Below you can find information about each of the current NDCS trustees.
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- Lisa Capper - Chair
- Tim Polack - Vice Chair
- Sally Procopis - Treasurer
- Sheila McKenzie - Deputy Treasurer
- Gerard Featherstone - Trustee
- Jane Hill - Trustee
- Claire McClafferty - Trustee
- Jan Rutherford - Trustee
- Helen Selwood - Trustee
- Suzi Beese - Trustee
Lisa Capper - Chair
Lisa has two children, Harrison has a right side Microtia, is moderately deaf and wears a bone conducting hearing aid. Lisa is 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 initiatives 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
Sally Procopis - Treasurer
Sally Procopis is married with two children and is a chartered accountant and Business Manager of a division of Linklaters LLP, a global law firm.
Prior to this, Sally spent ten years in senior management roles in the public and voluntary sectors, latterly as Finance and Resources Director of Futurebuilders England, a £200m government investment fund for the third sector.
In a volunteer capacity, before working with NDCS, Sally was the Independent Expert on the Audit and Risk Committee of The Samaritans
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
Jane Hill - Trustee
Jane joined the NDCS Trustee Board in 2012. She lives in Sussex with her five children, one of whom, Gracie (born 2005), is deaf. Gracie has a severe to profound bilateral hearing impairment and has a cochlear implant and a digital hearing aid.
Jane is a senior civil servant, currently a Legal Director in the Government Legal Department. She has extensive experience of setting strategy, developing policy, managing change in complex organisations, monitoring performance and ensuring that there are strong frameworks in place for financial and risk management.
Claire McClafferty - Trustee
Claire joined the trustee board in 2008 and lives in Lanark in Scotland. She is the parent of four children, one of whom has severe hearing loss and one of whom has moderate hearing loss. Her older daughter is currently studying at university and her younger one is a competitive swimmer and member of the GB Deaf Swimming Club. The family are long standing members of the West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society and appreciate all the opportunities and support this, and their membership of NDCS, has provided, especially in the early years.
Claire works part time as a social worker within a fostering service. She also works as a freelance grant assessor for a number of local and national charities.
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.