New Year, New CEO
The trustees of the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in Bristol (CfD) are pleased to announce that we have appointed Justin Smith, who is Deaf and a British Sign Language user, as our new CEO.
Justin comes from a Bristol family with a history of deafness that goes back many generations. He was born and raised in Bristol. Justin then moved to work for the British Deaf Association as well as traveling even further – to Cambodia to work with young Deaf people.
Justin will take up his new post on Feb 1st 2022. CfD is excited about Justin using his wide experience to lead the charity into the future. We currently provide equipment for Deaf and hard of hearing people to live independently and are working on various projects to develop new services to improve access for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Bristol.
Faye Stewart, one of the CfD trustees, said “With incredibly strong candidates applying for the position, it was a tough decision to make. We are thrilled to welcome Justin to CfD and look forward to benefiting from his insights and leadership as we continue to serve for the Deaf and Hard of hearing people throughout Bristol”
Andrea Le Brun – Equipment Service ManagerI’m Andrea and I joined CfD in August 2020.
Piers Kittel – Technical OfficerI'm Piers. I work for the equipment service and most of the time I go out and meet clients but I also run the team behind the scenes. I used to work as a postman and manager at Royal Mail and also ran a bed and breakfast with my wife. I love meeting clients and improving their quality of life and giving back their freedom.
Steve Mullins – Technical Officer and AdministratorI’m Steve and go out and visit clients to support them with their equipment. I also work as an administrator for the equipment service. I look after stock control for items of equipment such as doorbells and phone ringing aids. My role is to make sure that the correct level of stock is maintained to be able to meet demand while keeping the costs of holding stock to a minimum. Previously I worked as an IT developer in the banking and insurance industry for nearly 30 years.