Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA) provides vital practical and emotional support to children, young people, and adults living in Gloucestershire who are deaf or hard of hearing.
With roots which date back to 1919, they have grown significantly in size and impact to be a charity that is innovative and leading the way for services for the people and community they serve.
As a user-led organisation, people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing are at the heart of everything that they do. All their services and support aim to reduce social isolation and enable people to live life to the fullest. They reach out to all deaf people, including people who use BSL as their first language and those who have hearing loss acquired through illness or injury.
They also recognise, embrace, and respect the needs of people from linguistic and cultural minority groups and equally offer support to people who may experience emotional loss when their hearing deteriorates or they become deafened
“From our first meeting, Philip’s approach was one of openness and collaboration. He took the time to listen and understand our circumstances and aspirations then provided thoughtful guidance on how to achieve the best possible outcome for our charity. Philip’s in-depth knowledge of the current recruitment market and his considered yet adaptable approach ensured a successful executive search that met our unique requirements.
Their expectations were rightly high. Their new Chief Executive would need to hit the ground running and quickly gain the trust of their dedicated, passionate, and high-performing team, all of whom are incredibly proud of being part of GDA and celebrating Deaf Culture.
The success of the campaign resulted in the appointment of Danielle Neale. Danielle has over 15 years of experience at Director level in the Public Sector, including working across the MoJ and NHS and has over 7 years of experience working in the Third Sector.
She has supported a range of charities and social enterprise organisations to achieve organisational growth and financial viability and to enhance partnership opportunities and she has successfully mentored several Chief Executive Officers to help them innovate and continue to grow their organisations.
To complement these strong business, financial and leadership skills, Danielle has also operated as a Non-Executive Director in both the Public and Third sectors.
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