I am a sixty-something husband, father and grandfather, a realist, an entrepreneur and at times I can even be a tad cynical.
I have always been self-employed and initially I trained as a ladies and gent’s hairdresser (with Vidal Sassoon in London). I am a part-qualified accountant, and I have also worked as a business consultant, a photographer and a university and college lecturer. Above all I am a people person which is why I applied to work with the Northumberland Sight Loss Council.
In 2015 I suffered a stress-related trauma to my right eye and as a result I became partially sighted, (although it took until December 2019 to become officially registered as such). Being registered was a shock to my system and it took me a while to adjust to the official confirmation of my disability.
My limited sight has presented many difficulties for me, perhaps most importantly I cannot drive anymore, and this has severely limited my independence. I cannot help but notice how everyday activities are made so much more difficult for people like me when a simple fix is usually available. From my own recent experience these include things such as a yellow line on steps to identify where the edge is, adequate lighting in shops and offices and a transfer on a glass door so it can be seen more easily.
I am looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to advise and help others as part of the Northumberland Sight Loss Council.