in a personal capacity and on a corporate level. Andy is Hard of Hearing.

Barry Avison – Treasurer

Barry qualified from AAT 25 years ago and brings a wealth of disability arts and culture experience to the Board. A well-known member of the Deaf Community, Barry is part of the ground-breaking and innovative DaDaFest (Disability and Deaf Art) team, which he has nurtured from a small community arts organisation to a leading international festival production.  His voluntary roles have included Treasurer of the British Deaf Association, Chair of the Sign Dance Theatre Trust and Chair of Newcastle Deaf Club. Presently Barry is involved with the Wirral Deaf Community, Conwy Coast Deaf Golf Society, MerseySign Deaf Theatre and RiverSign Sign Choir. Barry moved to Merseyside (via London) from Newcastle 25 years ago after working with the NHS and a Sign Dance Theatre company.

Reverend Hannah Lewis

Hannah Lewis is a Deaf BSL user and Church of England priest employed by the diocese of Liverpool to work with the Deaf community across the diocese (Liverpool, Sefton, Wigan, Warrington, St Helens and all places in between!) As part of this role she has been chaplain to community and staff at MSDP since 2006. Hannah joined the board of Trustees in 2017 and is passionate about empowering d/Deaf people in all areas of life.

Katy McGunigle

Katy has more than 30 years’ experience of working in the charitable and health and social care sectors. Katy grew up with a significant hearing loss and relied on lip reading. After acquiring some of her hearing in her late 20s, her involvement with Merseyside Society for Deaf People increased. In the last couple of years Katy has written and produced the play ‘Perception of Time’ in British Sign Language and English, which has led her to link in with public health services and universities researching the inequalities within Cancer services for D/deaf people.  

Deborah Gamble

Deborah has over 25 years’ experience in the accounting sector and is a qualified AAT accountant. She has vast managerial experience at a corporate level. Deborah started her career in the legal sector, then after working in accountancy practice, she started her own accounts and training business in 2008. She is currently learning British Sign Language through MSDP.