Profile: Roger Vincent-Townend (Hearing)

Roger spent his early working life in local government, first at Southwark in municipal engineering, then Public Health, followed by Housing, and finally Town Planning in Lambeth. He first early retired in 1997 but in 1998 started full-time working as the Front Desk Receptionist at Beckenham Hospital, which was totally rebuilt in 2009 and re-named The Beckenham Beacon. In 2013, some 15 years later, following a minor stroke, he again retired and became a home-based trainee silver surfer!

He originally became involved with Bromley Chain by default, via Di Vincent's Hard of Hearing Club at the Bertha James Centre in the early '80s. His wife, Sue, who is a friend of Di, volunteered him to help put up the loop system! Until that time he had never had any direct involvement with the deaf community. Sometime in the mid '80s he joined the Committee of Bromley Chain.

He spent many hours with Kathleen, the current Patron, drafting the new Bromley Chain Constitution which was approved by the Charity Commission at the beginning of the millennium.

Roger was Chairman from 2015 until 2022.