Sally joined the board of Visualise in August 2017. A former Deputy Head of the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, Sally has over 30 years’ experience in education and specialised in teaching those with a visual impairment. She was awarded a Master’s Degree in Teaching the Visually Impaired in 2011.
Sally has volunteered in Tamil Nadu, South India, for over 20 years, setting up a classroom to provide education for children aged 6 months to 6 years; she also set up a charitable trust to aid this work. Sally continues to visit annual and to fundraise to ensure that this vital work continues.
Sally is passionately supportive of parents of children with visual impairment and other complex needs. Sally has been known to Visualise since its inception and many of the people we support are her former pupils.
Sally retired in 2014. She is married with two grown-up daughters.
Joyce joined the Visualise board in 2017. Both of her children have or had visual impairment through a congenital condition, meaning that Joyce has worked with a wide range of organisations specialising in visual impairment over the years. Joyce’s son attended Visualise day services until he sadly passed away in March 2017. Joyce is delighted that being on the board has enabled to her to stay a part of the lives of the people and families supported by Visualise
Joyce is a Development Officer for Headway East Lothian and is a member of numerous groups and committees owing to her work, including the Scottish Development Committee and the Scottish Head Injury forum and she is on the planning committee for the Headway in Scotland Best Relaxation and Activity Weekend. Joyce brings both a personal and professional perspective to her role as Trustee.
Joyce lives in Dunbar with her husband and daughter.
Lorene works in the field of autism and has over 15 years’ experience of working in public, academic and third sector organisations. She has a PhD in Biological Sciences from Oxford University, a Masters in Special Education Autism from Birmingham University and undertook 8 years of post-doctoral research at Princeton University in the US and at the University of Edinburgh.
Lorene’s work involves assisting the families of those with autism to access diagnoses, education and behavioural services, and the development of health care plans. Lorene has worked for three years planning and delivering the Autism Strategy for Clackmannanshire and Stirling. This work achieved a gold COSLA Excellence Award in October 2016.
Lorene joined the board in 2018. Her son, who has autism, epilepsy and Lyme disease, is supported by Visualise. He has always been a source of inspiration and it is with continued love and care that Lorene chose to join the board and support the good quality work Visualise delivers to support vulnerable individuals with complex needs.