iSightCornwall Board of Trustees
Here at iSightCornwall, we are lucky to be governed by a fantastic board of trustees from a number of different backgrounds. Our trustees meet on a regular basis to discuss the charity’s vision, mission and strategic direction.
Mel Colton-Dyer (Chair)
Mel Colton-Dyer was, until recently, the Chief Operating Officer at Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. Her passions are quality, achievement and people. She believes in responsiveness, trust and open communication. Mel loves to think creatively and see solutions rather than problems. Mel represents the wider business community on a number of boards and steering groups and is also a trustee for The Aspire Academy Trust.
Clare Green is Financial Controller for Cornish Mutual. She moved to Cornwall from London in 2011, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in the City as a Forensic Accountant. Clare now lives on a Farm with her husband and twins, who arrived in early 2018 and loves being able to walk the coastal path and enjoy the beautiful Cornish countryside. She is very much looking forward to plenty of trips to the beach with her children as they grow up, as she still can’t believe how close she lives to the sea.
Ian McCormick has been a senior manager of various universities large and small across the UK for the past 20 years and specialises in external fundraising and contract management in research and service areas. He moved to Cornwall in 2010 and set up his own management consultancy business in 2015 as part of a strategy to stay in Cornwall. Over the years, Ian has been involved with several charities, including the Prince’s Trust, Operation Raleigh, and the German Institute for the Blind. He is married with two young daughters and enjoys wild swimming in his free time. Sight loss is a subject close to Ian’s heart as he was diagnosed with glaucoma in 2015.
Ian Pullum has a family history of eye care and has been working in the industry for over 40 years; his brother is an optometrist and father used to manufacture lenses and spectacles from prescriptions. Originally from Romford in Essex, Ian married and moved to Cornwall in 1978; he worked in Batemans in Falmouth and turned self-employed in 2012. Ian was previously a Trustee for iSightCornwall for seven years, after a break, he has chosen to stand again for a further seven years. He enjoys football, cricket and rugby, classical music and opera, photography, travel, theatre and walking. His late wife Jane was heavily involved with the charity, running monthly sessions at The Sight Centre, in her memory Ian has remained a committed member of the Board.
Joe returned to the board in 2016 after a year’s absence. Joe is visually impaired and will be well known to most of you as a regular part of the Helston Shooting Club, the VIP Facebook group and the Young at Heart Club. Joe represents the views of visually impaired people across Cornwall.
Stephen was born in London but moved to the Lizard peninsula in 1964. After leaving the local Grammar School, Stephen spent a short spell working for a local garage before gaining an apprenticeship with British Telecom at the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station. Stephen’s eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa, led to him leaving his employment with British Telecom in 1993.
Stephen has three grown-up daughters and is currently the Director of Research at ADI Access Ltd, the creator of the ‘RoomMate’, an electronic, wall-mounted device, which offers Blind and Visually Impaired visitors bespoke audio description in a disabled access toilet. Stephen, is extremely active and is a member of CRAB (Cornwall Rowing Association for the Blind), a member of the Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee and the Captain of CABS (Cornwall Association of Blind Shooters). He recently received a tandem bicycle from iSightCornwall, which he rides with fellow Trustee, Joe Stinton.
William Westlake is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Royal Cornwall Hospital with specialist interests in glaucoma, cataract and eye-lid and lacrimal surgery. He has lived in Cornwall for more than 15 years and previously worked in London, Exeter, Bristol and Perth (Western Australia). William does not have a visual impairment himself but is interested in working to improve the lives of visually impaired people.
When not working, William enjoys spending time with his wife and three young adult children (when they are around) in the beautiful Cornish countryside and beaches, and weather permitting fits in an occasional round of golf.