Amar Shah is an Optometrist with his own practice as a Boots Opticians franchise in Keynsham, Bristol. He has worked with visually impaired clients for all of his professional career especially through close links with the RNIB and he currently gives talks on their living with sight loss programme. Amar also works one day a week in the eye department at Royal United Hospital in Bath. He is chair of the Avon Local Optical Committee and works nationally with the Local Optical Committee Support unit as an Optical lead. He has been a trustee of two children’s charities and has always had an active volunteering role. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his young family and when not with them getting out on his bike or running.
Fiona is Director of Regional and Country Developments with the Thomas Pocklington Trust. Immediately before this, Fiona was CEO of Visionary which is the membership organisation for sight loss charities throughout the UK. Prior to joining Visionary, Fiona was CEO of Visibility (a sight loss charity in the west of Scotland) for almost 19 years. Before joining Visibility, she was the Scottish Director of Breast Cancer Care and prior to that she worked in social action broadcasting. Fiona is a member of the Scottish Parliaments cross party group on visual impairment and she is also a trustee of two grant giving trusts, The Corra Foundation and (previously LLoyds TSB Foundation for Scotland) and The Blindcraft Trust.
Since 2006 Simon has run Inside Media, a consultancy that supports the communication needs of different organisations - be that media relations, public affairs, social media management or some mix of all of these. This work covers commercial and not for profit organisations and how they can effectively engage with different audiences and stakeholders to deliver their objectives. For a number of years Simon has worked with Goalball UK, the national governing body for the sport specifically developed for people that are blind or that have a visual impairment. Prior to establishing Inside Media, Simon worked in a number of in-house communication roles including for a drinks producer, a utility provider, for a technology business and in financial services. Simon is keenly interested in current affairs and is also an enthusiastic sports fan. An unremarkable playing career is now largely replaced by coaching football as he is convinced of the great value that can follow from participation in sport (as a participant, volunteer, or coach).