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 2 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 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.
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 the following year, and again was successful in passing. I am now looking to attain BSL Level 3 and hope to be fully qualified at this level soon.
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.