We are a team of deaf and hearing people working together to improve the future for deaf people. We do this by running training programs, campaigning for changes in the law, and bringing together people who want to see deaf people in charge of their own lives.
DeafLondon is a not-for-profit organisation.
Tom is a reformed punk who has over a decade of experience of creating change in legislation, equality and disability issues. He is regularly asked to appear in the media, having been interviewed for See Hear, The Guardian newspaper and CNN. As a parent of two, Tom has a passion for education and is a strong advocate for improving the education of deaf children.
A little known fact about Tom: Tom once spent a summer building houses in Germany.
Dee’s background is in communications in the Civil Service where she worked for 13 years. She finally realised what she wanted to do when she ‘grew up’ in her mid-30s and switched to a career as a communication support worker in the deaf world, where she’s been ever since and loves it!
If you could be someone else who would it be? Lauren Child who wrote the Charlie and Lola books!
Rebecca joins us from 12 years in the media industry. As a former head of Access and Translation divisions she brings a wealth of experience in fighting for the access rights of deaf people, and a very specific knowledge of the broadcast Access Service industry.
If you could be a superhero who would you be? I have always thought that Batman was pretty cool!
Paula Garfield is the co-founder and artistic director of Deafinitely Theatre, Britain’s leading professional deaf theatre company. Deafinitely Theatre performs in the West End, Shakespeare’s Globe, and tours nationally. The team also runs youth training, actor training, and writer training programmes for deaf people.
If you could wake up anywhere tomorrow, where would it be? Italy (the family are optional!)
Richard’s background is in the creative industry, teaching and community campaigning. He’s passionate about Deaf people achieving their potential and enjoys writing about London’s diverse communities. In his leisure time, he creates and performs music to be felt rather than heard.
A little known fact about Richard He once worked in Birds Eye pea factory!