Alan D Murray MBE
Honorary Vice President & Ambassador
Alan’s history with Deaf Aspirations goes right back to our roots as joint founder in 2011, along with Ken Carter, and former Chair (2011-2015). He was born Deaf and is a native British Sign Language (BSL) user. He started his career in law for a firm of solicitors in Gray’s Inn, later becoming a management accountant in a large multinational oil company but he decided to embark on a new career in Further and Community Education. He was employed in mainstream tertiary education management as Head of a BSL Unit then promoted to Head of Service for Additional Learning/Disability Support and became the lead-disability coordinator for four campuses in West London. His last employment before retirement was CEO of a local user-led disability organisation.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a foundation Chartered Manager also a Fellow of Institute of Financial Accountants
A qualified teacher in Further Education and a British Sign Language Teacher, Assessor, Internal and External Quality Assurer, Alan is now a freelance consultant in education management and British Sign Language teaching and assessment. He is also a qualified Sign Language Translator, registered with the NRCPD.
Alan has a strong passion for equality campaigning as we are people first and foremost. He has been involved with organisational governance through a variety of posts on charitable boards over the last 30 years. He is currently a Governor of Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children and lead governor on equality. He is a Hon Treasurer and a Board Member of both Inclusion London and deafPlus. In addition, he is a co-Chair of London Metropolitan Police Disability Independent Advisory Board. Previous Board posts include 16 years with the British Deaf Association, including holding the post of Vice-Chair for the last three years, and Chair of many organisations including deafPlus, Ealing Deaf Image, Institute of British Sign Language and Greater London Deaf Association.
He has held Board memberships for the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, Healthwatch Ealing, Shape Arts, London Disability Arts Forum, Ealing Disability Access Forum, United Kingdom Council on Deafness, Council for Hearing Impaired Visits and Exchange, and as governor of Castlebar School (SEN) in Ealing. In addition, he was a lay member of Ealing Safer Neighbourhood Board.
His favourite volunteering role was as a Games Maker for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics at Horse Guards Parade. Passionate about the arts and a strong believer in access for all, Alan is also an Arts/Museum Guide and regularly delivers talks in BSL at the British Museum, Foundling Museum, Museum of London, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Old Royal Naval College, Tate Britain and Wallace Collection.
Alan wants to unlock Deaf people’s potential for employability, entrepreneurship and to share his belief that Deaf people can succeed in their chosen field. He was awarded an MBE for his services to deaf and disabled people and received the British Deaf Association Medal of Honour.
Hamish Rosie was born in 1940 in the Orkney Isles. At ten months old, a severe bout of meningitis left him profoundly deaf. In 1944 he became a boarder at the Aberdeen School for the Deaf and his artistic talent was discovered at the age of nine by a well-known Orcadian artist and HM Painter and Limner in Scotland, Stanley Curister. Under his influence, the Aberdeen Education Authorities were approached to allow Hamish to study at Aberdeen Grammar School. His art tutor was another reputable Scottish artist who greatly influenced Hamish. A scholarship to Burwood Park Technical School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey followed and from there, he gained a place to Kingston-on-Thames School of Art (Kingston University) and later graduated in 1960 as an exhibition and graphic designer and an artist.
Hamish took up his first post as an assistant designer with a reputable London advertising agency and later joined Greater London Council as a senior designer. He also taught part time in typography and graphic design at Croydon College of Art and Design and ran several art projects and classes.
In 1990 Hamish retired from GLC, which gave him more time to develop his artistic talents. He continued teaching and providing art projects for children and owned a small design consultancy. From his many one-man exhibitions in Orkney, London, Surrey and Newhaven, he now has many private collectors from as far afield as USA, Canada, Iran, New Zealand and Europe.
Hamish and Morag have one deaf and one hearing children. When they were young, we felt we had do something different to change our everyday environment. We joined a deaf and hearing integration group, Breakthrough. We appreciated them for giving us some confidence to improve our communication skills with hearing people and the children benefited immensely. At the same time, Morag was given a role to run Friends for Young Deaf People of which Hamish was very much involved. Hamish loves sport but he devotes his time to his ROSIE family history research. Through the research, he found many surprises and formed new contacts worldwide! Hamish’s biography book ‘My Island’ by his close friend Maggie Gordon was published in 1999. He self published a book ‘My Passion’ about his watercolour and oil paintings.
Hamish and Morag run their utilities and telecommunications consultancy, Utility Warehouse Discount Club.
As a Joint Honorary Vice President, Hamish is looking forward to cooperating with Deaf Aspirations and their future developments”.
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