Insight Gloucestershire have a small team based in Gloucestershire, and a support team shared with Sight Support West of England
Meet our Gloucestershire Team
Bev Dibdin – Community Sight Loss Advisor (Gloucester & Stroud)
Responsible for providing our Information, Advice and Guidance Service for people with sight loss in the Gloucester and Stroud districts of Gloucestershire. I am a Mum and a Grandma and have lived with sight loss since I was 12 years old. Helping sight impaired clients and being able to relate to them is a really rewarding role which I enjoy very much.
Mark Bailey – Community Sight Loss Advisor (Tewkesbury and Cheltenham)
Responsible for providing our Information, Advice and Guidance Service for people with sight loss in the Tewkesbury and Cheltenham districts of Gloucestershire. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling to different countries, visiting National Trust properties and socialising at local beer festivals.
Steph McKeever – Community Sight Loss Advisor (Cotswolds)
I have worked for Insight as a Sight Loss Advisor since 2009. Outside of work I enjoy reading and going for walks and have completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology with the Open University. Steph is responsible for providing our Information, Advice and Guidance Service for people with sight loss in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire.
Mary Woolley - Relationship Fundraiser & CSLA Team Manager
I was registered sight impaired in 2004 due to bilateral uveitis and glaucoma, and at that point gave up my career as a teacher. Shortly afterwards, I volunteered at Insight and in 2006 became a Trustee. I joined Insight as a part time Grants Officer in 2018. More recently, I have become responsible for Fundraising. Do get in touch with me if you want to help! In my spare time I enjoy attending concerts, pub quizzes, meeting friends, playing bridge, traveling, and reading.
Meet the support team from Sight Support West of England
Glenda Prall, Head of Services
Glenda joined the team in November 2018, having worked in the charity sector for over 20 years in a range of service delivery, fundraising and volunteer management roles. Glenda lives in North Wiltshire with her husband and their three children.
Becs Thurgur, Volunteer Coordinator
Becs lives in Bristol and joined Sight Support in August 2019. She previously worked as a Children, Young People and Families Coordinator for RNIB. In this role she was organising day activities and residential events for children and their families. She has lots of experience working alongside teams 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.
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 at that point, 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 regular bike ride from Bath to our Bristol office keeps him fit!
Jen Hall, Head of Fundraising
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.
Karen Cole, Admin and Communications Officer
Karen and her guide dog Molly joined the team in 2021. Her background includes running her own retail and online businesses and working in administration for several organisations. She is passionate that vision loss doesn’t have to mean an end to enjoying life. She has many leisure pursuits including visually impaired tennis, crochet, art, walking, Pilates and two book clubs!
Jordon Rooke, Customer Service Representative
Jordon joined the team in 2023 through our internship program as a Customer Service Representative. He is Severely sight impaired with a genetic condition that affects his peripheral vision. From the age of 15 he volunteered at an after school/holiday club for children but as his eye condition worsened, he changed career path more towards admin work. Outside of work, he can be found gaming with friends all around the world.
All of our team are friendly and passionate about helping people affected by sight loss. You are very welcome to call or email us.