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Charity Trustees

Win Burton

- is the mother of two profoundly deaf sons, raised using Cued Speech, and two hearing children - all now grown up. She has a BA Hons Oxford in Modern Languages and a Tri-lingual Graduate Secretarial Diploma from South Bank Polytechnic, London. She did a traineeship at the European Commission, Brussels before becoming Information Officer, Ecumenical Centre, Brussels (European Commission lobbying on behalf of the non-Catholic Churches).

While in Belgium she was involved in voluntary work, including being Vice-President of APEDAF (the Belgian Association of Parents of Deaf Children) and their delegate to the FEPEDA (European Association of Parents of Deaf Children); working as a classroom assistant for a deaf child; giving English Cued Speech lessons for Belgian and Swiss Cued Speech Associations; training as a relay parent with NDCS and setting up a relay parent team; and supporting English-speaking parents of children born deaf in Belgium.

On her return to paid work, she co-ordinated the multi-faith initiative set up by the European Commission "Giving a Soul to Europe" and continued in voluntary work. In 2006, Win returned to the UK and was elected to Management Committee of the Cued Speech Association UK; also continuing work with the World Conference of Religions for Peace and she is currently Executive Secretary of the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust which fosters discussion on European politics from an ethical angle.

Win's two deaf sons were brought up bilingually thanks to Cued Speech - in French (at Belgian School) and English (at home). Cued Speech also enabled them to learn basic Flemish (obligatory in Belgian schools).

Christine Cottam

 - has a BSc Hons Health Studies and a BSc Hons Community Health Care Nursing. She initially worked at the Post Office dealing with queries from the public and preparing cases for court on outstanding accounts.

She is the mother of two totally deaf children who were brought up using Cued Speech. In order to access the best provision of Cued Speech in education, the family moved from the South East to the South West of England, where Christine has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, ending her career as a clinical nurse manager.  She is currently semi-retired, continuing nursing but on a clinical basis only.

Christine has been, and still is, an active user of Cued Speech with her children. She has assisted at Cued Speech Summer Schools as a volunteer and examiner and joined the Management Committee in 2003. Both her children have benefited enormously from having Cued Speech as their primary means of communication, her older son having acquired his first degree in English and a Masters in Museum Studies. Their exposure to ‘visual speech' has enabled them to live independently. Christine says ‘There is no doubt in my mind that, had it not been for Cued Speech, their lives in a predominantly hearing world would not be so rich or fulfilling.'

Tina Kirwin 

- is a qualified teacher of deaf children (B.Ed Hons/Ad Dip Ed) and is currently the senior manager of the Hearing Needs team in the Sensory Support Service in Manchester.  Tina as well as managing a large team of teachers of the deaf and specialist teaching assistants, also continues to teach deaf children who are educated either through BSL or using an oral approach from newborn to year 11. She supports pupils both at home and in nurseries, mainstream and special schools.

She has used Cued Speech with many pupils over the last ten years for teaching lipreading, phonic skills and spelling. She introduced Cued Speech to the Service and 19 staff have now had some degree of training within it. Many of the  staff use it with profoundly deaf pupils who have English as a second language.Tina runs a Cued Speech club for parents and staff which is well attended.  The staff  from the Manchester SSS regularly attend the Cued Speech Association's cue camp.

Ken Orpin

- is the grandfather of a deaf child brought up with Cued Speech. Ken's early career was with the Merchant Navy, before moving into a sales career in the food industry. He later moved into the shop-fitting business with his own company, fitting out shops and organising exhibitions throughout the UK. For the past 26 years Ken has run a painting and decorating business.

Ken became aware of the Cued Speech Association after his granddaughter was born deaf. She lives in France with her parents and brother, who all attended a Cued Speech course in Exeter. His granddaughter, now 11, not only speaks fluent French and English but uses Cued Speech and signing in both languages. The whole family has benefited enormously by learning to cue.

Ken attended a Foundation course in Exeter three years ago and loves communicating with his granddaughter. He also enjoys speaking about and promoting the Cued Speech Association from a grandfather's point of view and therefore accepted an offer to become a Trustee. He has served on several committees including the Scout Movement and Choral Societies. He helps with our fundraising by constantly getting others to part with their old mobile phones! Ken also hopes to arrange a charity concert soon, raising some much needed funds for the charity.

Christine Hardy

- is the Chair person of the charity, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge from growing up in the deaf community, as a child of a deaf adult.  With NVQ Level 6 in British Sign Language and a rich and varied background in which she has used her linguistic skills in the working world, she will be a vital member of our committee.  She currently works 'Advocacy, Rights and Awareness Manager' for Deafblind UK, whom she has worked for now for ten years, and has an educational background in both linguistics and law.


Peter Bowman


- is the father of a deaf son brought up with Cued Speech. He is a chartered Civil Engineer and his early career was with the Costain Group working in the UK and around the UAE Gulf States. He then joined Shell UK and worked on Projects in the North Sea until he moved to Den Haag and worked on mega projects across the globe. After 25 years Peter retired from Shell and operated his own project services consultancy for a few years until the oil priced dropped in January 2016.


Peter chose Cued Speech for his profoundly deaf son in 1985 (a year after he was born) and attended a number of beginners and intermediate courses in Canterbury. Peter became a trustee in 1986 and was elected chair of National Centre of Cued Speech Management Committee for a number of years until 1995 during a time when fundraising and raising the profile of Cued Speech were the key objectives. His son benefitted from Cued Speech and now works for ITV adding sign language bubbles to the current programmes. His ability to communicate in the deaf and the hearing world is excellent.


Peter’s return to being a trustee with time to offer the charity is a result of his reduced travel and consultancy engineering commitments.  However, he does enjoy staying active with his vegetable patch and minor building projects around the home. 


We are extremely grateful to all members of our Management Committee, with their wide range of skills and experiences, for their time and input to the Cued Speech Association UK.