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The Board of The Hertfordshire Society for the Blind is comprised of voluntary, unpaid Directors/Trustees who give of their time freely to ensure that the Society is given strategic direction and that its work is regularly reviewed.

Without its Directors/Trustees, Hertfordshire Society for the Blind could not operate as a limited company.

The Directors are appointed by the Society's Members at the company Annual General Meeting. The current Board Directors, along with short biographies are listed below:

John Warner-Smith (Chairman)

John is retired after spending 30 years as a General Practitioner in Stevenage. During that time he had particular
responsibility for purchasing or commissioning healthcare for patients, beginning with GP Fundholding and later working with PCGs, PCTs and Locality Groups and Health Authorities.  John spent much of his time trying to maximize (and then keep to) healthcare budgets. He hopes that his experience can be put to good use by the Society.  John has been a trustee of the society for two years and looks forward to the challenge of being chairman.

 

 

Edwin Godfrey

Edwin is a consultant with the law firm of CMS Cameron McKenna LLP in the City of London, and has had a long and varied career practising across a wide spectrum of business law for corporate clients.  Edwin holds a Cambridge MA degree, and was admitted as a solicitor with honours in 1971.  He is also chairman of the board of ecdp ventures limited, the commercial subsidiary of Essex Coalition of Disabled People.

 

 

Keith Harding

Keith is an ex-Corporate Bank Manager and Business Consultant, who has been involved at Board level in charities for the last 10 years and currently volunteers for Oxfam.

 

 

Alex Hickinbotham

Alex has spent a successful and varied career in the NHS as a nurse, midwife and progressed to a senior level in health service management. She is now working on a consultancy basis in strategic planning and service redesign of health. She is a qualified nurse (RN) and midwife (RM) and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA). Her key skills cover strategic planning, change and project management, financial control, business planning, governance and health and safety. In addition she has several years experience as a carer for a user of the society.

 

 

 

Gill Richardson

Gill has been associated with the Society for over twenty years both as a registered visually impaired user, volunteer and committee member. She is now researching the history of the Society in preparation for the centenary in 2015. 

 

Helen O'Kelly

Helen joined the board of The Hertfordshire Society for the Blind as a Trustee and Director in late 2013, having been a volunteer for the Charity since 2011. Helen has a wealth of experience in the field of eye health. She qualified as an Optometrist in 1992. She later went on to become Director of Clinics at City University, London - with responsibility for the clinical training of optometry undergraduates and the public clinics. She also established a Department of Health funded research network called EyeNET, which sponsored primary care based, multi-disciplinary eye-related research.  Helen is looking forward to working with HSB in their support of the visually impaired and blind in Hertfordshire.

Richard Seaman

Richard was an Executive Director and Senior Manager with global experience in both the commercial and not for profit sectors. He was the Executive Director of Abbeyfield International, based in St Albans, who provided affordable sheltered housing and extra care homes until he took semi-retirement in early 2011. He is a Batchelor of Commerce, specialising in Management Economics and has acquired relevant experience and qualifications during his 30 year career at IBM including finance and planning, ISO9000 and the re-branded Abbeyfield International, as well as running two global conferences.

 

 

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