The members of the Trustee Board bring great individual expertise and experience to their roles. Together, they ensure that Devon in Sight delivers the best possible service to blind and partially sighted people in Devon.
Dr Adrian Jacobs (Chairman)
Adrian Jacobs spent 20 years as a General Practitioner followed by 12 years’ experience as a Director of Primary Care for South and West Devon Health Authority and Torbay Care Trust.
He has wide experience in working with practices and practitioners in difficulty and has worked as Medical Director in Leicester, Devon and in the private sector. Adrian also works for NHS Employers as a member of their Care GP Contract Negotiating Team and leads Quality and Outcomes Framework negotiations.
In 2013 Adrian became Medical Director for Serco Health to ensure their readiness for revalidation and also became Medical Director of The Huntercombe Group.
Adrian has recently retired but hopes that his experience of Commissioning Third Sector Services for the NHS will help Devon in Sight respond to commissioning opportunities.
Richard Shuker (Interim Chair / Vice Chairman)
Richard works as a housing specialist for Action for Blind People.
With sight loss himself, Richard has a long association with the South West having attended the RNIB Manor House in Torquay 25 years ago. As part of his role at Action for Blind People he delivers the Living with Sight Loss Course for people who have recently become visually impaired or feel they need to know more. Richard is also a member of Healthwatch. He is involved with local groups and charities and always looking to reduce people’s isolation and increase access to information.
Steve is a professionally qualified accountant and a member of both the Chartered Certified Accountants and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
He spent nearly 40 years in the Water Industry where he held a number of senior roles in operational finance, planning and financial management. Although now retired he keeps busy looking after Devon in Sight accounts and those of a local Credit Union.
Fiona Hiscox is an experienced Optometrist with a career of over 30 years in eye care. Her current roles focus her attention on improving access to, and the quality of, eye care delivery. She has a lecturing post at the School of Optometry, Plymouth University and received a Plymouth University Pioneers Award in 2012. She also works on the Local Optical Committee.
Her previous roles in primary care, secondary care and the voluntary sector have allowed her to develop experience and insight into clinical practices, the roles of clinical personnel involved, and the networking required to facilitate the further support of patients receiving eye care by social services and the voluntary sector.
Judy has extensive experience in the voluntary sector as a fundraiser at Children’s Hospice South West and a committee member of numerous community based organisations.
She is the Chair of Trustees for the Ockment Centre in Okehampton and has been working as a volunteer for this organisation since 1998.
In 2015 she was appointed the South West Regional Manager for the Macular Society. Her father has macular degeneration and she has been pleased to be able to help others with Macular Disease across the South West.
It was her enthusiasm and can do attitude which lead to her being invited to join the Devon in Sight Board.
Since joining us she supported us to set up one of our West Devon Community Sight Loss Hubs at the Okement Centre in Okehampton and we are supporting her in setting up new Macular Groups.