Meet the team

Meet our Senior Management Team, who lead and support Deaf Action. They lead our strategic development, and implementation, ensuring we improve the quality and conditions of life for deaf people.

Philip Gerrard
Chief Executive Officer

Philip has been CEO since September 2017 and leads on strategic planning, ensuring that systems and procedures meet regulatory standards, and creating and implementing the charity’s vision. Philip has a proven track record as CEO and decades of experience as a leader in the deaf sector. He has donated his time to several voluntary roles with other deaf-related organisations. As a deaf person himself, his unique perspective of deafness with both personal and professional insight enables him to lead Deaf Action from a position of lived experience.

Liz Jones
Deputy CEO

Liz joined Deaf Action as Deputy CEO in 2021, as a result of the merger with [sonus], of which she was CEO. In addition to working alongside Philip on the longer-term strategies and vision of Deaf Action, Liz will also lead the service teams. Her background and wealth of experience in social and residential care, training and interpreting, together with her previous governance roles within the deaf charity sector will stand her in good stead for this.

Gordon Hay
Head of Resources

Gordon has been part of the Deaf Action leadership team since March 2019. He is an experienced deaf professional with over a decade of senior management experience. He also serves as Director of several deaf and disabled related organisations led and run by volunteers, offering his in-depth knowledge on governance. He has a passion for sport and is actively involved with UK Deaf Sport; Scottish ParaFootball and is the current President of the Scottish Deaf Football Association. Previously he worked at the Scottish Government overseeing the BSL National Plan.

Jane Scobie
Head of People

Jane joined Deaf Action in August 2019. She is an MCIPD qualified HR professional with a wealth of experience working with several leading retail and media brands, such as Marks and Spencer, Virgin Media and Sky, and latterly as a consultant working with a broad range of organisations. She leads on the development and implementation of People Strategies that will not only encourage a culture where people can develop, be creative and innovative but also have fun and enjoy being at work.

Siobhan Sullivan
Head of Development

Siobhan joined Deaf Action in May 2020, with a focus on bid writing. With over 5 years’ experience in the third sector, she now leads the Fundraising team and is responsible for overseeing the generation of income to support the delivery and growth of our services. Siobhan also has oversight over the Marketing team who provide wide ranging support to help Deaf Action engage with new clients, supporters and partners. Siobhan is currently working towards her BSL Level 2 certificate.