Meet the Team
Staff & Volunteers
Deaf Unity wouldn’t be able to get moving without its dedicated staff – “Team Unity”.
Our staff and volunteers drive Deaf Unity forwards each day, supporting the deaf communities around the world. Each has a valuable role to play and we are always looking for new people to join our growing international team. Contact us to discuss how you can be part of “Team Unity”
Abdi Gas – CEO and Founder
A graduate of University College London and the London South Bank University, Abdi’s background originated in computers and all things technical. After completing his MSc, Abdi spent some time working in the disability rights arena, and this is where he found his passion.
As a deaf young man, from a BME background, Abdi has met with various challenges in his educational, personal and employment journeys. Each time a challenge has been met, Abdi has found a way to not only overcome the challenge, but change perceptions and forge working relationships for the benefit of others. He has made this idea of discussion and partnership a cornerstone of his career.
Forming part of the RADAR (now Disability Rights UK) team since 2010, Abdi has been an integral part of pioneering work for this organisation, delivering successful programmes to the BME and Youth sectors.
Taking this desire to inspire and empower others, Abdi has volunteered much time to working with organisations to improve awareness and dialogue. He has sat on the Board of Royal Association for the Deaf, acts as an advisor on disability issues to the Football Association, and is a member of the Metropolitan Police Disability Advisory group. Along with this, he was appointed a London Leader by the Mayor of London’s London Leader programme and has since been invited to act as a disability advisor to this project. Abdi also had the great privilege of being a torch-bearer for the Paralympics, 2012.
Alasdair Grant – Deaf Alumni Project Manager
Alasdair Grant is a Civil Servant, of 11 years managerial experience, in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. His professional and academic background is mostly in Conservation Ecology and Spatial Planning with some experience in Information Technology and Deaf Studies.
His voluntary work has lead him to be involved in a number of deaf community related projects in partnership with the Avon Deaf Children’s Society, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People on employment and personal development issues. His civil service experience has given him an insight into the inner workings of government and he has been involved in a four year Into-Leadership Development Programme with his Department.
At present he is working with a range of organisations to improve the employment prospects of the deaf community, and is the founder of a potential deaf management training business, Deaf Smart Management, which is currently in conception. Alasdair hopes to become a professional Learning and Development trainer for the deaf community in the near future. He is also a member of his local neighbourhood planning group and the Avon Bat Group with an interest in chasing bats!
Tamara Marshall – Editor
An accredited journalist specialising in SEO content creation, Tamara has a natural talent for the written word. She is dedicated to supporting charitable efforts in her spare time, and strongly believes in helping to make a difference within the deaf and hard of hearing community. As a hard of hearing individual herself, she fully understands the needs and concerns of deaf and HOH youngsters when it comes to pursuing their career goals. Tamara is a keen swimmer, with a love for reading, shopping, and Lindt chocolate! Follow her on Twitter.
Corina Bodea – Interaction Designer
Corina is an Interaction designer with over 10 years of experience. She works as a freelancer in digital space and has worked on projects in diverse settings from education to financial services, helping them define the interaction design, information architecture, and/or the visual design. She is a firm believer in the power of design thinking as a process for problem-solving in order to improve the user experience across devices and for the users specific context. She has been involved with Deaf Unity since its inception, helping them with their visual and design concepts.
Susanne is the founding director of iDID Adventure CIC, a leading provider of inclusive sports opportunities for deaf and disabled individuals. Working on both a national and grassroots level, Susanne has worked tirelessly to advocate inclusive adventure sports.
As a consultant to the Common Purpose Frontrunner course, Susanne actively promotes leadership skills to disabled individuals and brings experience in enterprising, market strategy, events management and disability awareness. Susanne is passionate about empowering deaf people and campaigning for equality. She has a rich background in the leisure industry and has worked on many projects to advocate leadership and accessibility, including; founding the University of Reading Sign Language Society, providing accessible theatre opportunities for deaf children in the west end and developing the Deaf Travelers Network.
Jane has worked as a teacher, diplomat, editor and social enterprise manager. She was the UK’s first senior deaf diplomat to undertake a foreign posting – to Poland 2006-10 as Head of the Embassy’s Political-Military team. Jane holds degrees from St John’s College, Cambridge and an MEd from the Open University. She has worked as a coach specialising in disabled and deaf clients since 2009. She has also had a case study and academic paper published about the impact of mentoring and coaching on this group.
In 2012 Jane set up Getting Equal, a social enterprise supporting increased equality. Jane’s passion is better use of deaf and disabled people’s talents in mainstream work. Earlier in her career Jane worked as an orchestral musician; music remains a hobby along with sport and the arts.
Jane is Chair of DaDa Fest, the Liverpool-based Deaf and Disabled Arts charity. She is also a Trustee of Disability Rights UK and Manchester Deaf Centre.