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Zebra Uno Ltd is an independent company specialising in Media and Communication.

With more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, our goal is to break down barriers by raising awareness of deaf people, across the UK from our base in Wolverhampton.

Founded in 2003 by two Deaf entrepreneurs, Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Willrich, Zebra Uno has continued to grow and currently provides both Media and Interpreting services for clients all over the UK.

“A unique, creative business focused on media and communication closely linked to the Deaf community.”

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What we do

As a deaf-led company, we strive to break down communication barriers and facilitate effective communication between deaf and hearing people in the UK.

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Interpreting service

Wherever and whatever the service you require, we will provide the right communication professional (i.e. British Sign Language, Sign Supported English etc.) to suit your needs.

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Training & consultancy

We support companies and organisations to comply with the Equality Act by providing insight into the communication needs of people with hearing loss, through our bespoke Deaf Awareness, sign language training and technological services.

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Multimedia and film production

We are committed to combining innovative ideas with the latest technology. We work with clients to identify, develop and implement the best possible solutions to meet their needs.

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The Directors

Both Zebra Uno’s Directors, Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Willrich, co-founded Zebra Uno Limited in 2003. It is a successful media company whose core focus is digital media and communication, and the organisation enjoys close links with the Deaf Community. They are committed to developing people’s skills through delivering both hands-on and theory-based media and deaf awareness training and consultation across the UK.

Nikki and Marilyn’s passion for the Deaf community led them to establish Zebra Access in 2005, a charity whose vision is to have ‘communities without barriers’ for deaf people (www.zebra-access.com).

In 2006, Nikki and Marilyn co-founded Deaffest, the UK’s leading Deaf-led Film & Arts Festival which is now recognised globally.  Deaffest is the UK’s leading Deaf-led Film & Arts Festival, which celebrates the talents of deaf filmmakers and artists from all over the world (www.deaffest.co.uk).

Marilyn Willrich

Co-Founder & Director

Marilyn Willrich was formerly a Senior Lecturer in BSL/English Interpreting at the University of Wolverhampton and is known for her work in the media as a TV Presenter, Reporter and BSL Consultant for a variety of programmes, including BBC’s See Hear and Channel 4’s VEE TV.

Marilyn has worked as a Sign Language Trainer and Assessor across the UK over the last 25 years. However, that’s not all; Marilyn is a filmmaker and has directed and produced many films and documentaries and she is also an award-winning actress.

Nikki Stratton

Co-Founder & Director

Prior to launching Zebra Uno, Nikki attended both Universities of Bristol and Wolverhampton, where she obtained her degree in B.A. (Hons) Deaf Studies and Linguistics.

Nikki is also recognised for her numerous appearances on television and is well-known for her role as an award-winning Presenter for Channel 4’s Vee TV programme, as well as appearing as an In-Vision Signer for a wide range of channels including BBC One and Two, Cartoon Network’s Powerpuff Girls series and CBeebies. Nikki previously translated and performed songs in British Sign Language which were aired on NME’s Bravo channel and was recognised as a Gold Winner at the Promax Awards in 2002. Since 2003 Nikki has been involved with several projects related to directing as well as presenting and leading translation film projects.

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Meet the team

Zebra Uno has a great team with talents and skills to meet your needs. Our team is committed to producing and maintaining a high standard of quality work, in both Media and Communication.

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Carol Salter

Head of Finance & Interpreting Services

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Louise Parrott

PR Liaison Officer

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Matthew Shaw

Communications Technician

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Jack Smallwood

Media Officer

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Jemma Jones

Sign Language Interpreter

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Joy Terry

Sign Language Interpreter

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Katie Mogford

Sign Language Interpreter

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Emma Ayris

Communication Support Worker

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Jane Pothecary

Sign Language Interpreter

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