I developed close links with the former RNID in the 1980s when I was Director of Student Services in the University of Ulster, and co-founded the Joint Universities Deaf Education Centre (JUDE) with QUB. Later I served as Chair of the N.I. Advisory Group of RNID. RNID published my research study of the school-leaving qualifications of young people with hearing loss in Northern Ireland, and my biography of Francis Maginn, the great pioneer for the rights of deaf people. I have also chaired the Boards of two third level Colleges. As a result, I have substantial experience and expertise in governance, strategic planning and the management and overview of large scale budgets.
In recent years, I have given lectures to community groups and run an information desk at Causeway Hospital for A.o.H.L. Following the recent grant award, I am assisting with volunteer recruitment.
I am married, a grandfather, 74 years old and have tinnitus in my right ear.