About

Kirsty Swan

About East Coast Lipspeaking

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.

NRCPD Registered and Qualified level 3 Lipspeaker

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Signature Level 2 BSL

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Lipspeaker UK

Association of Lipspeakers using Additional Sign

ALAS Committee Member

Visual Language Professionals

My History

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.

Kirsty Swan

My Career and Achievements

1996
Joined Hampshire Police
1996
2004
Chief Constables Congratulations
Received Chief Constables Congratulations for Operation Balderstone – Large drugs distribution investigation
2004
2006
Qualified as Detective Constable
Chief Superintendent Operational Commanders Unit Congratulations for Good Work
2006
2008
Transferred to Western Australian Police
2008
2009
Obtained a National Training Qualification in Western Australian
2009
2012
Joined Essex Police
2012
2013
Obtained BSL Level 1
2013
2013
Letter of thanks from Detective Chief Inspector
Received letter of thanks from Detective Chief Inspector for commitment & investigation skills into a Burglary offence and securing the conviction against 3 burglary offenders.
2013
2014
Obtained BSL Level 2
2014
2016
Letter of Appreciation for Good Work
Chief Superintendents letter of Appreciation for good work and diligence
2016
2017
Chief Constables letter of appreciation
Chief Constables letter of appreciation for being a Tutor Detective Constable for Trainee Detectives.

Chief Constables Certificate of Merit for a burglary investigation
2017
2017
TV appearance on BBC Caught Red Handed
I featured on the popular BBC TV show Caught Red Handed following my successful investigation into two prolific burglars who committed over 60 burglaries in a six week period across eight different Police Force areas. They both received prison sentences of 5 years.
2017
2018
Joined Braintree District Council
Became a Housing Options Officer for Braintree Council investigating homelessness and assisting people who were homeless or threatened with becoming homeless.
2018
2019
Obtained Level 3 Lipspeaking
Left Braintree Council to work full time as a Lipspeaker.
2019
2020
Became Volunteer for Hearing Help Essex
2020
2021
Founded East Coast Lipspeaking
2021

An article I did for the National Deaf Childrens Society magazine

National Deaf Childrens Society magazine
NRCPD

Qualifications and proof of registration