meet the team
Chris accumulated 16 years of Retail, Management, Customer Service and Project Management experiences and qualifications upon joining Zebra Access in 2014 to oversee all project developments.
Deirdre has been working for Zebra Access since 2017 in various roles. Deirdre grew up in the Deaf community and passionately believe in a person-centric approach with advocating and empowering which mean enabling a platform for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing people to share their voices.
Trent was born into the Deaf community in Australia and moulded into the rich vast experience of the Deaf community, frequently moving between two countries. England and Australia, Trent has incredible passion and is very driven to demolish barriers that linger in the Deaf community. He have 7 years of experience in Advising/advocating for a better future in the Deaf community.
Dawn joined Zebra Access team in October 2019 as a qualified British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Awareness Tutor and has over 20 years of BSL and Deaf Awareness teaching experience. She has teaching qualifications including BSL Level 6, City and Guilds 7307 in Teaching and a Level 3 NVQ Teaching Assistant.
Bob was previously our Head of Employment services and, with his team, delivered a high class level of employability support for Deaf customers across the Black Country and over achieving all contractual targets. Bob has returned to Zebra Access to utilise his contract and fundraising strategy skills in this part-time role which we are confident will be every bit as successful as his previous roles.
Ella has recently obtained a First-Class degree studying Psychology with Counselling at University. Ella has a wealth of experience as a volunteer within the Deaf community, some of the highlights include being the senior leader on residential trips for five years and chairing for the Deaf and Hard of hearing Forum at the University.From these experiences Ella has been involved in many training sessions and gained qualifications, which she believes has given her a better understanding regarding the concept of the ‘Duty of care’ within real life situations. Especially with recent events, Ella feels that she able to understand and empathise the struggles Deaf individuals face daily, as they are her struggles too. This has pushed Ella to act on her passion to improve mental health and wellbeing of the Deaf community by using knowledge gained from her studies in Counselling Psychology and voluntary experiences
Jo has been working in social media exclusively since 2018, honing her skills during an Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs placement in Berlin and then as C.E.O. of Seeing Social. A hearing aid user since the age of 9, she has an understanding of what the deaf community needs to communicate.
Soairse is a child of a deaf adults' (CODA) and has recently joined Zebra Access as a Wellbeing Apprentice, by having the experience of being an insider, yet outsider in both the deaf and hearing community, she hopes to build a career to become a bridge between two. Soairse is currently completing her Level 1 BSL qualification and is excited to gain new experiences and skills to advocate and help support Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing members of our local community.
Lucy has recently joined Zebra Access as a Business Admin Apprentice. She has previous experience working in retail and is looking forward to gaining new skills and experience with Zebra Access. Lucy is very interested in working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and is currently undertaking the BSL Level 1 qualification.
Zebra Access CIO provides services and support to Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing people with thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund. Services includes Employment Services, English/Maths tutorials, Advocacy, Community Development, BSL/Deaf Awareness, drop-in sessions dealing with a range of queries, complaints, form filling, and many more. Zebra Access staff and volunteers have the right to work in a safe and abuse free environment. The organisation will not tolerate any kind of abuse against its staff, volunteers or property.find out More