Board Members

Martin McGroarty

Martin McGroarty

Chairperson

“Hi Everyone. I have been voted as the new Chair, taking over from Dennis, at our last AGM on 22nd September. I’ve recently retired after 30+ years working in Social Work with Deaf People. For the last 20 years I’ve been the Senior Social Worker with Deaf People in Dumfries & Galloway and some of you would know me through this role. Now that I’m retired I’ll be splitting my time between D&GHoHG and FRED (Farmersfield Rest-home for Elderly Donkeys), our family-run donkey sanctuary charity. Previously my work with D&GHoHG has been behind the scenes, but I’m looking forward to being trained by Audiology to do the hands on work – though I don’t think the donkeys will need hearing aids, given the size of their ears!”

Barry Bryan-Dixon

Barry Bryan-Dixon

Volunteer Representative

“Hi, my name is Barry and I was born in London and brought up and educated in Essex. I am a married man with six children and ten Grand children. I joined the Armed Forces at 17 and served 22 years which saw service in Northern Ireland, Germany and Kenya.
After retiring from the forces I became a bus driver for 28 years, I also worked part time for 8 years with children with special needs. I have been part of the Hard of Hearing Group as a volunteer running my own drop in clinics for a number of years now and I am also a board member for the last year. I thoughly enjoy my time with the group and hope it will be long lasting.”

Vanessa Bryson

Vanessa Bryson

NHS Audiology Representative

Brian Monnier

Brian Monnier

Treasurer

“I have been involved with the group for a couple of years as a volunteer maintaining hearing aids in 3 clinics. I have recently joined the board as I believe this is a great group and I wanted to get involved with the mechanics of running such a group. I find it very satisfying on a personal level and also on a level that I am able to help support people in my local community with hearing loss.”

Adam Kelly

Adam Kelly

Action on Hearing Loss Representative

“I am the Fundraising Manager for Action on Hearing Loss Scotland and I recently joined the board of Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group in the hope that my experience in fundraising can help secure vital funds to enable this provision to go from strength to strength.  I have over 10 years’ experience in the sector and started my career in fundraising at a local charity in Greenock and now find myself as the Fundraising Manager for Scotland’s largest charity helping people confront deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose.

I am passionate about the Third sector and I am eager to promote the great work being done locally by Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group.”