New Deafblind UK CEO pledges to provide a ‘more bespoke experience for accessibility needs’

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Deafblind UK has appointed a new CEO who is responsible for implementing a new strategy which includes a more bespoke experience for people’s accessibility needs.   

Steve Conway is introducing the first tangible output of the new strategy, which is the launch of a new website.

The site will be fully accessible on all devices and is designed to cater for a range of accessibility needs based on users’ specific level of sight and hearing loss and will help the charity achieve the goals set out in their strategy and growth plan.

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The charity, which is in its 90th year 0f supporting people with combined sight and hearing loss across the UK, has started progressing under new leadership.

Conway’s first charge was to oversee the development and implementation of a new strategy, designed to take the charity forward towards its centenary and beyond.

He said: “I am delighted to have joined Deafblind UK at a particularly exciting time in the charity’s 90 year history. 

“Our new strategy clearly sets out our direction of travel for the next five years, which will see us supporting more people living with combined sight and hearing loss across the UK.

“We have much to do to raise our own profile as well as the understanding of deafblindness and will be looking at increasing our service offering by investing in modern technology, and making our services more accessible to those with the greatest need.”

Conway was commissioned in the Royal Marines in 1976. During a varied career which spanned 26 years he held several key appointments including; Signals Officer for the Special Boat Service, Adjutant of the Commando Training Centre, Director of Land and Amphibious Operations in NATO Allied Forces Northwestern Europe, and Commanding Officer of Royal Marines Reserve Scotland.

On leaving the Royal Marines in 2002, Conway joined NHS Scotland as the National Emergency Planning Officer responsible for ensuring the NHS could respond to large-scale incidents. 

In 2004, he was appointed as Chief Executive of NHS Orkney, where he undertook a major service redesign programme, and at a national level was involved with the introduction of the new NHS Terms and Conditions. 

After three years in Orkney he moved to NHS National Services Scotland as the Director of Strategy and Support until 2011 when he was appointed Chief Executive of Erskine, a large charity that provides care, accommodation and support services to armed forces veterans across Scotland.

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