Alan and his guide dog Judy escaped to Wiltshire in January 2018 and he joined Vision West of England 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 is expecting her first baby. Karen has worked in the charity sector for the past 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 Vision West of England, 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 Vision West of England 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 ten-year-old 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, Sight Loss Support Worker
Sarah joined Wiltshire Sight in 2015 after taking three years out of work to raise her daughter who is now seven. 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.
Katie Miles, Community Sight Loss Advisor
Katie is from Bristol where she is currently based and has been working in the Vision and Deaf sector for nearly a year. She joined VWE in April 2019. With a background in Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and British Sign Language, she loves communication and being in situations that require adaptation from a hearing and sighted world. A keen traveller and trekker she loves the outdoors and meeting new people from all walks of life. In her spare time she loves yoga, the great outdoors in all it’s glory, cats and swimming. She also lives a holistic lifestyle and is currently completing a Remedial and Sports Massage Diploma which is keeping her very busy.
Katie Endacott, Fundraising Manager
Katie lives in Berkeley and joined Vision West of England in August 2019 after moving to Gloucestershire. Katie has been working in fundraising for over a decade, ranging from higher education fundraising to fundraising for a conflict resolution charity. Outside of work, Katie volunteers with the Institute of Fundraising and her local library, and enjoys spending time exploring in the countryside.
Becs Thurgur, Volunteer Coordinator
Becs lives in Bristol and joined Vision West of England 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.
Vision West of England provides local services for people living with sight loss across Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and in Wiltshire under the banner of Wiltshire Sight.
Vision West of England is a UK registered charity no. 1178384.