I have joined the GSU Board of Trustees after returning from travelling across South America for 8 months. I was Deputy Director for Children, Young People and Partnership Services at the National Deaf Children's Society for 11yrs prior to that. I did my PhD at the University of Sheffield, having done my undergraduate in Psychology at Goldsmith's College, London. I did not really have much involvement with the Students' Union at both universities because of tiresome barriers around communication; I am deaf and use sign language. I have several experiences in the field of user involvement and marginalised groups. I have a keen eye for interpreting data and am keen to always make sure that people have their expectations managed. I have been a trustee of three charities; SignHealth, British Deaf Association and Royal Association of the Deaf. I am keen to see what I can bring to GSU from my lived experiences and qualifications.