Our Board of Trustees
Current Trustees are:
Valerie Copenhagen – Chair of Trustees
I was born Deaf in both ears into a hearing family with no history of Deafness and wear two hearing aids. I am currently undergoing an assessment for a cochlear implant in my right ear. My experiences of being Deaf growing up are very different to other Deaf people I have met along my life journey to date. I recognise the challenges and opportunities and have a real passion and drive to support others and breaking down barriers. I was drawn to the work carried out by Phoenix Group for Deaf children for a number of reasons including their commitment and passion to support families with deaf children and young people. I applied to join the board as Chair as I felt I could share my expertise, leadership and passion in supporting such a great organisation.
My career started at National Deaf Children Society where I spent 11 years delivering a wide range of projects and programmes supporting deaf children, young people and their families. I recently finished a secondment as the Head of Disability at Sport England. Prior to this I held the role of Executive Director at UK Deaf Sport where I led on and worked alongside team members programmes linked with increasing participation of deaf and hard hearing people in sport and physical activity across the UK. I have over ten years of experience within the charity sector. I am a Board director for the Youth Sport Trust and am chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance Youth Advisory Panel.
In my spare time I play tennis and like to bake triple chocolate brownies.
Hello, my name is Angela Ansell, I’m a mother of two deaf children. I am delighted to join Phoenix on the board of Trustees as a parents' representative. I first came across Phoenix when I was a researcher working on TV many years ago, however, I didn’t think about joining as a member until my daughter was born back in 2016.
Phoenix offers lots of great opportunities and activities for young deaf people during school half term/holiday. I would like to return my support as a parents' representative to Phoenix as both of my children have enjoyed joining in with the activities put on by Phoenix.
I’m Philip and I am CEO of Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory. My former appointments include CEO for Middlesex Association for the Blind,
CEO for Hertfordshire Society for the Blind, Interim CEO for the National Association for Patient Participation, NAPP, and Head of Membership & Development at Hearing Concern. I am also Chairman of Friends of Bennetts End Surgery, FOBES, and continue to support the Board of NAPP. In 2022 I retired as Secretary of WFC ENABLES, the official Disabled Supporters Group of the county’s championship side Watford Football Club, and Chairman of Hemel Aces Football Club.