Board of Directors

Tim Hastings (Chair)

Tim has been involved with NDS since the early 1980s when he took a Level 1 Sign Language course in his spare time. He joined the Management Committee in 1989 and has been Chair since 1996.

Tim is a Solicitor and Chief Executive of Nelsons Solicitors, which he co-founded in start 1983. Since then Nelsons has become one of the largest and most respected law firms in the region.

As well as his legal qualifications, Tim holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University Business School.

Anne Darby

Anne comes from a deaf family. She qualified as a social worker with the deaf and hearing impaired at Moray House, Edinburgh when multi-channel signs were discovered during their research into BSL.

She later worked at The Open University on ‘Issues in Deafness’ and co-edited the book ‘Deaf Identities’. She continues to teach social work and provide academic support to deaf students, and she is a user of NSLIS.

She was formerly the treasurer of ‘Signs of Russia’ and the secretary of the Federation of Deaf People (Nottingham). She is currently Secretary of the Jane Beech Trust and Chairs the City of Nottingham’s Deaf Focus and Disability Involvement Groups. Anne is passionate about deaf people’s rights to equal and high quality services and their choices to use mainstream or specialist services. She joined the NDS Board in 1999.

Lindsey Harrison-Grimes

Lindsey is an HR professional with more than 15 years experience. She is the Director of HR for Nelsons Solicitors and sits on the Senior Management Team, which allows her to get involved in delivering strategic HR objectives and assist in organisational development.

She is a graduate and Chartered Member of the CIP, having attained her post graduate diploma in Human Resources Management, and is now studying for her post graduate certificate in personal and business coaching to compliment the people development side of her role.

Lindsey became a Board Member in 2014 is very motivated by this cause, the potential that the NDS has to change lives and what it already brings to the community.

Les Townend (MBE)

Les was born with hearing but became deaf at the age of 11 months after contracting Meningitis. He hasn’t allowed his deafness to hold him back and has received multiple awards, most noticeably the MBE he received for his time and work at a mental health hospital.

Before joining the Board in 2014, Les volunteered at NDS as a Bar Manager and Treasurer. His experience as Director for the British Deaf Sports Council and continued Presidency of the England Deaf Cricket Board has proved invaluable in his role.

Les has campaigned strongly for the wellbeing and equal rights of Deaf people, he has also been involved in the Deaf Wellbeing Group and actively supported public services across the East Midlands in signing the BDA BSL Charter. He has also worked as a welder, set up his own business and spent many years in education teaching deaf awareness training and BSL and as a teaching assistant at Derby school for the deaf. He completed his career working as a Communication Support Worker at a mental health hospital.

Natalie Sellears

Natalie joined the Board in 2015. She brings with her considerable understanding and experience of a broad range of public sector services. This was gained whilst employed by Nottingham City Council in a variety of roles from front line service delivery through to senior management. Skilled in partnership development, service modernisation and change management, she is looking forward to helping and supporting all involved with NDS to ensure the organisation has a sustainable future and continues to meet the needs of the deaf community.

All of our Board Members are volunteers and generously give their time and expertise for free. We rely on volunteers in all sorts of roles to be able provide our services and help as many deaf people as possible.

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