Setting the standard

Board members

Huw Vaughan Thomas (Chair)

Board members

Huw Vaughan Thomas (Chair)Huw is the Auditor General for Wales.

Before that appointment Huw was a Director of Taro Consultancy Ltd. In that role he was one of the independent consultants who wrote The Future of Registration, a report on regulating communication professionals who work with deaf and deafblind people.

He has been Chief Executive of Denbighshire County Council, Chief Executive of Gwynedd County Council, and Director for Wales for the Manpower Services Commission and Department of Employment.

His previous voluntary and public appointments include Chair of the Big Lottery Fund in Wales, a consumer representative on the Hearing Aid Council, a Member of the Commission on Powers and Electoral Arrangements of the National Assembly for Wales, a Council Member of the Prince's Trust, Cymru, a trustee of RNID, and a lay member of the Law Society's Governing Council.


Craig Crowley MBE

Craig is Chief Executive of East Midlands based incorporate charity, Action Deafness, which also oversees AD Communications and AD Books. He is currently President of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD/CISS) and former Chair of UK Deaf Sport. Craig worked as Deputy Director of RNID Care Services and was also previously Executive Director of the European Union of the Deaf. He was awarded an MBE for services to Deaf Sport at The Queen's 80th Birthday Honours in 2006.


Heather Fisken

Heather is Manager of the Independent Living in Scotland project, which is hosted by Inclusion Scotland - a Disabled People's Organisation. The project is funded by Scottish Government since 2008 to make strategic interventions which enable advancement of independent living. Heather previously worked in policy roles for the Disability Rights Commission and HM Customs & Excise.

Heather has served as a board member for RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss) and currently holds a Scottish Ministerial Advisory position on the Mobility and Access Committee. Heather has helped to both train and examine lip-speakers to CACDP standards.

Heather is a graduate of Heriot Watt University's Inclusive Accessible Design course. She is profoundly deafened and lip-reads or uses verbatim speech to text support for work and other meetings.


Michael Guthrie

Michael is Director of Policy and Standards at the Health Professions Council, with responsibility for setting policy and reviewing professional standards. His role involves liaising with stakeholders across the UK, building confidence in registration and regulation and acting as an ambassador. He has previously helped the Hearing Aid Council develop standards for those who supply hearing aids in the private sector.


Sandra Verkuyten OBE

Sandra started her career in microbiology progressing to sales management positions for Boots and National Sales Manager for AMI Healthcare. A Masters degree in Business and Public Sector Strategy and a move into the NHS as a Business manager saw her quickly appointed to the board of UCLH. In 1997 she was appointed CEO of BHB Community mental Health Trust where she successfully developed the trust and its clinical care, before leaving to join the board of Remploy. Sandra became CEO of the Hearing Aid Council in February 2005 and after successfully abolishing the organisation in 2010, decided to take some time for a 'grown-up' gap year, learning the French language and floristry. She now has a broad and developing portfolio of board positions.


Jenny White MBE

Jenny White MBEJenny is a lay member of the General Osteopathic Council, where she sits on the audit and fitness to practise policy committees and is the lead member on equality. She does freelance editing and advisory work on disability-related issues. She is a non-practising barrister with a background in industry. She has had a number of non-executive roles in the public and voluntary sectors, including the Disability Rights Commission, the Centre for Accessible Environments and the RNID.


Sarah Haynes

Sarah is a BSL/English Interpreter who has experience in a wide range of settings. She also works as an interpreter trainer and mentor. She grew up around deaf children and undertook an honours degree in Deaf Studies with Physiology. After working in various roles with the Deaf community, including work as a communication support worker, she began working as a BSL/English Interpreter in 2003.

Sarah worked at University of Bristol's Centre for Deaf Studies for over 10 years, initially as an interpreter and then as a teaching fellow responsible for teaching the interpreting stream of the BSc Deaf Studies degree programme.

Sarah has also worked as a project manager and has undertaken various voluntary roles in the sector, including the position of Chair of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters from 2010-2012. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for charity Signs of God and volunteers as Company Secretary for the BSL Bible Translation Project.


David Wolfenden

David is an experienced BSL/English interpreter, trainer, mentor and supervisor. He has a wide range of interpreting experience in the field of mental health, conference interpreting, community interpreting and public events.

He has presented papers on interpreting and interpreter practice throughout the UK and Europe. He facilitates workshops on interpreter skills development and ethical decision-making. As a qualified assessor David has an intimate knowledge of the National Occupational Standards for Interpreting.

David is a committed member of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters in the UK where he has held a seat on the board for a number of years.


Frank Harrington

Frank Harrington is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, specialising in Interpreting and Translation. He is course tutor on the MA and Postgraduate Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting and Translation, and is also a registered interpreter with 25 years experience. He is both Quality Lead and Equality and Diversity Lead for the School of Education and Social Science and has extensive experience as an E&D trainer. He is currently reading for a PhD in Canon Law, and in addition to his teaching in Deaf Studies, he also teaches Religious Studies. Outside of work, Frank is a keen musician and a published composer.


Previous NRCPD Board members

Katherine Phipps (November 2009 - July 2014)

Winifred Tumim (Chair) (March 2009 - November 2009)

Ross Trotter (November 2009 - November 2012

David Evans (March 2009 - August 2011)

Hilary Maxwell-Hyslop (March 2009 - November 2011)

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