Our Team of Trustees

Jon Parsons

Jon Parsons

Chair of Trustees

Jon joined the board and became Chair of Trustees in 2011. His wife is visually impaired, with complex eye conditions that have resulted in them having a significant amount of experience of the NHS eyecare services.

Having run his own Management consultancy company and having spent much of his career as a Personnel Director he brings experience in H.R, business and strategy. He has also performed several influential roles including Non-Exec Director – Chair of Audit for Worcestershire Mental Health NHS, Independent Assessor – Welsh Assembly Government, Trust Tutor – The Leadership Trust, Chair of Governors -Upton-upon-Severn Primary School

In his spare time, he enjoys walking with his wife, playing clarinet and saxophone and he plays a key role in the organising of the Upton Jazz Festival.

Elizabeth Baio

Elizabeth Baio

Vice Chair of Trustees

Elizabeth has been involved with Sight Concern for over 20 years.

A retired social worker for people with sight loss and also registered blind herself, she brings a wealth of experience. Elizabeth has been an ambassador for people with sight loss for several decades, representing the needs and desires of people on committees such as the County Councils Sensory Impairment Consultative group. She is also involved with several other visual impairment charities including volunteering on the Helpline for Retina UK. She is often out and about in Worcester with her Guide Dog Jasmine.  

Chris Tallents

Chris Tallents

Trustee

Although now retired, Chris brings all the specialist knowledge gained during his career in the field of Ophthalmology. From 1964 Chris fulfilled a high number of posts at a variety of hospitals in the UK and further afield. His previous roles include Clinical Director of Surgery, Senior Surgeon and Medical Director in Kidderminster. In addition to this he worked as an Ophthalmic Medical Practitioner in Kidderminster and acted as Chairman of the Medical Eye Centre Association.

He served in the Territorial Army medical services for 21 years, finally ending up as second in command of a Field Hospital unit.

Chris enjoys spending his retirement looking after his collection of classic vehicles.

Mr. Ian Bowers

Mr. Ian Bowers

Trustee

Ian joined the board in 2014 when he was preparing for his retirement from his role as Director of Specsavers in Redditch. He was a qualified dispensing Optician, during his career he was head of contact lenses and head of training for a large multiple optician and had his own contact lens fitting service in north of England for 10 years

Ian spent 40 years working with different visual impairment charities. This included printing a monthly braille magazine which was distributed in 32 different countries. Organising weekends for people who are blind and deaf blind. Working in south east Asia for over 10 years, assessing, training and organising, resulting in the setting up of an eye hospital in Cambodia. As well as working in different African countries, testing and supplying spectacles and setting up vision centres within hospitals.

Shirley Sheridan

Shirley Sheridan

Trustee

Shirley lost her sight in her early thirties and spent 14 years not knowing that there was support available. She became involved with Sight Concern when she moved to Worcestershire in 2010. Over subsequent years she learnt new skills and developed confidence through support. She joined the board of trustees in 2014.

Shirley has thrown her heart and soul into helping other people come to terms with sight loss and spread the word about how the charity can help. She took on an ambassadorial role, going around the county giving talks about her experience of sight loss and how Sight Concern helped her to adapt, to different groups and organisations in the county; raising significant donations as a result. She is also a real adrenaline junky and takes part in almost any challenge we throw her way including wing walking, abseiling and zip wires, thankfully she leaves her Guide Dog Taylor at home on these days.

Victoria Merrett

Victoria Merrett

Trustee

Victoria joined the board in 2017 and provides an invaluable connection to many of the Optical professionals across Worcestershire. She is a practising Optometrist, having owned Actons Opticians in Worcester since 2003.

Victoria is Vice Chair of Worcestershire Local Optical Committee (LOC) which represents Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians in their dealings with the NHS in Worcestershire. She is also a Director of Primary Eyecare (Herefordshire and Worcestershire) Ltd and acts as Commissioning Lead for the LOC.

Victoria is member and past president of a local Rotary club and enjoys playing an active role in fundraising and community projects.

Edward Mackenzie

Edward Mackenzie

Trustee

Edward is director of Mackenzie Software Consulting who provide software consulting and development services. He has been working in the IT sector since graduating from Cambridge University in 2012 with a degree in Engineering (specialising in computer and information engineering).  He previously worked for local company Borwell, at a senior level, helping to guide and develop internal IT infrastructure and grow the company, including ensuring that their IT systems supported their needs and conformed to government standards on data security and information assurance.

 
Chris Orr

Chris Orr

Trustee

Chris is a Corporate Banking Manager, currently working for Handelsbanken Worcester, having progressed his career in banking since 2010.  He has a keen eye for scrutinising the charities finances.

Chris’ passion for supporting people with sight loss started at a young age, when his father worked at New College Worcester. He was involved in many activities with the visually impaired students, which included volunteering and accompanying them on trips, serving food at the annual leaver’s dinners, speaking at careers days, and more.

Chris is n active member of the business community, taking part in charity events including running the London marathon for Wooden Spoon in 2019. He was Chair and Co-founder of Worcestershire Advance – a not for profit membership organisation aimed at providing support to developing professionals, business owners and individuals across Worcestershire – and he is currently a Director of the Worcestershire Ambassadors.

 
Phil Mackenzie

Phil Mackenzie

Trustee

A retired solicitor and judge having had a long career spanning across a variety of legal areas.  He owned his own solicitors’ practice covering a wide range of high street work, a variety of commercial property work, family law and general litigation including personal injury, work plus a niche practice in prisoners’ rights.

He left his business partnership in 1996 to become a full-time judge, dealing with the whole range of civil and family work in the County, Family and High Court.

In retirement he has been appointed Deputy District Judge to include Care and Court of Protection work on a casual part time basis. 

Phil’s attention to detail and understanding of the legal system and the language used, is of particular assistance to the charity, ensuring that we are complying with the rules and regulation that govern us. 

 

 

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