Devon in Sight has a dedicated team of staff who aim to deliver the best possible services to blind and partially sighted people in Devon.
Grahame became Devon in Sight’s Chief Executive Officer in April 2013, and since then has been working tirelessly developing our services and building relationships with partner agencies to ensure that the people of Devon affected by sight loss receive the best possible service.
Prior to this he was a Police Officer for 14 years specialising as a Detective. He subsequently moved into the voluntary sector working in the senior management of an HIV and Sexual Health Charity covering Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
Grahame is Vice Chairman of Sensory Link South West linking Sensory Service Providers across the South West to work in partnership to improve the quality of life for people with sensory loss. He is also Vice Chairman of the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) Steering Group for Exeter and Torbay. He has recently been asked by NHS England to lead the Devon Local Eye Health Network Task and Finish Group researching the Adult Eye Care Pathway.
Julian has been involved with disability charities, as both a volunteer and trustee for over 25 years. He was also an elected Governor for a Mental Health Trust in Cambridgeshire.
He was previously a Director of a regional disability charity for 11 years with responsibility for fundraising, business development, marketing, user involvement, organisational strategy, public policy and research.
At Devon in Sight he is responsible for business development and grant funding. He has also introduced a CRM customer database, financial accounting software and an EPOS trading system, and has helped develop an outcomes framework for our services. Julian was also involved in setting up the South West Associations Network (SWAN) for local Sight Loss Charities in the South West.
Julian has a particular interest in supporting people with sight loss to be able to use Assistive Technology, and volunteers with the East Anglian Sailing Trust which provides sailing opportunities for people with sight loss.
Laura comes to Devon in Sight with her 10 years’ fundraising experience in the charity sector, namely with national charities such as The National Autistic Society and The National Deaf Children’s Society.
Laura’s area of expertise in project and event management expertise has played a huge role within the third sector, with the planning and delivery of a number of mass participation events over the years, such as The London Marathon, The Great North Run, and Tough Mudder, and has helped raise nearly half a million pounds collectively.
Laura’s early years in the sector were spent working in the community, and creating events to fundraise for a variety of homeless, children’s and disability charities. Building relationships and really understanding the needs of the community and the beneficiaries of the local charities.
Laura has developed through the roles over the years, and gained a strong understanding behind strategy and planning in fundraising and marketing. With her keen passion for the sector Laura will help raise the profile of Devon in Sight with those living with sight loss at the forefront of each campaign.
Jennie Benham (Office Manager)
Jennie deals with the Administration, Marketing, and Human Resources of the charity and acts as Personal Assistant to our Chief Executive Officer. She is an integral part of this friendly and dynamic charity.
She has previously worked for an independent school in Exeter, where she was Marketing Director. Whilst at the school she was responsible for setting up their databases, website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. In her last year at the school she was also Personal Assistant to the Headmaster.
She is very excited about the England Vision Strategy which represents one of the most exciting opportunities to transform eye health, eye care and sight services and will unite all of these, to improve the UK’s eye health provision.
Cathy has worked in the field of adult health and social care for over twenty five years, initially as a residential social worker for adults with learning disability and progressing through my career to differing management roles within Hertfordshire local authority. How things have changed over the years and for the greater part for the better.
During her employment with Hertfordshire Health and Community Team she was fortunate enough to be offered funding for a degree in social work and other specialist training in learning disability, dementia, autistic spectrum, health and wellbeing and community mental health. This gave her a wealth of experience in working with and for a wide range of people, teams and agencies.
she has always been passionate about the centrality of those that use services and how we work with people to shape services that meet the best possible outcomes for individuals, their families, friends and carers.
The standards of Safe, Caring, Responsive, Effective and Well – Led are the yard stick by which she continues to measure services, her practice and the experience of service users, staff, volunteers and carers.
Nanette Bolton (Sight Loss Advisor)
Nanette joined Devon in Sight in 2010 as a Sight Loss Adviser. Her role includes demonstrating equipment and responding to customer’s enquiries regarding services and products for people affected by visual impairment.
In conjunction with the Macular Society Nanette became a ‘Skills for Seeing’ Trainer teaching Eccentric Viewing and Steady Eye Technique to people with central vision loss.
Born and educated in Germany Nanette qualified and worked as a Pharmacist until she moved to England to start a family. Prior to joining Devon in Sight Nanette was a partner in a successful family catering business.
Tracey joined Devon in Sight in 2017 as Community Support Worker for East Devon.
Prior to this she worked in Marketing Events for BT and for a local firm of Chartered Accountants.
She retrained and practiced as a Therapeutic Counsellor and has recently worked for Devon Carers and on the Neighbourhood Friends project at Westbank.
She is excited about being part of the new Community Support Service and working with people with sight loss in East Devon where she lives.
Margaret has joined the Devon in Sight team in January 2018 as Community Support Worker for Mid Devon, where she lives.
She has many years’ experience of working in the charity sector, being responsible for fundraising and supporting a team of staff and volunteers and, more recently, working with young adults in the Adult Education sector.
She is passionate about providing the best possible support for people with sight loss through the Community Support Service and is looking forward to supporting the communities in mid-Devon.
(Community Support Worker – West Devon)
Rebecca joined Devon in Sight in February 2018. She is the Community Support Worker for West Devon and she lives in that area.
Rebecca joins us having previously served for 34 years with Devon and Cornwall Police. The majority of her service was in Neighbourhood policing and therefore, she is no stranger to problem solving and multi agency working.
She strongly believes that to help people improve their quality of life, it is essential to involve the person fully in that process. Consequently, she is very keen to engage with those living with sight loss in the area of west Devon, so that wherever possible, she may support them in maintaining their independence.