Vice Chair - Adrian M Horsley JP DL

At the age of 25, in 1974, three significant things happen to Adrian that would shape the rest of his life. He qualified as an architect, married Louise and got his first dog, a Jack Russell called Winifred. Adrian has had at least two dogs ever since.

At the same time he decided to put down roots in East Yorkshire where he was born and bred. Adrian left for a brief period to be educated at Ampleforth College and to train as an architect. Shortly after that his two sons, Adam and Luke, were born.

Adrian became a Partner in the Hull based architects Gelder and Kitchen, and then subsequently Senior Partner, before retiring in 2009.

He has been a magistrate since 1982, a non-executive director of a family confectionary business M A. Craven & Son and a partner in a retail jewellers business.

Adrian has a number of other charitable interests alongside Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. These include being Chairman of the Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust that gives to good causes in East Yorkshire, Chairman of Trustees of the Lees Rest Homes who manage 115 flats for the elderly in Hull and a former trustee of the York Minister Fund.

In 2010/2011 Adrian was High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire and concentrated his efforts on investigating and supporting all those involved in dealing with those addicted to drugs in the search for reduction in crime and the culture of crime.

Adrian's first contact with Hearing Dogs was as part of the Northern Centre Capital Appeals Committee. He was proud that the Charity chose East Yorkshire as the location for its northern facility, The Beatrice Wright Centre, and enjoyed being able to contribute his skills and experience in construction, law and commerce for the benefit of the Charity.