Meet the Staff

UK Deaf Sport has a growing team of staffs focused on developing greater opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people to reach their full potential in sport and develop a world leading system for deaf sport in the UK to grow.

Lara Lill

Interim Executive Director
Lara Lill is a leading expert in health, wellbeing and physical activity. She is a respected senior manager with extensive experience in building effective partnerships. Lara trained as a secondary school PE teacher at Liverpool University, she taught for a while in the North East before being appointed to the Amateur Swimming Association. Lara is Head of Health and Wellbeing, responsible for developing strategy and building influential partnerships to improve the quality of life for people with health conditions and contribute to the public health of the population. Lara is also a member of the European Women and Sport Board responsible for promoting leadership and gender equality for women in sport. Lara is delighted to be appointed as a trustee to UK Deaf Sport.

Lydia Ingman

"See My Voice" Project Officer
I’m Lydia Ingman from Chesterfield! I’m a See my Voice project Officer at UK Deaf Sport and I also take lead in the Athlete Leadership group. I am really excited to be working in an area that I feel so passionately about! My role will be diverse across different areas, helping me to understand the behind the scenes of the organisation. The role will also support my studies of Sport and Exercise Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. A little about me: I was born deaf to a hearing family. From a young age, I learnt to sign and lip read which became my main form of communication until having a cochlear implant at aged 3. My main sport is Golf and is a big part of my life. My greatest achievement is winning the World Deaf Golf Championships 2016 in Copenhagen and winning European Deaf Golf Championships 2017 in England.

Kathryn Halsey

My name is Kathryn Halsey and I provide admin support to our team here at UK Deaf Sport. I am hearing and I have worked within the Deaf sector for over 10 years; firstly, at RNID and later at NDCS. I have worked in lots of different areas and have a strong background in events and administration. I have also studied BSL and gained my Level 6 NVQ in BSL in 2010. When I am not at work, I am busy chasing after my two young children and have recently started running.

Oliver Pritchard

My name is Oliver Pritchard (Volunteer), I’m profoundly deaf and I’m a triathlete. Trying to become professional athlete in the ‘all body’ level to prove that deafness isn’t a barrier and to be the best I can be. I’ve been working with UKDS for a while under the Athlete Leadership Group which Lydia organises. Wanted to branch out my volunteering in the Leadership Group and support other colleagues whether it’s media promotion, research, connection, recognition and etc. I have a serious passion on promoting deafness, sports and bringing recognition towards the UKDS and deafness. Always believed in the moto of “Its Abilities Not Disabilities”.

Sophia Wilks

Fundraising Officer
My name is Sophia and I am from Sussex. I am experienced in all forms of fundraising and am passionate about raising Deaf awareness and access for all. My choice of sports are archery, shooting and kayaking. I started to lose my hearing in my teens. In my spare time I am a Scout, married with two grown children. One a hearing lacrosse player and one a profoundly Deaf rugby player.