Country and Regional Representatives

Visionary country and regional groups are a forum for members in each area to come together to share information, best practice, learn and offer peer support across the Visionary network.

They are chaired by one of the Visionary’s member organisations from each country or region.

Each country or region has a dedicated lead from the core Visionary team who is the point of contact for the members within this geography. We work closely with the country or regional representatives and partners to create cohesive approach within each area and increase understanding of what is happening across the country.

Scotland

Country Representative: Gwen McCreath, Vision PK
Visionary Country Lead: Fiona Sandford


Wales

Country Representative: Rebecca Phillips, Wales Council for the Blind (WCB)
Visionary country Lead: Fiona Sandford


England

South West Association Network (SWAN)

Covers: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire
Regional Representative: Mike Silvey, Sight Support West of England
Visionary Regional Lead: Sarah Halliwell


South East and London

Covers: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire (Including the Isle of Wight), Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex
Regional Representative – Nik Demetriades, 4SIGHT Vision Support
Visionary Regional Lead – Lucy Williams


 

East

Covers: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk
Regional Representative: Gina Dormer, Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind
Visionary Regional Leads: Sarah Halliwell and Lucy Williams


Midlands

Covers: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Rutland and Walsall
Regional Representative: Susan Hoath, Vista
Visionary Regional Lead: Sarah Halliwell


North West

Covers: Merseyside, Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria
Regional Representative: David Anderson, Accrington and District Association for the Blind
Visionary Regional Lead: Amy Pearman


Yorkshire

Covers: North, South, East and West Yorkshire
Regional Representative: Hayley Grocock, Wakefield District Sight Aid
Visionary Regional Lead: Fiona Sandford and Amy Pearman


North East

Covers: County Durham, Northumberland, Teeside and Tyneside
Regional Representative: Sarah French, Vision and Hearing Support
Visionary Regional Lead: Amy Pearman


Membership Consultancy Group (MCG)

The Member Consultancy Group (MCG) represents the wider Visionary member and is comprises of the Chairperson from each country and regional group and the Visionary CEO. The Membership Consultative Group and represents the wider Visionary membership and aims to do achieve the following:

  • Provide a strategic focus to share country and regional intelligence, good practice and developments.
  • Be a non-decision-making body that provides constructive feedback on Visionary’s strategy and active projects.
  • Bring voices from different countries and regions together to share and learn on topics that resonate with a wider region to encourage peer-to-peer support, problem solving, cross regional/country working and constructive debate.
  • Provide an opportunity for a two-way dialogue with Visionary members to share information, give and receive feedback on current operations, priorities and initiatives.
  • Provide a forum to facilitate full engagement and active debate amongst the regions and countries of the Visionary network, with the aim of reaching, wherever possible, a cohesive and balanced membership perspective to help Visionary decide on strategic direction and service offering.
  • Provide feedback to the wider membership on developments, information, actions and decisions made.

Find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about the country or regional groups, or would like to become a representative, please contact visionary@visionary.org.uk.

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