British Blind Sport is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees.

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British Blind Sport logo with name of organisation through the middle of a rugby ball with a union jack design. Underneath is a strapline “A visible difference through sport”.

Adrian Davies, Sophie Fairclough and Joelle Conway have joined the Board of Non-Executive Directors at British Blind Sport (BBS), a national charity that represents blind and partially sighted children and adults in sport and physical activity.

The new trustees, who come from a variety of professional backgrounds, bring a wealth of experience, passion and perspective to the sport and sight loss sector. They share BBS’s determination to create a visible difference through sport by developing inclusive opportunities for people with sight loss to participate in recreational activities at all levels.

I am delighted to welcome Adrian, Sophie and Joelle to the BBS Board. Each brings a range of expertise and knowledge that will complement the skills of the existing Board members and allow us to continue raising our standards of good governance. I would also like to thank our Non-Executive Finance Director Sajid, who is leaving us in early 2023. Sajid supported BBS during the challenging times of the pandemic, and we are grateful for his contribution to the charity.”

Sallie Barker, Chair of BBS

Adrian will succeed Sajid Hussain, who has served as Non-Executive Finance Director since February 2020. Adrian is the Transformation Finance Director within the Civil Aerospace sector of Rolls-Royce. He has a passion for sport and supports youth team development in his local community.

“This is a great opportunity to combine my passions for finance and sport and I am hoping to make a positive impact on this much respected charity.”

responding to his appointment, Adrian said.

Sophie has worked as a solicitor at the London-based law firm Mishcon de Reya for the past 7 years. She holds the position of Managing Associate and specialises in commercial litigation and insurance law.

"I am delighted to be appointed to the BBS Board. The charity does a tremendous amount of work with the VI Community, and I look forward to supporting its aims in any way I can. This is also a particularly exciting time to be involved with BBS in light of the upcoming World Games."

In response to her appointment as BBS’s Non-Executive Commercial Director, Sophie said.

Joelle is a marketing specialist working for multiple clients across healthcare, sport and education. She has been involved in community sport for a number of years, helping sports organisations develop strategies and products to ensure that everyone has access to sport.

“I love the work BBS does to support people in their need and passion for sport. I’m looking forward to being active in supporting the team with their exciting mission.”

With regards to her appointment as BBS’s Non-Executive Communications and PR Director, Joelle said.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall financial control and strategic direction of the Charity. BBS currently has 8 trustees who work to ensure that blind and partially sighted people in the UK have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and participate in physical activity. They meet on a regular basis throughout the year to review BBS’s policies and receive reports from senior management.

All trustees work for BBS in a voluntary capacity and have been appointed for an initial term of three years. BBS’s Board of Trustees is chaired by Sallie Barker, who took up the position in 2019.

If you would like to find out more about trustee positions or volunteering for BBS, please email or visit the BBS website.


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