Our Team

Meet the Sight Support and Wiltshire Sight team

Alan Whetherly, Senior Sight Loss Advisor

Photo of Alan WhetherlyAlan 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, as well as delivering sight loss awareness training in the Hotel and Tourism sector.  Alan was national champion for visually impaired tennis in 2011 & 2012 and he has completed 14 marathons.


Alison Richmond, Community Sight Loss Advisor

Photo of Alison RichmondAlison 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.


Karen Cole, Admin and Communications Officer

Karen ColeKaren 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!


Zoë Austen, Rehabilitation Officer

Zoe Austen, Rehabilitation OfficerZoë has worked as a Rehabilitation Officer in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area for over 24 years with Bristol Royal Society for the Blind, Action for Blind People, RNIB and now with Sight Support West of England.


Glenda Prall, Head of Services

Glenda Prall, Head of ServicesGlenda 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 Monk, FundraiserKaren grew up in Wiltshire and was educated in Bath.  She lives in Trowbridge with her little dog and her daughter.  She 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 fundraising; from applying for grants to being creative and making craft items to sell, as well as socialising with people.


Marc Gulwell, Senior Sight Loss Advisor

Photo of Marc Gulwell

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

Photo of Mike SilveyMike 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!


Sarah O’Rourke, Community Sight Loss Advisor

Photo of Sarah O'RourkeSarah joined Wiltshire Sight in 2015, and has done various roles during her time, including Assistive Technology and Resource Coordinator, Family Support Worker, and now Community Sight Loss Advisor.  Sarah also leads on our support for children with sight loss and their families, including organising regular events and linking families for peer support. Outside of work Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, socialising and relaxing with friends.


Claire Davenport, Community Sight Loss Advisor

Head and shoulders photo of ClaireBefore joining Wiltshire Sight, Claire worked in the IT profession for many years, most recently in Computing careers outreach work with children and teachers. She has informally supported family and friends with their sight-loss issues and visual impairments and has encouraged the use of visual aids and assistive technology to improve their day-to-day living conditions.  Claire volunteers for “Every Cloud” arts and crafts collective in Swindon and is a Pet Portrait artist.


Jen Hall, Fundraising Manager

Photo of Jen HallJen 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

Photo of Becs ThurgurBecs 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.


Charlie Meilton, Community Sight Loss Advisor

Photo of Charlie MeiltonCharlie joined the sight loss sector having previously worked in customer services, and was incredibly excited to be joining our team! He 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. 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

Photo of Paula HickeyPaula 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.

 


Jo Hindle, Retail Development Manager

Jo Hindle, Retail Development ManagerJo joined the team in March 2021. She has over 8 years Charity Retail and E-commerce experience with both national and local charities, opening and developing charity shops. Outside work, Jo is kept busy with her Dogue De Bordeaux Winnie and renovating her home with her partner.  She also loves the occasional Netflix Duvet-Day!

 


Becca Buchanan, Shop Manager

Becca BuchananOur new shop manager in Salisbury, Becca is a retail manager with over 30 years retail experience, including 5 years managing charity shops.  “Running a charity shop means that every day is fun and unique – I love meeting new people and learning new skills, so this job is perfect for me.” Outside of work, Becca’s passions are art, design and reading.

 


Vicky Sankey, Shop Supervisor

Vicky Sankey

Vicky has experience in a wide range of industries, pooling her skills and knowledge into her role as Supervisor at our first charity shop in Salisbury. With two years of experience in the charity retail industry, Vicky loves customer service and prides herself in her work with Wiltshire Sight everyday.

 


All of our team are friendly and passionate about helping people affected by sight loss.  You are very welcome to call or email us.

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