VisionPK has a knowledgeable and experienced Board overseeing its work. We are also fortunate in having an active and engaged President, in Mrs Valerie Wares. Find out more below.
Valerie has been VisionPK’s President since 2018 xx
Alannah is a graduate of International Human Resource Management and through professional practice has developed specialist experience in working with employee engagement, customer relationship management, modern slavery prevention and equality, diversity & inclusion in the workplace. Her appointment at Vision PK has been driven by her passion to use her experience to support the local community who have sight and/or hearing loss.
Mike is a semi-retired social worker, having worked most of his career as a senior manager and director in the voluntary sector with Capability Scotland. Since 2003 Mike has had his own business as an independent social worker providing consultancy, training and expert witness services. He worked part time for Perth and Kinross Council as a coordinator of out of hours social work, retiring in 2019. Mike has lectured for the Open University since 2004 on various social work, social care and health modules, and is trustee for a number of voluntary sector organisations.
George is partially sighted as a consequence of a degenerative genetic condition called Cone Dystrophy. VisionPK were instrumental in helping him adapt after he was compelled to retire from DM Hall Chartered Surveyors as a partner. George joined the board in 2018 so he could “give back” and hopefully help others who found themselves in a similar position. He remains a Consultant to DM Hall and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). George enjoys playing golf and is a keen skier.
Sandy Pearson (Chair)
Sandy’s first contact with VisionPK happened when he was asked to help with the Talking News service. The service was planning to move from tapes to CDs but the team did not have the skills to do this. As Sandy worked in the IT sector all his working life, he was approached and asked to help. Having established the digital recording of the Talking News, VisionPK asked for help creating recorded versions of such things as the newsletter and annual report. From there, he ended up producing the newsletter and creating the first web site for what was then Perth & Kinross Society for the Blind.
At this time, the then Chair of PKSB, Ginette Macwilliam, was also involved with the Talking News service. Ginette asked him to join the Board and he was duly co-opted onto the Board being fully elected at the subsequent AGM. When Ginette retired, he was elected as Chair of the Board and, during his time as Chair, has seen significant changes. In particular, the adoption of the ‘Seeing it My Way’ approach to providing services to people with a visual impairment, improving our service to our clients. Also, we introduced hearing services, providing a fuller service for people with a sensory impairment.
Beena, who joined VisionPK’s Board in 2019, brings knowledge, skill and understanding of visual impairment from both a personal and professional perspective. She was a local GP for 17 years and has been visually impaired since 2014. Beena has continued to work since 2014, thanks to the help and advice given to her by VisionPk. She is currently a ‘portfolio GP’ and joint clinical e health lead for NHS Tayside. She also works in ‘out of hours’ and with a GP surgery in Dundee.
J Brian Scott
Brian was invited to become a Trustee following the AGM in 2017. He accepted with some trepidation because he was entering his eightieth year and suffered from impaired hearing.
Brian spent forty years in the Civil Service during which time he gained experience of administration, personnel, accommodation and management to a senior level. On retirement he was involved for some years in promoting Quality Management and Investors in People Scotland. His interests are family, including six grandchildren ranging in age from 8 to 23, gardening and angling, though he says the ‘trout are becoming too cute for me.’