Board of Trustees
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.
- Interim Chair -
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.
Chris has many years’ experience in the media and broadcast service industry. Until 2016, he was Managing Director of Deluxe Media Europe, leading and consolidating 7 businesses into a single operating structure. Prior to that, he led ITFC, a major media service supplier, until its acquisition by Deluxe in 2010, and then oversaw the sale of ITFC from ITV in 2007 and again in 2010 to Deluxe. Chris has managed and negotiated contracts and relationships with major broadcasters, film studios and producers or media services on a number of occasions and oversaw the business transform from tape to digital supply as well as the launch of access services - subtitling, audio description and signing - to serve major global broadcasters.
Since leaving Deluxe, he has provided consulting, advisory and non-executive services to the media industry and has launched a travel consultancy business.
Claire hails from Surrey and, as a Deaf Advisory Teacher of the Deaf, has the privilege of working with deaf children and teenagers to get the best access possible in school for them.
Previously, Claire worked for FYD, a registered charity, taught English in a secondary school for the Deaf and ran literacy workshops for Deaf adults in partnership with RAD and other voluntary organisations.
She enjoys walking, photography, dressmaking, the theatre and watching programmes on BSL Zone. She does the odd BSL tour in museums and galleries and is excited to join the BSLBT Board of Trustees. Claire would love to see the younger generation enthused by BSL programmes.
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.
Briony is Policy and Public Affairs Manager in the Corporate Affairs team at Channel 4. She has a particular focus on improving diversity and inclusion at the Channel and in the wider broadcasting sector, both on and off screen.
Before joining Channel 4, Briony spent over 5 years working in the UK Parliament, covering a range of policy areas including health, justice, employment and pensions and also spent time working for the Labour Party during the EU referendum campaign.
Prior to working in Parliament, Briony worked in campaigns and communications at the charity Grandparents Plus.
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.
Live stream 15: 1st April 2020 (Coronavirus, children and education)
Fifi Garfield, Lesley Reeves Costi and Martine Monksfield discuss the impact of coronavirus on children and their education, along with their parents.
The Muddy Boot Room Series 1: Episode 7
All the latest goings-on in Deaf football, with Joseph Sheridan, reporters and guests!
Live stream 14: 27th March 2020 (Coronavirus: Work, benefits and the legal position)
Fifi Garfield, Rob Wilks and Damaris Cooke discuss how Coronavirus has had an impact on things like work and benefits.