Rachel Parker

Registered Sign Language Translator

Rachael has worked and gained a wealth of experience in teaching BSL and Deaf Awareness for over 25 years and has been very passionate in providing as much service and support to and for the deaf community, directly and indirectly.

She has accumulated an impressive CV of qualifications and experience in not just teaching, or tutoring, but also as an assessor, sight translator, an Internal Verifier and an External Verifier.

In November 2010, Rachael was awarded Signature’s Regional Teacher of the Year Award for South-East of England, 2010.

Russell Cooke

Registered Sign Language Translator

Amy Beckett

Trainee Sign Language Translator

I want to be a translator and Deaf interpreter to support the Deaf community to access everything, to break down all barriers that link to English or communication. I want to see that every Deaf individual to be able to access anything, anytime and able to make their lives easier, without any barriers.

I think Signly is a very good opportunity for Deaf people to able to access websites as Signly aim to translate everything on the websites, so as much as possible, everywhere is BSL friendly. I hope to see that Signly growing more and maybe to do more than just websites.

If there is a better access, like BSL accessibility, visual accessibility etc; the future is more likely to be looking good and hopefully from there, BSL will have a better recognition around in the UK. Which hopefully means better education for Deaf children and equal opportunities (jobs, etc) as hearing people.

Ayesha Gavin

Trainee Sign Language Translator

Radha Starr

Registered Sign Language Translator

Daryl Jackson

Deaf Interpreter

Tim Scannell

Signly Ambassador

I was born profoundly deaf due to my Mother contracting German Measles whilst pregnant.

Throughout my education, I was not taught sign language, in fact, you were punished if school staff caught you using it.

At 14 I had saved up enough pocket money to pay to attend a deaf camp California.

At 16, I attended Derby College for Deaf People. Lots of the deaf students knew and used BSL, leading me to learn it and even go on to complete BSL qualifications.

Having acquired a new language, opportunities arose for me both academically and socially.

In my work I spend a lot of time researching the latest gadgets and gismos, taking a special interest in technology that can improve deaf people’s lives by aiding communication.

English is a second language to me and to many other BSL users. It poses a huge barrier in terms of accessing written information. Signly is an exciting App that can solve that problem. The App’s ability to change written language into sign language is welcomed by the deaf community and has the potential to resolve many communication barriers if companies get on board and offer it as a service.

Now, I am working for Signly Ambassador and I hope you can meet me in one day!

Alexandre Malhão

Signly Senior Software Developer

Alex joined Signly in spring 2019. He's a technical wizard, coding the Signly platform.

Mark Applin

Mark and Deafax conceptualised and launched Signly.