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BDA announces creation of new post: Director of Community Development and Operations

15 November 2014

Over the past three years, the BDA has greatly raised its profile in the political arena, with its work around BSL legal status and Access to Work campaigns. This has been expertly driven by BDA’s CEO, David Buxton.

At the same time, our community services have trebled. Projects such as Deaf Film Heritage, Deaf Roots and Pride, along with the BSL Charter campaigns, have empowered the local Deaf community to work with authorities in gaining better access and quality of services.

In support of these developments, the BDA Board commissioned a Deaf Perspective report that outlined Deaf communities priorities, and recommended ways in which the BDA needs to best address the changes, challenges, and diversity within the Deaf community.

Politics was high on the agenda, along with the BSL legal status recognition campaign. However, there was also an identified need to develop and grow critical services within the community, such as raising health awareness and promoting a better balance of social engagement, particularly as the BDA celebrates its historic 125-year anniversary next year.

In support of these key recommendations, the BDA Board has decided to implement new changes within the BDA organisational structure and will change the CEO post.

With the need for a dynamic and experienced leader to drive forward key campaigns, such as the BSL Legal status within the next parliamentary term, David Buxton will become Director of Campaigns and Communication.

This will enable him to focus his skills in this core and growing area, drawing on his unique political, campaigning and communications network.

The BDA will now advertise for a new Director of Community Development and Operations, who will oversee the new and exciting phase of further developing BDA’s services and projects within the Deaf community in the UK.

The BDA aims to implement this new innovative structure in late December or January 2015.

Dr Terry Riley OBE
Chair, British Deaf Association