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Meet the Volunteers


Beryl Whyatt

BerylFinance Officer

Beryl joined Phoenix as a volunteer in 2013. Previously she had worked for the BBC as Assistant to the Executive Editor of BBC London. She took early retirement from there to administer a national dance charity and for the past 10 years has been Finance Officer at Phoenix.



Lucy Buckley

LucyCommunication Support

Lucy has worked for many years as a CSW in secondary schools and colleges. She has BSL Level 6 and a degree in Deaf Studies from Bristol university. Her last role was an LSA at a Deaf school and now she is delighted to be volunteering for The Phoenix Group.  She has been a freelance CSW for Phoenix in the past so will be known to some of our members.



Rachel McNab

RachelDesign and Marketing Support

Rachel recently joined Phoenix in 2024. She is a freelance digital marketing specialist and has previously worked with The Royal Horticultural Society as part of their membership team. She is excited to now be a part of The Phoenix Group to help expand their reach. 



Ruth Taunt

RuthAdministration Support

Ruth started volunteering for Phoenix in 2024, coming to help in the office once a week.  Previously she worked in finance for 13 years. In 2020 she had a daughter who was later diagnosed as profoundly deaf and whose first language is BSL. The monthly Phoenix Saturday hubs and the holiday activities have offered huge support to the family and have provided fantastic opportunities to meet new people. Ruth is now focusing on completing level 3 BSL and hopefully continuing to level 4 later in 2024.



Yana Zayed

YanaActivity programme

Yana has spent many years working with self-advocates from across the globe on disability equality and non-discrimination. After returning to the UK in 2020, with a meagre handful of random signs from different countries, she finally embarked on her goal of learning BSL and is currently navigating her way through Level 3. She volunteers with the Phoenix Group whenever she can spare the time, in support and admiration of the valuable work it does.