Alan Whetherly, Sight Advisor
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.
Ali McBrine, Sight Advisor
Ali has lived in Wiltshire for 20 years, moving from West Drayton, Middlesex to Melksham. She is married with three children and three grandchildren. Prior to joining Vision West of England in May 2018 as a Sight Advisor, Ali worked in Health and Social Care as a Support Worker. Ali is a member of Devizes Musical Theatre and loves visiting the theatre and cinema with family and friends.
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.
Lorna Hiscock, Resources and Technology Coordinator
Lorna joined Wiltshire Sight in 2017 after working as a Community Carer while raising her four children who are currently in primary, secondary school and sixth form. Lorna first joined the team in Devizes as a Sight Advisor, before taking up the role of Resource and Technology Coordinator in 2018. Outside work Lorna has a very active life, enjoying spending time with her family and friends, and she enjoys a good day at the beach to unwind no matter what the weather.
Marc Gulwell, Activities and Development Officer
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!
Nicola Jackson, Business and Finance Manager
Nicola grew up in Melksham where she currently lives. Nicola started her career working with early years and primary school-aged children, developing and managing an early morning and after-school club and also working as a one-to-one Teaching Assistant for children with Special Educational Needs. While her two children were young, Nicola trained as a Bookkeeper, and in June 2017 she joined Wiltshire Sight as their Business and Finance Manager. Nicola spends any free time she has developing her interior design skills.
Sarah O'Rourke, Family 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.
Toby Davey, Business and Innovations Manager
Toby graduated from Cheltenham and Gloucester College in 1996 with a degree in Photography. He then moved to London to set himself up as a freelance photographer before finding his way into working on radio programmes at the BBC. Prior to joining VWE Toby spent 12 years as Deputy Director of VocalEyes the national charity providing access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people. Toby has had problems with his sight since birth, but this has not stopped him enjoying life to the full, he has successfully represented Great Britain at National, International and World Blind Sailing Championships.