New CEO takes over at The Elizabeth Foundation for deaf children in Portsmouth

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THERE is a new boss at the helm of a deaf charity which helps preschool children and babies learn to listen and talk.

Julie Hughes has taken over as the chief executive of The Elizabeth Foundation, in Cosham.

Julie has a long history with the charity – she was initially recruited from the USA by the charity’s Founders, Shirley and David Metherell, in 1994.

She has been involved with the organisation for 21 years and has been has been a member of the education team, leading it as director of children and family services since 2011.

She said: ‘I feel very excited to have the opportunity to lead this fantastic organisation.

‘With such a passionate and dedicated team, I feel confident we can meet the challenges ahead.

‘I am also looking forward to working with others in the field to continue to build and improve services for deaf children and their families.’

Julie replaces Dr Sue Campbell, the former CEO, who stepped down to spend more time with her young family.