Bryan Whalley

Bryan Whalley

Chair of Trustees

Deaf since birth and twin brother of Kevin.  Teacher of the Deaf for twenty plus years and passion in many sports especially tennis and golf.  Enjoys woodworking, carving bespoken rocking horses and walking in his spare time.  Lives in Milton Keynes with wife Sue who is also deaf and two hearing sons. Attends Hand in Hand Deaf Church in Ruislip, London and also interpreting service in Milton Keynes.

Recently returned from his first trip to school in Fiji, he would like to see EMDP making a difference for young deaf people living in the pacific by raising funding to support the development in education provision, teachers of the deaf training, residential buildings, sign language, promoting equality and employment.

Matthew Adedeji

Matthew Adedeji

Secretary

I live and work in London. I want to help deaf children and young people in Fiji and other pacific islands to have equal access to education, employment, communication and have equal rights in the society where they live.

As well as my work with EMDP, I am involved in other charity and community work both in the UK and abroad.

Kevin Whalley

Kevin Whalley

Treasurer

I like to see all Deaf people in Fiji to enjoy the same what we take for granted here in England.  This is socially, education, sports and so on.

I run a small tax and accounts practice near London.  I am married with three grown up children.  My hobbies are golf, football and other sports.  I am also a President of England Deaf Golf.  I attend Ruislip Baptist Church.


Casper Dyne

Casper Dyne

Trustee

I was born in South London and still live there. My current profession is Deaf Instructor for London Borough of Sutton, also work as Teacher Assistant in two mainstream schools with deaf children at the age from 3 to 16 year old.

I am Catholic but interact fully with member of Evangelist group as we share common beliefs of our Lord Jesus Christ. My aim is to support Fijian deaf children to fulfil their education, career and life-skills within their community.

I have been doing several charity works in mostly in UK, Gambia, and Fiji and will continue do my duties for the deaf children whenever they need.

Katie Dyne

Katie Dyne

Trustee

I am the mother of two grown up children and I work and live in London. I have always had an interest in offering support to Deaf children and young people, hence my decision to join and work with EMDP. I want to see deaf children in Fiji and the Pacific islands have access to education and social activities to achieve their potential. I have had experience working with charities in the past. The trustees of EMDP, and myself as a trustee with your support can make a difference.

Kathy Whalley

Kathy Whalley

Trustee

Hello! I am Kathy and I am one of the EMDP Trustees. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and emigrated to the UK over 30 years ago. My career have always been about education and social care when I worked at deaf school, and then support worker, caring for my clients. Promoting the quality of education and wellbeing has always been my priority. Naturally as a Kiwi Lady, working for an organisation focusing on the Pacific Islands has brought me closer to home. Along with our trustees, volunteers and supporters, we are determined to improve the quality of life for deaf people living in the Pacific Islands.


Marie Webb-Stevens

Marie Webb-Stevens

Trustee

Hi!  I am Marie.  I live and work in London with my family and am passionate about the work of EMDP.  I believe that all children have the right to have an education and the work we do at EMDP raises awareness and funds for the school in Fiji.   These funds ensure that the Deaf children and young people can have access to an education, as well as learn social skills and lots more. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. I currently work as a Sign Language Interpreter, love reading and am on several teams at my church.

Ashley Kendall

Ashley Kendall

Trustee

I was born in Chester, raised in Yorkshire, educated in Derby and live in London! I have been based in London since 2012. I work for SignVideo, a leading Video Relay Service provider in the UK offering access to BSL interpreters remotely.

I’ve been involved with several charities over the years – locally, nationally and internationally. Most notably would be with the British Deaf Association, where I served on the Board of Trustees for 8 years, and for the European Union of the Deaf Youth, where I sat on several committees. I have always been passionate about giving up my time for the Deaf community to strive for a better life for all.

My favourite past time is travelling and I have visited over 50 countries to date. It was during one of my travels that I discovered the Fijian Deaf Community (visiting in August 2011 and March 2017). Since making connections with them, and seeing how they live, I made a vow that I would work tirelessly to fight for equality and a better life for the Deaf Community living in the South Pacific and here I am!

Hannah Whalley

Hannah Whalley

Trustee

Hi everyone. A little something about myself; I am the daughter of Kathy and Kevin. I was born and raised in London. I am a registered Mental Health Nurse and work in a national Deaf mental health service based in South East London. I work with deaf people who have poor mental health. (or mental health issues?)

Having been to Fiji twice to do volunteer work with Deaf children in Gospel School, they hold a special place in my heart. My experience and time in Fiji was an eye-opener and since then I have always encouraged Deaf people from the UK to visit and volunteer for Gospel School!

My partner Ashley and I joined Deaf Pacific charity because we feel are so fortunate to have what we have here in the UK and we want to see positive changes to Deaf children’s life in Fiji. If we can be even a small part of the change to improve Deaf children’s quality of life and education then GREAT!