Here is some information on our Co-Chair Directors

Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq – Co-ChairRubbena Aurangzeb Tariq

MA (Art Psychotherapy), MA (Psychodynamics), MA (Fine Art), BA (Hons)

Deaf since birth, Rubbena grew up in Surrey in a hearing family of Pakistani origin. Rubbena has over 15 years experience of management and training in the voluntary and statutory sectors. She has developed expertise in an extensive range of fields  including disability, deafness, BME, refugees, education and mental health, and currently works as a consultant and educator on deafness, disability and inclusion. She is chair of the Deaf Ethnic Women’s Association with a particular remit for fundraising.

Rubbena graduated from St Martins College in1995 with BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting and MA Fine Art (Surrey Institute) in 1996. She is a renowned artist who has staged numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Since graduating from Goldsmiths’ College in 2005 and Tavistock in 2010 she has worked as a psychodynamic art psychotherapist with a special interest in BME children and young people with severe emotional and behavioural problems.

Graham D Hocking – Co-ChairGraham Hocking

Graham has been employed by three organisations associated with deafness over a period of 31 years.

Firstly,Breakthrough Deaf/Hearing Integration (now known as DeafPlus) from 1982-1997. With the task of developing and managing two centres based in Aldershot & Farnborough with an annual turnover rising from £45K to £100K to provide an advisory service on deaf issues to the community in Surrey and Hampshire. Raising funds to purchase two Mobile Advisory Units kitted out with environmental equipment valued at £35K each.

Ken CarterKen Carter – Director, Company Secretary and Treasurer

Throughout Ken’s 50 years involvement in teaching and learning, with a special focus in deafness and special educational needs, due mainly to having a deaf daughter, he has been very entrepreneurial and helped to set up, with other colleagues, 9 charitable companies, 5 of which have focused on the integration and inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing people worldwide namely-Breakthrough (deaf/hearing) Integration Trust (now DeafPlus), FYD (Friends for Young Deaf People), Deafax, AVERIL and Decibels.