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!”

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.”

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.”