Below you can find information about each of the current NDCS trustees.
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- Lisa Capper - Chair
- Tim Polack - Vice Chair
- Sheila McKenzie - Deputy Treasurer
- Gerard Featherstone - Trustee
- Jan Rutherford - Trustee
- Helen Selwood - Trustee
- Suzi Beese - Trustee
- Jennie Rayson
- Dominic Holton
- Lorraine Wapling
Lisa Capper - Chair
Lisa has been an elected trustee at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2010, after turning to the NDCS for advice and support on the birth of her son. She has two children. Her son Harrison has a right side Microtia, is moderately deaf and wears a bone conducting hearing aid which fixes to his head with an innovative sticky patch.
Lisa is Principal and Director of Education and Skills at Nacro, the Social Justice Charity. Previously she was Vice Principal of an FE College and Executive Director of their Academies’ Trust. She has a background as an Assistant Director in central government, and as a senior manager in the charitable sector specialising in FE and education policy and programme development, childcare and parent partnership work. She has an MBA from Aston University and is a member of the national network of women chairs.
Tim Polack - Vice Chair
Tim has two children – his son Sam is profoundly deaf as a result of meningitis, and has a cochlear implant. Tim is Head of Consulting at Informa Business Intelligence, an information services firm. He advises businesses and organisations on strategy and operational improvements.
We are very grateful for the fantastic support we have had from the NDCS since Sam was first diagnosed deaf in 2009. It is a privilege to be able to be a trustee – the work of the NDCS is hugely important for every deaf child and young person, and their families. I hope my professional expertise and my experience as the parent of a deaf child will be valuable to the NDCS, and enable me to make a real contribution. - Tim Polack
Sheila McKenzie - Deputy Treasurer
Sheila has two sons, the eldest of whom has a bilateral moderate hearing loss and wears hearing aids.
Sheila is a chartered accountant with almost 20 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector.
She is currently the Director of Finance for the CfBT Schools Trust and as well as acting as Deputy Treasurer for the National Deaf Children’s Society she works in a voluntary capacity as Treasurer of SOS Sahel UK which supports development work in the Sahel region of Africa.
Gerard Featherstone - Trustee
Gerard joined the NDCS Trustee Board in November 2009. Gerard’s son John had a progressive hearing loss since birth and received a cochlear implant when he was two years old. John now attends a mainstream secondary school. Gerard lives in the North West of England works for a local university and has his own marketing and publishing company.
Gerard has been active in promoting deaf awareness through volunteer work and children’s book publishing.
He is also involved in promoting social inclusion of deaf children amongst professionals by providing deaf awareness resources, attending events and writing articles.
I really want to help to raise expectations of our deaf children and empower parents to make informed decisions about their children’s future. I am delighted to be able share my personal and professional experience to contribute to the mission of NDCS. - Gerard Featherstone
Jan Rutherford - Trustee
Jan has two school-age children, the younger of whom is profoundly deaf and has a cochlear implant. Jan is a Partner and member of the investment committee at Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), where she leads investments in high growth technology and technology-enabled companies and oversees investments across the healthcare sector. A pharmacist by background, prior to moving into the investment field, Jan held operational and commercial roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Originally from Scotland, Jan lives in London with her husband and their two children.
Helen Selwood - Trustee
Helen has two young children. Carys has bilateral cochlear implants and she also has enlarged vestibular aqueducts & Mondini.
Helen, originally from South Wales, works as a Finance Director for Walker Greenbank PLC, a global luxury interior furnishing company and is based in the South East of England.
Suzi Beese - Trustee
Suzi Beese is Commercial Director at Music Glue (an eCommerce Technology firm), leading all commercial and business development activity.
Suzi has a background in consultancy, working with directors, trustees and management teams on issues including: strategic management information, analysis and decision-making, performance management, compliance, management of finance and assets, and corporate governance. Suzi has British Sign Language (Level 2) and, through her husband’s family, an awareness of the issues, challenges and misconceptions facing deaf children.
Jennie has two children, the youngest of whom has a bilateral moderate to severe hearing loss and wears hearing aids.
Jennie is an economist and senior civil servant with 20 years’ experience in the public sector. She is experienced in setting strategic objectives and plans in public sector environments, and has advised Boards on strategic opportunities and risks.
As a professional Government economist, Jennie is also highly experienced in using evidence and analysis to underpin policies, set strategies and assess value for money.
Dominic has one child, (born 2014), who was born with Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts and progressive bilateral hearing loss. His daughter’s deafness is currently severe and she wears hearing aids.
Dominic has 14 years’ experience in the financial services industry, with a passion for helping consumers to improve their financial well-being, and has been involved in developing several digital comparison services across Europe.
A statistician by training, his background is in analysing existing situations (financial, consumer, market) and devising and implementing strategy to achieve a desired vision or outcome.
Lorraine was co-opted to our Trustee Board in 2018. She is a consultant in international development with a focus on disability inclusive development.
Lorraine has worked in the international development sector since 1999 and has undertaken assignments on programmes in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific for a wide selection of international agencies and NGOs including DFID, DFAT (Australian Aid), the UN and the EU. Thematic areas covered include disability issues in education, livelihoods and employment, rights and capacity building, and social protection.