Alan and his guide dog Judy escaped to Wiltshire in January 2018 and he joined Sight Support as a Sight Advisor in April the same year. Since graduating from Leeds, Alan has worked in the field of sight loss for 25 years including working at RNIB, Kent Association for the Blind and Croydon Vision. He has also developed sports programmes for children and young people with sight loss across London and delivered sight loss awareness training in the Hotel and Tourism sector. Alan’s hobbies include visually impaired tennis, he was national champion in 2011 & 2012 and he has completed 14 marathons.
Alison Richmond, Community Sight Loss Advisor
Alison joined the team in 2019 having worked in the charity sector with wounded, injured and sick serving armed forces, veterans and their families. After 20 years of being on the move Alison has now settled in South Wiltshire and enjoys anything to do with the outdoors.
Louise Kutzner, Community Sight Loss Advisor
Louise joined the team in April 2019 having previously worked in schools with children with Special Educational Needs. Louise lives in Wiltshire and volunteers locally for a youth mentoring charity as well as fundraising for Bath Cats and Dogs home and Cancer Research UK. Outside of work and volunteering Louise enjoys yoga, cycling, walking and spending time with her rescue cat Buddy.
Glenda Woodville, Head of Services
Glenda joined the team in November 2018. She has been working in the charity sector for over 18 years and has experience in a range of service delivery, fundraising and volunteer management roles. She lives in North Wiltshire with her two children.
Karen Monk, Fundraiser
Karen grew up in Wiltshire and was educated in Bath. Karen lives in Trowbridge with her little dog and her daughter. Karen has worked in the charity sector for over 12 years. The sight loss sector is one that Karen feels passionate about as she has had a prosthetic eye since a baby. Karen enjoys all aspects of her diverse job role from applying for grants to being creative and making craft items to sell and socialising with people.
Marc Gulwell, Senior Sight Loss Advisor
Having lost his sight aged 19 due to Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, Marc was forced to change his career path and started working for Insight Gloucestershire aged 22. Ten years on and now in Bristol working for Sight Support, Marc is determined to ensure visually impaired people get the chance to access sports & social opportunities which he didn’t have when he lost his sight. A keen sportsman Marc founded and ran the Gloucestershire Growlers Blind Cricket Team who after six years of playing won their league in 2017. Also, a keen 8 ball pool player, you can often find Marc competing against sighted opposition in the Bristol pool league.
Mike Silvey, Chief Executive
Mike lives in Bath and joined the Sight Support team in September 2018. Although a newcomer to the sight loss sector, Mike has a long history leading teams and organisations within the charity sector, from working on rehabilitation of ex-offenders across the UK, to managing education and disability programmes in Cambodia and Rwanda. Outside of work, his twins keep him busy, and the daily bike ride from Bath to our Bristol office keeps him fit!
Stacey Thompson, Admin and Communications Officer
Stacey joined the team in May 2019 after working in a Health and Well being charity. Previous to that she left her role as a Project Delivery Manager to look after her young children during which time she worked as a volunteer looking after recruitment and training in a preschool. Stacey lives in Bristol and when she's not trying to tire out her two sons and two Labradors she likes to escape to the allotment for peace and quiet.
Sarah O'Rourke, Community Sight Loss Advisor
Sarah joined Wiltshire Sight in 2015 after taking three years out of work to raise her daughter. Sarah firstly joined the organisation as an Assistive Technology and Resource Coordinator, before taking up the role of Family Support Worker in 2017. Sarah also runs our Zoom Club which supports children and young people who are blind or partially sighted. Outside of work Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, socialising and relaxing with friends.
Jen Hall, Fundraising Manager
Jen joined the team in November 2020. She has over 18 years of fundraising experience working with national and local charities. She has volunteer experience as a Trustee, grant writer, advisor and fundraiser. Jen lives in Swindon, and outside of work loves walking on the Ridgeway.
Becs Thurgur, Volunteer Coordinator
Becs lives in Bristol and joined Sight Support in August 2019, having previously worked as a Children, Young People and Families Coordinator for RNIB, organising day activities and residential events for children and their families and working alongside a team of wonderful volunteers. Outside of work, Becs enjoys spending time outdoors with her two lively boys, who keep her busy! She also sings in a couple of choirs and volunteers for two environmental charities.
Charlie Meilton, Community Sight Loss Advisor
Charlie joined the sight loss sector having previously worked in customer services, he was incredibly excited to be joining the team. Charlie loves working with people. A few years ago he helped set up a new youth group in his local community and still enjoys volunteering there today. Charlie has lived in Wiltshire all his life and plans to move to Bristol. In his free time Charlie enjoys taking the dog for a walk and playing board games with friends.
Paula Hickey, Rehabilitation Officer
Paula is originally from East London. She has worked as a Rehabilitation Officer in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area for over 23 years with BRSB, Action for Blind People, the RNIB and now with us at Sight Support West. When not working she enjoys weekends away visiting friends and family all over the country and lots of walking along the coast and in the countryside.
Tracy Sharples, Services Coordinator
Tracy joined the team in January 2021. She previously worked in the education sector in Special Educational Needs both within the Council and within mainstream and special schools. She lives in West Wiltshire with her partner who is DeafBlind, and his Guide Dog Kernow. She enjoys dog walks with Kernow, who has a big personality and is full of beans.
Jo Hindle, Retail Development Manager
Jo joined the team in March 2021. Jo has over 8 years Charity Retail and E-commerce experience with both national and local charities, opening and developing charity shops. When she is not at work, Jo is kept busy with her Dogue De Bordeaux Winnie and renovating her home with her partner, and loves the occasional Netflix Duvet-Day!
Sight Support provides local services for people living with sight loss across Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset and South Gloucestershire and in Wiltshire under the banner of Wiltshire Sight.
Sight Support is a UK registered charity no. 1178384.