Executive directors

Our four executive directors, along with the Chief Executive, advise the Trustee Board on strategy and policy, and make key operational decisions for the charity in order to implement both. 

Susan Daniels talks with an MP

Each executive director provides leadership for his or her division, in line with the values of the charity, and directs the operations of the division. Each director is accountable to the Chief Executive for effective management and administration in their area.

Director of Policy and Campaigns

Brian Gale (OBE)

Prior to joining us in 2007, Brian was Director of Inclusion for Children’s Services in Cambridgeshire where he had a range of responsibilities for children with additional needs including children with special education needs, children in care, children in need of protection, and young offenders. 

He has worked in local authorities for over 25 years in a range of jobs including transport and land use planning, as an economist, and in social services and education.


Director: Children, Young People and Families

Helen Cable

Helen’s earlier career involved working in the teaching profession, there followed a Master’s Degree in Education and Management. This provided a platform to transfer her skill set into the charity sector. Helen worked at Leonard Cheshire Disability for seven years as part of the regional management team, working with disabled adults across a wide range of services and leading major transformational projects.

Prior to joining us Helen worked for Scope, leading the development and diversification of their disabled children and young people’s service offer.  Helen became Head of Business Development in 2012 – a role which oversaw a large team responsible for designing and implementing new projects that make a difference to the lives of disabled people and their families, within health, social care, education and employment.
Helen’s role at NDCS involves responsibility for all its services and support to deaf children, young people and their families.


Director People, Finance and Business Solutions

Jane Foreman

Jane Foreman qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross before moving to the charity sector. 

She holds the Institute's Diploma in Charity Accounting and is a member of the Charity and Voluntary Sector Special Interest Group, and the Information Technology and Finance and Management faculties. 

Prior to joining NDCS in 1999, Jane worked at Jewish Care for seven years as Deputy Director of Finance. 

Jane has been Deputy CEO since 2006 and is Company Secretary. She manages the Finance, Human Resources and IT teams as well as having responsibility for insurance, investments, financial planning and, in addition, the facilities operation in London.


Director of Fundraising and Communications

Mike Wade

Mike started his charity career in 1987 at Oxfam, where he worked for 17 years following by three years at WaterAid. He then joined the National Deaf Children's Society in 2008.

Mike played an instrumental role in the development of the current Gift Aid scheme.

Mike is a Trustee and Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising and is Chair of the Institute’s Policy Advisory Board. He is also a Trustee of the development charity, HelpAge International, and of their UK affiliate, Age International. In addition, he is a Board director of the Fundraising Standards Board.