“I have been exceptionally fortunate in being able to spend most of my working life doing what I love doing – making a difference to people’s lives. Initially this was as a community development officer working at local level, helping communities respond to challenges around them. This involved setting up new organisations as well as supporting existing ones. This led to becoming a development officer for Age Concern Scotland (now Age Scotland).During my 30 years with them I had a number of roles, ultimately Head of Policy and Public Affairs. My more gratifying achievement in that role was to campaign for and secure the Adult Support & Protection ( Scotland) Act 2007. Something which is still protecting vulnerable people across Scotland. The last 5 years of my working life were with Prostate Cancer UK, initially as Head of Scotland Operations and then Associate Director Community Services for the whole of the UK. I was drawn to that role through personal interest in the disease which affects my family. Likewise I have had a long term interest in hearing loss having suffered hearing loss initially in my 30’s. I served for three years on the Action on Hearing Loss Advisory Committee before joining Dumfries & Galloway Hard of Hearing Group a couple of years ago. I am honoured to have been elected as Chairman of this wonderful organisation and am committed to bring any knowledge and experience I have to that role.”
“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.”
Trustee from Action on Hearing Loss
“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.”