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.
Since November, 2015, I have been the chair of CRAICNI, a training agency which runs courses on cultural awareness. All the trainers are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Because of our network of contacts, we are liaising with the team running the HTIAC project in Northern Ireland.
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.