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Trustees of Royal School for the Deaf Derby

James Ottewell (Chair), David du Celliee Muller, James Richardson, Dougal Bulger, Craig Crowley

Each Trustee adds to the expertise and diversity of the Board enabling it to better reflect the population and needs of children and young people at the school.  The aim of the Board is to lead the school to realise its aspiration of becoming a good then outstanding provider and Centre of Excellence in Deaf Education. 

Trustees are delighted with the efforts of the school in achieving  ratings of Good and Outstanding for its residential provision together with progress made in mirroring this in its educational provision.  Successful partnership working with placing authorities, children and young people, parents, carers and wider stakeholders is a key continuing focus.  A fair fee basis underpinned by a sound matrix of need complemented by substantial fundraising and grant activities are making significant, positive contributions to pupil experience and demonstrating value for money. 

News about the role and work of Trustees is published each year in our annual reports which are public documents available for anyone to see.  If you would like to know more about us and the school’s progress please visit,

Company and Charity Secretary:  Helen Radford   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Company number:  3367515

Charity number: 1062507

 Alan Passmore has retired from the Trustees Easter 2021. We would like to thank Alan for his dedication and support for RSDD over many years



James Ottewell  MRICS

James is a successful property developer and currently owns his own private award winning development company.  James brings expertise in business strategy, financial management, valuation, management and development of land & real estate to the board.  




David du Celliee Muller 

David is currently a local District Councillor and retired Managing Director of a freight forwarding company at East Midlands Airport.  He has a profoundly deaf daughter with ushers. David brings business acumen and experience of deaf education for young people and parents to the board.



James Richardson 

James is a local entrepreneur, business owner and Parish Councillor.  James brings business leadership, business formation and knowledge of operation, finance, and management to the board.





Dougal Bulger FCIPD FIH  

Dougal joined the board following retirement as Clerk to the Worshipful Company, effectively their Chief Executive running the business of the Company and also administrating for the Innholders’ Charitable Foundation as Treasurer of the Innholders’ Charitable Trust.  The Trust was an enthusiastic supporter and sponsor of a number of schools for children and young people with special educational needs and those from disadvantaged socio-economic groups.  He is a qualified financial accountant and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

 Dougal brings expertise in financial management, charity structure, law and governance together with knowledge of charitable funding streams to the board.




Craig Crowley  MBE 

Craig officially joined our board of trustees in September 2018.   Appointed as Chief Executive Officer at Action Deafness he currently chairs the UK Council on Deafness.  Previous roles included President of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (Deaflympics), Deputy Director of AoHL Care Services,  Executive Director of Enham & European Union of the Deaf (EUD). He was awarded an MBE in 2006.  Craig brings expertise in charity governance, business strategy and knowledge of Deaf community, language and context to the board.  He is a keen advocate of diversity, equality and empowerment across a range of communities.