Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees are all volunteers giving their time to ensure that the Charity is fulfilling its purpose, is legally compliant and financially sound. All Trustees apply to join the Board and are formally voted in at our AGM. Each member serves a three year term, after this they must stand for re-election should they wish to continue.
The Board has full responsibility for the Charity but delegates the operational work to the Chief Executive and staff team. Detailed financial planning and monitoring is delegated to the Finance Sub-Committee and Board members also appoint the Directors for Vision Support Trading.
Pen pictures of our current Board Members are detailed below. If you wish to contact a member of the Board please send correspondence to Vision Support, Units 1 & 2, The Ropeworks, Whipcord Lane, Chester CH1 4DZ.
Peter Curtis is a very active member of the local community. He has been a trustee of Vision Support since 2009 and is branch secretary and treasurer of the Retired Members Unite the Union who campaign for pensioners’ rights and social justice including the state pension, health and after-care, and transport and social care.
Peter has now retired as a local councillor and held the position of Vice Chair of Holywell High School. His other roles have included secretary for Holywell district Royal British Legion trustee for Wales Council of the Blind.
Marie Dean was registered as sight impaired in 1995 and after learning basic IT skills Marie went on to study for four years where she achieved an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Skills Theory.
Since qualifying, Marie has worked with many students at West Cheshire College over the years. Now retired, Marie focuses on her work on a private basis. Marie also volunteered for twenty years at Dial House where she initially worked on reception, filling out surveys, signposting and then moved forward to become a benefits advisor.
As well as being a trustee for Vision Support Marie, also is a telephone befriender for us. In her spare time, she likes pottering in the garden, swimming, walking her dog and singing in her local choir.
Mr Miles Tutton FRCS FRCOphth DO
Miles Tutton was involved in ophthalmology for over thirty years, serving communities in the South East and North West of England. Since 1986, he was a consultant ophthalmologist in Chester looking after both adults and children. He carried out surgery for cataracts, squints and glaucoma, as well as treating retinal conditions. He was at the forefront of the use of lasers especially in corneal refractive surgery.
He is interested in how people deal with eye defects and diseases. He is keen to help those with low vision to fulfil their potential and to lead as active lives as possible.
He lives in Chester with his wife Ruth and has four grown up children. His interests include lecturing, golf, and DIY.
John Graham was formerly a Chief Officer in two different authorities in his local government and has been a Director of Vision Support Trading since its inception. John studied English Literature at university where he graduated with a 2.1.
John has been a volunteer with Vision Support for a number of years and has assisted in resource centres and with group social activities for elderly and visually impaired people.
He lives in North Wales with his wife, son and grandchild and is interested in athletics, watching sports and is still an avid reader.
Sandra Massey spent over thirty years in the chemical industry attaining the position of Group Production Planning Manager involving planning for production plants in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA and has a BSc (hons) degree.
Sandra was registered as sight impaired in 2012 and had to take early retirement due to ill health in 2014. She then went on to join us at Vision Support, becoming a board member in 2019.
Her interests include genealogy, and involvement in Vision Support groups such as crown green bowling and swimming. She enjoys attending Vision Support’s audio described cinema screenings at the Storyhouse in Chester and has a “large tribe” of 9 grandchildren who keep her busy.
Bethan Wyn Roberts
Bethan Wyn Roberts has been working within the Social Care field for twenty-six years as a Social Worker, Team Manager, project lead and service development lead. She now manages a care home for individuals with complex mental health needs.
Bethan’s passion is ensuring that all those living with a disability are given every opportunity to ensure they can fulfil their potential, whatever that may be, and that carers are given the full recognition for the work they do on a daily basis and that they are able to access the appropriate support to be able to continue in that role.
Bethan is totally committed to the principles, values and ethics of Vision Support and all the staff do, having witnessed first-hand the positive impact possible for people living in the community with a sight issue.
In her spare time Bethan enjoys “reading and running …. and reading about running!!!” Having completed a virtual ultra-marathon (100km’s) during lockdown along the promenade in Colwyn Bay over 5 days she is currently considering her next challenge!