Visionary regional and network groups

Regional groups

The regional/country groups are a forum for members in each area to come together to share information and best practice, and offer peer support across the Visionary network. They are represented by a an individual from one of the member organisations from each region/country.

Each region or country has a dedicated lead from the core Visionary team who is the point of contact for the members within this area. They work closely with the regional representative and work alongside leads from our partners (England Vision Strategy (EVS), RNIB, Blind Veterans UK, etc). This allows us to work more cohesively within each area and increase our understanding of what is happening across the country.


Region 1: South West Association Network (SWAN)

Covers: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire

Regional Representative – Julian Garner, Devon in Sight

Visionary Regional LeadGareth Brydon


Region 2: South East

Covers:  BedfordshireBerkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire (Including the Isle of Wight), Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex

Regional Representative – Nik Demetriades, 4SIGHT

Visionary Regional LeadLesley Smeardon


Region 3: London

Covers: Greater London

Regional Representative – Cathy Low, London Vision

Visionary Regional LeadGareth Brydon


Region 4: East

Covers: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

Regional Representative – Gina Dormer, Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind

Visionary Regional LeadsGareth Brydon for Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk; Lesley Smeardon for Essex


Region 5: Midlands

Covers: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Rutland and Walsall

Regional Representative – Susan Hoath, Vista

Visionary Regional LeadGareth Brydon


Region 6: North West

Covers: Merseyside, Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria

Regional Representative – Rob Cooper, Henshaws

Visionary Regional LeadSarah Halliwell


Region 7: Yorkshire

Covers: North, South, East and West Yorkshire

Regional Representative – Hayley Grocock, Wakefield District Sight Aid

Visionary Regional LeadGareth Brydon


Region 8: North East

Covers: County Durham, Northumberland, Teeside and Tyneside

Regional Representative – Susan Coulson, Gatehead and South Tyneside Sight Service

Visionary Regional LeadSarah Halliwell


Country: Scotland

Covers: devolved country of Scotland

Country Representative – Maggie Chapman, Scottish Council on Visual Impairment (SCOVI)

Visionary Country LeadAlison Oliver, Visionary CEO


Country: Wales

Covers: devolved country of Wales

Country Representative – Joy Smith, Vision Support and Rebecca Phillips, Wales Council for the Blind (WCB)

Visionary country LeadGareth Brydon


Membership Consultancy Group (MCG)

The Membership Advisory Group (MCG) has been established as a non-decision-making body that provides consultative input to Visionary’s planned projects. It provides a strategic focus to share regional intel and developments and a non-trustee sounding board for Visionary strategic planning. The group also brings voices from different regions together to share and learn on topics that resonate with a wider region to encourage problem solving and constructive debate. Finally the MCG offers  informal networking after meetings among regional reps to share best practice and consider ways of cross-regional working.

The MCG representatives are currently the same as the regional representatives.


Find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about the regional groups, or would like to become a representative, please contact

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