Meet the Team
Henrietta was the manager of a multi-agency youth offending team (YOT). Her passion lies in working with and advocating for, families and children who may be isolated by and discriminated through disability or disadvantage.
As YOT Manager she obtained funding for specialist Speech and Language Therapy input, a successful innovation which was taken up UK-wide.
Working closely with the speech, language and communication consultant has provided Henrietta with additional skills and understanding around the complexity of communication and language and its impact on educational outcomes and behaviour, she has also had direct experience of working with Deaf Young people. She strongly believes that every child has the right to access language and should be given the very best opportunity to achieve their maximum potential and be able to provide a positive contribution.
Cate Calder - Training Lead
Cate is the Training Lead for Deaf Choices UK and has worked for the charity since 2005. She teaches foundation, intermediate and advanced cueing skills and administers the exams. She also trains and supports the other cue tutors.
She has previously worked as a Sign Language Interpreter within education and community settings. She developed a love for Cued Speech when she was asked to train as a transliterator (cueing interpreter) for a deaf student back in 1995. She was deeply impressed by how skillfully and easily this profoundly Deaf student used the English language, in stark contrast to her clients who only used signing. This student had been cued to from an early age and was living proof that having visual access to the language of the home can enable a deaf child to fully internalize a spoken language and use it as fluently as anyone with ‘normal’ hearing.
Since discovering that cueing can make spoken languages entirely visible and as easy to perceive as a signed language, Cate has been fully committed to raising awareness about this simple lip-reading tool, she also specialises in using it to teach literacy skills.
Louise Creed - Business Manager
Louise joined the charity in November 2008. Louise has a background mainly focused in the hospitality, health and fitness industry, taking on many different roles and responsibilities. She switched her attention to the IT world back in 1999 and has since spent many happy hours and days trying to make networks and software work! After having her daughter and moving back to Dartmouth she can now be found in the Deaf Choices office or walking her dog Blaze who is a very good boy. Click here to contact Louise.
Debbie Hawke - Senior Administrator
Debbie has worked for the charity for over 15 years having previoulsy experienced a varied career from arranging mortgages to hospitality as well as first hand experience of supporting children with a range of special needs in a local school. Debbies role still remains varied encompassing a wide range of administration supporting the charity.
Kathy Kenny - Lead Choices Advisor
Kathy has been involved as a parent and a tutor with DCUK for 15 years. She and Wayne have 3 daughters and their middle daughter Megan is profoundly deaf. Megan has benefited in so many ways from Cued Speech that Kathy is always keen to show parents how CS can help their deaf child. Kathy’s background is in teaching and music. Kathy has been a Regional Family Advisor for DCUK since 2017 and now heads a small team of RFAs across the UK. She enjoys the variety of working for CS and working with a mix of parents, families and also with professionals in schools to gain the best outcomes for deaf children.
Mark Murton - Fundraising and Administrative Assistant
Mark Murton joined the Deaf Choices UK team in April 2019 as our administrative assistant. Mark has a background in both the charity and public sector and has spent many years working with people that are homeless or insecurely housed. He fulfilled a dream by recently moving to Devon from London to spend even more time walking the South West Coast Path. Mark, who works part-time at our office in Totnes, says he is very excited to return to the charity sector and to be supporting such a good cause.
Carly Simpson - Choices Adviser
Having first experienced Cued Speech at primary school, Carly developed a lifelong understanding and love of Cueing. During her time at university, Carly used Cued Speech as the subject of a short film that she produced to promote a better understanding and engage a wider audience. She then followed this up by publishing a book called Me to You – Let’s Cue, a first words book aimed at young children. This was a personal endeavour, as Carly wanted to open up the pathways to Cued Speech and to showcase the benefits that Cueing can bring.
The determination to make a difference has seen Carly offering BSL support for events held by local organisations and she is currently working as a Deaf Inclusion Worker in a local school. Bringing together BSL and Cued Speech, Carly aims to inspire and educate children and adults alike. Based in the North East, Carly is excited to begin her new role as Family Support Practitioner so that many others can utilise Cued Speech in a fun, friendly and inclusive way.
Sagira Jetha- Choices Adviser
Sagira Jetha joined the Deaf Choices team in March 2019 as a family support practitioner, working directly with families in Hertfordshire. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having previously worked as a Senior Family Support Practitioner in a local authority setting and she has over 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable children and families.
Sagira has a NNEB qualification in Nursery Nursing and is trained to deliver various parenting programmes. She is also experienced in running support groups for parents. She has a great passion for working with children and is excited to be part of the Deaf Choices UK team. Sagira is working towards becoming a qualified user of Cued Speech, while providing excellent support for families with deaf children.