What’s your professional background?

I was CEO of Visionary between February 2018 and March 2019 before moving to The Thomas Pocklington Trust to develop and nurture partnerships throughout the UK.  I returned to Visionary in July 2019 – and I am delighted to be back in this fantastic role.  Prior to joining Visionary I was CEO of Visibility (a local sight loss charity in the west of Scotland covering 13 local authority areas and 4 health boards) for almost 20 years. Before that, I was the Scottish Director of Breast Cancer Care and prior to that I worked in social action broadcasting. I am a member of the Scottish Parliament cross party group on visual impairment and I am currently a trustee of two grant giving trusts, The Corra Foundation (previously Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland) and The Blindcraft Trust. I have been a trustee and elected president of Scottish Council on Visual Impairment and a trustee of ACOSVO (the Association of Chief Executive Officers for Scotland).

What do you like most about working for Visionary?

The diversity – not two days are the same. I love the concept of Visionary- working collectively to make the sight loss sector better for the people who need us.

Why work in the VI sector?

I really enjoy it – the sight loss sector is interesting, innovative and creative. I like the history of the local sight loss charities and I really like learning from the different organisations – there is so much that can be done to make life easier for blind and partially sighted people.

If you could be anywhere on Friday afternoon where would it be?

I would be at home in Glasgow with my favourite people and my lovely dog Ruby – heading towards a really nice dog friendly café bar!


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