Ruth Griffiths is the Executive Chair of BSLBT. She worked in broadcasting for more than 25 years, notably building the BBC’s subtitling, Sign Language interpretation and audio description services.
After leaving Red Bee Media in 2006, Ruth worked on research and consultancy projects, in both the access and translation arenas, before joining BSLBT in 2009.
Rubbena is a renowned artist who paints and creates installations at her studio in West London She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally.
Rubbena is a qualified and highly experienced Art Psychotherapist who works with children and adults who have experienced a wide range of mental, emotional and behavioural difficulties. As an expert in sexual and relationship education for Deaf people she provides consultancy and training to Deaf young people, and professionals in the field.
Active in the third sector for many years and a founder member and chairperson of the Deaf Ethnic Women’s Association (DEWA), Rubbena is an active, passionate campaigner for women’s rights, combatting the deeply entrenched inequalities experienced by minority ethnic Deaf women and deaf children in education.
Lynn is the CEO of the charity Redwings. In leading Redwings' more than 200 staff and over £8m annual operating budget, Lynn brings to the Board skills and experience including Governance, Strategic Planning, finance and HR, in addition to a MBA, marketing, editing and campaigning qualifications.
Lynn's background as a fundraiser and previous roles in marketing and PR have contributed to her commitment to the charity sector.
Her introduction to the deaf community before joining BSLBT was through working with deaf colleagues.
James is the Editorial Operations Director at Nickelodeon UK & Ireland and has been working in broadcasting since leaving University in 2005.
He has a wealth of experience in the sphere of broadcast; including Operations, Programming, Compliance, Access Services and VOD.
He has a passion for delivering fantastic content across a multitude of platforms whilst embracing new broadcast technologies in order to stay current in an ever-expanding landscape.
Jill has been deaf since early childhood. After working first as a civil servant then as a computer programmer, she moved into teaching Deaf Awareness and BSL. She teaches levels 1-3 BSL and Deaf Awareness at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Jill has a wide range of voluntary commitments, ranging from desktop publishing for NADP’s newsletter and her local church newsletter, serving on the committee of the Milton Keynes branch of NDCS, and volunteering with Hertfordshire Police on their Police Link Officer for Deaf People scheme. She was one of the interviewees in Melissa Mostyn’s 2014 documentary ‘Listen, Even When Your Heart is Crying’, and has also appeared with Herts Police on See Hear.
Her interests are visiting art galleries, greyhound rescue and gardening.
Paul Johnston is profoundly deaf and a BSL user. He has over 25 years experience in the IT sector, having worked his way up from a mere Computer Programmer to a Team Leader; designing, developing and maintaining IT systems, databases and applications.
He has since left IT to explore other career options, especially within the Deaf and BSL community. He has worked for several Deaf charities in various capacities, including Project Manager. He currently teaches BSL at Northampton University.
One of his passions is cinema and watching TV, especially non mainstream programmes and films in other cultures and foreign languages. Naturally this includes BSL, which is one of the reasons he applied for the role of Trustee at BSLBT.
His other interests include travelling, sailing, rugby union and reading.
Kerry is a UK and EU policy and regulatory expert. She has given strategic policy advice to business leaders and Government Ministers in a number of markets across the EU and in the USA.
Kerry has led successful lobbying coalitions on issues as diverse as product placement and antibiotic contamination of fish. Kerry is a qualified primary teacher with ten years’ experience, much of that in a bi-lingual setting.
Kerry is passionate about ensuring access to quality content for all. Her background in broadcast policy gives her a unique insight into the work of the BSLBT and helps her support its aims as fully as possible.
Marianne Matthews joined BSLBT as a Trustee in April 2016. She is passionate about the transformative power of media and television to bring people and communities together.
She feels this is a time of opportunity for the BSLBT to build on its track record for creating award winning signed content, and to widen its audience reach.
Marianne works at Sky in the Responsible Business team to embed accessibility into Sky products and services, working across the business to identify opportunities to leverage technology and knowledge to enhance accessibility customers’ experience.
John Wilson is a profoundly Deaf consultant working in the field of Deaf Arts and British Sign Language. He has a wide range of experience as a Deaf arts practitioner, as a theatre and television actor, creative signer, and as director of numerous productions ranging from devised performances to BSL translations of Shakespeare.
His work as a sign poet and performer has been well received, and John has been part of several projects both in the UK and internationally to promote creative sign through the medium of BSL. He has been an occasional presenter both for the BBC’s See Hear and the Channel 4 series Sign On. From 1992 to 2005 John was Deaf Arts Officer for Shape, an organisation promoting engagement in arts and culture across the UK by disabled, deaf and older people.
John currently works as a BSL lecturer and guide for a number of high profile institutions including the Tate, Royal Academy, Science Museum and several others.