My journey to becoming a Lipspeaker began back in 2012 when Lesley, Director of Lipspeaker UK, suggested to me to start to learn British Sign Language (BSL)
I am a Level 3 Lipspeaker with Level 3 British Sign Language (BSL). I provide communication support for the Deaf and hard of hearing community, whose preferred communication is lipreading with or without additional signs to support the meaning. I can work in all domains which include, Legal, Medical, Educational and Business. I have passed the vetting procedure for NPPV3. I also hold government clearance and have been approved to work within the police setting (PAIT).
I was a Police Officer for over 22 years, mainly as a Detective investigating serious and complex crime. I have a vast knowledge of the legal system. I have also worked for the Local Authority as a Housing Options Officer so have knowledge of Housing Law and homelessness. Both careers have given me valuable experience and knowledge in the Social Services domain, including safeguarding procedures and Child Protection.
My journey to becoming a Lipspeaker began back in 2012 when it was suggested to me by Lesley, Director of Lipspeaker UK, to learn some British Sign Language (BSL). I had always admired people who could sign and had additional language skills. I thought “I can do this too!” I enrolled on a BSL Level 1 course. I was successful in passing and because I loved it so much, I continued to BSL Level 2 then Level 3.
In 2017, having had feedback from members of the deaf community that I had a very clear lip-pattern and was easy to lipread, I made the decision to embark on a whole new career path and become a lipspeaker. I left the Police and became a Housing Options Officer for the Local Council, dealing with homelessness. This job enabled me the time to enrol and complete the Level 3 Lipspeaking course run by Sign for Thoughts in conjunction with Lipspeaker UK. I qualified in November 2019 and have been working full time as a lipspeaker ever since.