Meet the team

Incus Team

Brian Cadwallader

Incus Training Manager

About Brian

My association with DSN spans over 25 years. During this time, I have experienced many roles and have supported people with a sensory loss across all of our geographical areas. My role within our team is to manage the training arm of Incus and to meet the demand made on us. To develop and enjoin training across the broad spectrum of Incus, whilst working closely with our research team.

Dr. Jenna Littlejohn

Head of Research, Health & Incus Partnerships

About Jenna

With a background in neuroscience, I joined DSN in 2014 and working with the D/deaf community really helped spark a passion for auditory neuroscience and hearing research. I work as a research fellow at the University of Manchester and here, my role within the incus team is twofold: to partner with organisations and offer consultancy services to promote sensory awareness and inclusion; as well as aid with the development and delivery of bespoke training courses, ensuring all content is current and evidence-based.

Lisa Birtles

Head Trainer and Lead BSL Tutor

About Lisa

I was born Profoundly Deaf and both my Parents are Profoundly Deaf too.

I was initially inspired to teach by my Dad, as he taught in a college and I used to go with him in the evening time and watch when I was 14 yrs old – until I started as a Freelance Teacher in 1993. I then saw the job and starting work in DSN in 2000 – I have been teaching for nearly 30 years!

Carol Millington

Incus Administrator

About Carol

Following my career break after having my 2 daughters, I commenced work for Services for Deaf People in Bedfordshire in January 1993 – October 1997. I then moved to Cheshire at the end of 1997 and worked for The Football Association as Education and Training Officer for just short of 20 years before joining the incus team as incus administrator in January 2021.

Cheryl Beekman

Incus Administrator

About Cheryl

I have over 30 years’ experience in customer service and administration.

Previously I worked for 15 years for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. In this time, I worked within several departments including Training , Front of House and line managed the ICT Service Desk. I then went onto to work for Cheshire Police based at HQ where I worked as an HR administrator for eight years before joining the Incus team in January 2023.



Incus Administrator

Freelance Incus Trainers

Vicki Powell

Freelance Trainer

About Vicki

I was born Profoundly Deaf and growing up, BSL was not recognised as a language. However by the time I left school things had changed and although I used BSL, I decided to gain the qualifications. I passed Levels 1 and 2 then went to UCLAN, Preston to do a Deaf Studies Degree and completed BSL Level 3. I also worked for a while supporting Deaf Adults using and improving my BSL skills.

Tom Kane

Freelance Trainer

About Tom

I joined the RAF April 1975, and left with two hearing aids, a hearing dog and tinnitus in November 2005.

I qualified as a Lipreading teacher at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have been the rottweiler for the deafened community, Im passionate about getting deafness out in the open, to get people who have lost some of their hearing to be confident to contribute to the community again and to get people to think about their hearing and the implications of losing it.

Natalie Doyle

Freelance Trainer

About Natalie

I am profoundly deaf. I have a Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) and have facilitated courses such as baby yoga, baby signing, etc ever since I started work at Sure Start. After leaving there I worked for a fostering agency delivering paired reading courses for foster parents and play therapy sessions for looked after children. I have a passion for teaching and seeing participants blossom from the start of the course to the end. I am also an advocate and I like to empower people to ensure they know their rights in relation to the Mental Health Act and Children’s Act.

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