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Fiona Sandford

CEO
Before joining Visionary, Fiona was CEO of Visibility which is a local sight loss charity, based in Glasgow. In that role, Fiona had responsibility for governance, income generation, contract negotiation, and led on the Visibility merger with Dumfries and Galloway Association for the Blind. Fiona is currently a trustee of Blindcraft which is grant giving trust and also a trustee of the Corra Foundation (previously Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland). Fiona sat on the Scottish Government steering group which created and rolled out the sensory impairment See Hear strategy. She has been a trustee of Scottish Council on Visual Impairment and was President of SCOVI for the standard term of 3 years. Fiona lives in Glasgow and has two adult children, Ruth and Conor. She enjoys reading, walking, keeping fit and is particularly keen on staying alive whilst ski-ing. Fiona’s black labrador Ruby, sits in on all the Visionary phone calls and is very supportive of Fiona’s new role.
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Gareth Brydon

Head of Member Engagement
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Andy Haynes

Head of Income Development
Andy joined Visionary in September 2016. Public sector funding cuts means many services or traditional sources of funding are either being simply cut or they are redesigned and then tendered out for organisations to then competitively bid for. Andy's role is to work with Visionary members to help them successfully secure and manage such funds. Andy works with members who are currently tendering/bidding/delivering contracted or commissioned services and provides them with advice and support. Andy also works with members who would simply like to explore how they might go about engaging with local authorities, NHS trusts and others with a view to securing income in this way. Andy has a broad background of over 20 years in the charity and social economy sector. Andy has delivered front line services and managed a range of delivery teams, as well as holding senior positions in local, regional and national charities. Andy has specialised in leading charities and social businesses fundraising and income development activities and has helped organisations successfully bid and secure large value contracts and financial investments. Andy has project managed major grant funding programmes on behalf of local and national government and has also helped local authorities, NHS trusts, adult and social care departments redesign how they commission and deliver community based services. Andy has also worked with smaller organisations and helped them grow and position themselves to secure their first grant or contract. This has then involved helping them ensure that they deliver it successfully and can grow not just their organisation, but importantly grow the impact they want to have for the people and community they are wanting to serve. Before joining Visionary Andy was Midlands and Wales Director for Premier - the UK's largest Christian multi-media organisation where he established a new regional centre of activity and grew income and investment significantly. Andy has also worked for UnLtd leading upon social enterprise development, for a large social landlord managing a £9m regeneration fund and for Groundwork managing employment and training programmes with local and national government. Andy has also successfully run his own consultancy business, supporting social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations to secure over £5m of contracts, commissions and grants. Outside of work, Andy is heavily involved in his local Methodist Church where he regularly preaches and leads services. However when not in church Andy can be found racing motorcycle sidecars as the passenger on race circuits in the UK and also on the roads of the Isle of Man.
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Lesley Smeardon

Member Engagement Manager
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Neera Chaudhary

Senior Member Engagement Co-ordinator
Neera is the Senior Member Engagement Co-ordinator within the Member Services team. Neera has worked within the sight loss sector for four years with RNIB where she started working on the Children and Families Bill Campaign. Neera continued working in various other departments and supported several projects. Neera says “I am passionate about supporting people with sight loss with a particular interest in employment for blind and partially sight people.” As the Senior Member Engagement Co-ordinator, Neera will be involved in organising the Annual Visionary Conference, and supporting members and her team to deliver excellent and expanding services. When she is not at work, Neera enjoys music, theatre, film and literature. “I especially like to spend my spare time taking pictures as I am a keen, all be it not very good photographer.”
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Russell Cable

Member Engagement Co-ordinator
Russell joined Visionary in January 2017. Prior to this, Russell worked for his local sight loss charity. Russell has been responsible for the development and implementation of a new CRM along with delivery of on the ground services including offering members advice and training on a wide range of technology, low vision aids and daily living aids. Russell is visually impaired, living with Stargardts. In his spare time, Russell can be found at the local bowling alley where he is a member of the National Blind Tenpin Bowling Association league.
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Sarah Cosby

Development and Innovation Manager
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Kyle Phillips

Development and Innovation Coordinator
Before joining Visionary, Kyle worked in several different areas. Kyle started out in retail before moving on to work on local radio. He also spent a year on the board of Governors at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) in Hereford. It was here that Kyle found his passion for sight loss services and provision, and then decided to pursue a career in which he could contribute to making a positive difference in the sector. Kyle also worked in member engagement at South East London Vision before joining the Visionary team in 2017.
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Giulia Vitaletti

Development & Innovation Co-ordinator
Giulia joined the Development and Innovation team at Visionary in October 2016. Giulia previously worked within the Volunteering department at Thomas Pocklington Trust since March 2013. Giulia has a Masters in International Law and her experience includes working in Spain as a Volunteer Co-ordinator for European and International mobility programs. Outside of work Giulia enjoys travelling, reading, and she is a keen football fan.
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Sarah Halliwell

Development Manager
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Ian Boyd

Development Manager
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