Who we are

Jason Bell

Jason is the Director of iNet and a fully qualified BSL/English interpreter with over 14 years experience. He did the postgraduate diploma photo (9)in BSL/English interpreting through SLI/UCLAN in 2009. He has an MA in Ethics from Keele University and has also lectured on the postgraduate diploma and MA in BSL/English interpreting. He is currently module  leader for professional issues and specialist settings on the SLI Ltd Advanced Diploma in  BSL/English interpreting.  He is not currently registered with NRCPD and if asked why will more than likely bore you to death with an hour long discussion about the flawed nature of deontological ethics and codes of conduct.

Jason also has a 2nd Dan Black belt in karate. A skill he doesn’t combine with interpreting.

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averilAveril Dobson

Averil is the Director of bslNet and responsible for all sign language tuition. Averil is a qualified BSL/English interpreter working in a wide variety of settings. One of her specialisms, which she really enjoys, is in working/volunteering within Christian settings.

Averil works alongside some of our wonderful Deaf Tutors/assessors in running a variety of British Sign Language Courses.

In her spare time Averil loves eating out, being with her family and, when she gets the chance, doing lots of different creative stuff.

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Karen Slykarensly

Karen is the Director of deafNet and responsible for the support services, such as job club, community support and advocacy services, at Signing Network. Karen is also a qualified BSL/English interpreter and her specialist area is theatre interpreting. A role that she thoroughly throws herself into.

Karen also works part time for the Diocese of Leicester as their Deaf Development Worker supporting the Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing Christian community of Leicester, leicestershire and Rutland. She works closely with deaf people of other faiths and non faith backgrounds.

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Tony Barlow

Tony Barlow is an employment consultant who provides Signing Network with expert advice on employment matters and Deaf people. With over 11 years experience in helping Deaf people into work Tony is responsible for running the Deaf Job Clubs in Leicester and Derby and also runs our Employment Skills Course funded through NLDC (Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities).

Tony is an employment champion for deaf people, who has built up 11 years of experience across the UK. Over the years, he has supported and delivered for the likes of Jobcentre Plus, A4e, Remploy, Ingeus, Shaw Trust and Derby University, to name but a few. He’s also a geek at heart having previously worked in the software development industry for 12 years. His passion is his family and his two little girls and empowering the choices of deaf people for a better future.

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Frank Sly

photo (13)Frank Sly is our lead tutor at Signing Network. Frank has been teaching BSL and deaf awareness for over 25 years and has been an assessor and moderator for CACDP and then Signature for the best part of two decades. Frank has a special interest in maintaining excellence in teaching standards in BSL and holds the  PTLLS and CAVA qualifications. Frank has taught BSL at level 1, 2 and 3.

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Helen Brewin

HelenbrewinHelen is our Business and Finance Administrator and deals with the day to day administration for  Signing Network. This includes interpreter bookings and diary updates for our booking system. Helen has been in admin for as long as she can remember.

Helen is a keen cyclist (although not so keen on the falling off), enjoys tap dancing, amateur dramatics and is an assistant cub scout leader. Helen provides integral support functions to all the departments at Signing Network CIC.

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Nitesh Chavda

photo 3 (1)Nitesh started working for Signing Network in 2012. His role is Administrative Assistant. Nitesh covers reception duties as well as sending out the booking forms for interpreters. He also helps with the job club on Wednesdays. Nitesh is also responsible for health and safety and risk assessments at work. Nitesh has previously worked for Fern Training, Carter and Carter, Intraining, Working Links and Acorn.

Nitesh’s interests are DIY and he has been playing cricket since the age of 8. He is a member of a local cricket club and also the ECAD (English Cricket Association for the Deaf) Lions Squad. He holds an ECB level 1 coaching certificate for teaching disabled people, an enhanced CRB check and is a certified first aider.

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Vicky Mackeprang

Vicky works in deafNet supporting the job club and advocacy service helping people with filling in forms and with phone calls. VickymackeprangOriginally from Newcastle upon Tyne, she worked as a residential officer at Northern Counties School. Vicky moved to Leicester in 2011 to be with her husband Paul.

Vicky is a huge fan of Newcastle United football Club and likes going to the cinema to see subtitled films with friends and her husband. She also enjoys bike rides, going out for meals and visiting  friends and family in Newcastle when she can.

Vicky studied at South Leicestershire college doing Functional Skills, English and Maths both Entry 3 level and hopes to go back and do a level 1 in Maths, English and Information Technology.

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