Sight Life appoints interim Director

8 April 2020

Sight Life, the new public name for Cardiff Institute for the Blind, is delighted to announce the appointment of Michelle Jones as its interim Director.

Michelle will start her role on 1 May, when our current Director Kieran Harris moves to Carers Trust South East Wales as its Chief Executive.

Michelle has worked for Sight Life for 34 years and held a number of roles, the most recent being Centre Manager for our public centre in Cardiff.

Michelle Jones said: “It is a huge honour to be leading such a wonderful organisation that I have been part of for so many years. I am very fortunate to have a passionate and dedicated team supporting me that will ensure the continuation and growth of services to people with sight loss enabling them to lead independent and fulfilled lives.”

Sight Life Chair, John Sanders, said: “We are delighted to appoint Michelle as our interim Director and would like to thank Kieran for his hard work and vision over the last seven years. Michelle is our longest serving member of staff and we are delighted to be able to offer her this role. The board of trustees look forward to working with Michelle to ensure we continue to make a huge difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people.”

 

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For further information, please contact Michelle Jones at [email protected]ghtlife.wales / 07711188513.

Pictured below is Michelle Jones:

Michelle Jones, Sight Life interim Director

 

Notes to editors:

Sight Life was formed in 1865 by Francis Batty Shand, the daughter of a Jamaican plantation owner.  It operates across South Wales and has offices in Swansea and Cardiff.  Its president is Welsh rugby legend Sir Garth Edwards.

 

The charity has 12 members of staff and over 80 volunteers.  Staff can visit a person at home to talk about what will make life more independent and enjoyable, provide workshops that teach simple techniques to make every day activities easier, offer social and support groups, and generally be there to provide advice and support on any problem or aspiration.

Sight Life has recently evolved its service thanks to the support of the National Lottery Community Fund, where they are now able to help people with sight loss take part in sport and leisure activities that include tennis, golf, swimming, cycling and going to the theatre.