N-Vision is governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for controlling the management and administration of the charity. They have the ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of N-Vision, ensuring that it is solvent and well-run, that it complies with Charity Law and the requirements of the Charity Commission and that it delivers the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the visually impaired people for which it was set up.
Clive Hirst – Chairman
I spent the first 30 years of my working life teaching in secondary schools in deprived areas. I chose to work with disadvantaged children because this is where the need is greatest. The last few years of my teaching career were devoted to children with physical and mental health problems.
A career change enabled me to continue working for disadvantaged people in Blackpool’s Voluntary Sector, managing projects on health, volunteering, computer recycling and business support. I became Patron of Blackpool Carers Centre after four years as Chair and am a Public Member of Spiral Health CIC. In 2006 I was the founding Chairman of Social Enterprise Solutions (UK) CIC. This business continues to support the growth of social enterprises including N-Vision. Working with Social Enterprise UK, I initiated the fast developing national Social Enterprise Places programme.
In 2009 I joined N-Vision as a member of the finance committee and was privileged to become Chairman in November 2015.
Barbara Whalley – Vice Chair
I have witnessed the work at the Princess Alexandra Home first hand as my Father has been a resident. I was impressed by the standard of all aspects of the care he received.
I joined the Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Society for the Blind in 1993. I am a Trustee of the Society, a member of the Executive President’s Fundraising Sub-Committee and a former member of the Residential and Social Care Sub-Committee.
I have been a Rest Home owner, Hotel owner and Dress Shop owner.
I was involved with the Conservative Party for many years.
I am actively involved with the Queendeans Association, based at the Queens Hotel, which involves raising funds for local charities.
I feel that the qualities I bring as a Trustee of the Society are common sense, an active interest in fundraising, which I have undertaken for many years for the Society and for the Queendeans Association, organisational skills and a general interest in the well being of local visually impaired people.
Joy was in the entertainment section of the Royal Air Force for 8 years and then spent 10 years in Repertory Theatre before becoming a hotelier in Blackpool. Although now retired as a hotelier she has a remaining interest in a local hairdressing salon.
She was a founding member of the Society’s Talking Newspaper Service over 30 years ago, along with being a past Chairman of the Society’s Appeals Committee (former name of our fund raising committee – now disbanded). Joy resigned from the Appeals Committee to become Vice-Chairman of the Talking Newspaper Sub-Committee a position she held until she became the Chairman of the Talking Newspaper in 1990. Joy is a very active Chairman being greatly involved in the running of the Talking Newspaper Service and the ‘voice’ of the Searchlight programme.
Joy is also a member of the Social and Residential Care Sub-Committee and a Trustee of the Society.
Joy’s hobbies include playing, directing and coaching for local drama groups. She is a past Chairman of Blackpool Operatic Players and lead player.
Neville was born and grew up in Blackpool and upon leaving school served his time as a tool making apprentice with A Storr’s Engineering before joining Gilberts Blackpool Ltd as an Engineering Manager in 1968. Neville had a lengthy career with Gilberts becoming Works Director in 1980 and in 1985 he was appointed Managing Director.
Additional positions that Neville has held include:
North West representative on the CBI
Vice-Chairman of the air conditioning group in HEVAC [Air Conditioning Association]
Chairman of the Lancaster and Wyre Patrons Club
Chairman of the Bowling Forum
A Member of the Blackpool Sports Council
His main hobby is playing bowls.
Neville was an advisor on the Employment Support Sub-Committee from 1989. He became a member of the Society in 1995 and joined the Employment Support Sub-Committee [previously called the Industries Sub-Committee]which disbanded in 2007.
He became a Member of the Finance Sub-Committee in January 1998 [Acting Chairman from January 2010 to July 2010] and a Trustee of the Society in March 1998.
I am 68 years old and have lived locally all of my life. I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. My hobbies include gardening, travelling, reading, music, theatre, enjoying days out with my friends and going to the gym.
I retired from the Nuclear Industry at the end of 2001 after nearly 30 years. I worked for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in the Accounts Department until 1994 and then for British Nuclear Fuels as a Contractor with the Decommissioning Team.
Since retiring I have worked as a volunteer for the PIP organization in a local nursery supporting children with special needs, sadly I had to resign because of a back injury. I then joined the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network as a member of the Cancer Partnership Group (CPG).
The CPG consists of people who are current or former patients, carers or family members of someone who has been affected by cancer and healthcare workers who provide cancer services. The group was set up to ensure that the views of people using cancer services are being heard. We work together with the shared aim of improving cancer services through shaping them at a local, regional and national level.
Local CPG meetings take place every other month and representatives from each local group attend the network meeting. As a CPG member I am also invited to attend various meetings within the network to represent patients and carers and speak up on their behalf.
I have attended various training courses since joining the CPG and I studied for a year to gain the Macmillan Cancer Support Certificate.
I also have CRB clearances to work as a volunteer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and to help out in the classroom at Lancaster Lane Primary School in Leyland, where two of my grandchildren attend.