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Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees, of which 40% are registered blind, are highly skilled and bring a wide range of experience and enthusiasm to SRSB. They are all actively involved in the society aside from their duties as Trustees.

Mr A.P. Cooper, FCA, Chairman

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Tony joined the Trustees at SRSB in 2006, taking over from Peter Lee as Chairman in 2015. He is a retired Chartered Accountant who, for over the last 20 years of his career, was the Group Finance Director and Company Secretary of Henry Boot PLC.

He has served as High Sheriff of South Yorks, is a past President of the Sheffield and District Society of Chartered Accountants and served on the National Council of the Institute for nine years. He recently stepped down as a Trustee of Museums Sheffield, but retains a number of other non- executive interests.

Mr S. Blacksell

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Stephen joined our Trustees in 2014.

Stephen is a Partner at DLA Piper UK LLP. He moved to Sheffield from London in 1995 and joined Dibb Lupton Broomhead, the firm now known as DLA Piper, which has evolved into one of the largest law firms in the world. He became a partner there in 2000 and specialises in Real Estate. Stephen acted for the Society in the successful redevelopment of the Society's Mappin Street premises and became interested in the work of the Society in the course of that transaction. He became a Trustee in 2014. Stephen is a keen sportsman and Captains the Yorkshire County over 50's squash team. He lives with his wife, two daughters and son at Hunters Bar.

Mr B. Campbell

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Brian first became a Trustee at SRSB in 1995. He has been registered blind from childhood. He studied politics at Sheffield University and went on to undertake social work training at Edinburgh and Sheffield Universities. He later obtained a Diploma in Psychotherapy at Sheffield University.

Brian worked as a social worker in Sheffield for 32 years, working in both the voluntary and statutory sectors and with a range of client groups including families, older people, hospital patients and, latterly, disabled children and their families. He also did a small amount of private psychotherapy practice and supervised trainees on the Sheffield University Psychotherapy Course. After retiring in 2006, he continued his work on SRSB's Trustee Board and became a member of SRSB’s Service Development Committee. He also became involved with Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care, where he was a Trustee for approximately 7 years.

Brian is a keen musician and has a Diploma in Music from the Open University. He plays accordion in a local ceilidh band and, along with his wife, is a resident musician for a Scottish dance demonstration team. He also plays oboe and cor anglais in The Endcliffe Orchestra and sings in a church choir.


Mr R. Frost

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Richard Frost joined the Board in 2016. Richard is Hawsons Chartered Accountants' managing partner and is responsible for a wide range of commercial audit clients and family businesses. He began his career with one of the major international firms, working initially in Sheffield and then in the USA. He is a member of the Technical Strategy Board of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has been a trustee of a number of local charities and a past president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.


Mr E. Hill

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Euin Hill joined the Board in 2008, shortly after retiring from a career of 35 years in the Civil Service. Registered blind when he was 17 years old, Euin went into full-time education and has a degree in Psychology, and an HND in Business Studies. He has worked in rehabilitation centres, careers guidance, staff training, computer systems, health and safety, and a wide range of national network developments in close liaison with government ministers and industry.

He was the Chair of the Department of Education’s Disability Group for many years, helping to improve equality of opportunity at work.  He has just joined the ‘Blind Bowlers’, plays competitively with the England & Wales Blind Golf Association, and would like to develop opportunities for blind golfers locally.

Ms K Hulse  

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Katrina Hulse joined our Trustees in 2014.

Katrina is a Senior Associate at Peacock and Smith. She was previously Director of the Sheffield and Leeds offices of a national planning consultancy. Katrina is also qualified as a barrister and was called to the Bar in November 2015.


Mr P.W. Lee, CBE

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Peter first became involved with SRSB in 1974 and became Chairman in 1998 before standing down as Chairman in 2015, although he remains an active member of the board. Peter is very supportive of the staff, clients and volunteers at SRSB and is regularly involved at our events.

Peter had a long career in the Steel and Engineering Industries as the head of a large family business. He has served as Vice Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and Master Cutler.

Mrs C. Pattison

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Catherine Pattison joined the SRSB Board in March 2013. Originally from Sheffield, Catherine has a degree in Business Studies from Birmingham and a post graduate qualification in Internal Communications. After graduating she returned to Sheffield and joined Freemans for three years working in internal communications. She then joined the insurance business of The Royal Bank of Scotland in Leeds for 10 years working mainly in employee communications including employee opinion surveys, events and change communications. She is married and in between looking after her three young children does some freelance work and enjoys walking and cooking in her spare time.

Mr D.W. Shepherd

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David was educated at Ecclesall C of E, High Storrs and Manchester before practicing Optics in the family business throughout his professional career.

He was secretary of the Local Optical Committee for twenty years and involved in the inception of the Sheffield Diabetic Screening Project and other shared care ventures, also serving on the Low Vision Consultative Committee.

He joined SRSB’s Board in 1992 at the behest of Don Earl who was chairman at the time.

Miss J. Smethurst

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Julie Smethurst has been a Trustee since 1990. She has been registered blind since childhood, and is passionate about blind people being enabled to be as independent as they aspire to be in order to reach their full potential.

She currently chairs SRSB’s Services Development Group which reports to the Board of Trustees and oversees the strategic direction of SRSB’s services to its clients.  She has run her own Braille transcription business since 1985 and champions the teaching and use of Braille as a very effective and empowering communications medium.  She has been active over the past twenty years in promoting access for disabled people via various community groups in the city, and currently chairs Sheffield Transport4All which champions the interests of disabled people in using public transport.

Julie also loves travelling and singing and was Chairman of the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus from 2006-2015. Julie is Vice-Chair of Sheffield Civic Trust, which ties in with her interest in access and her love of all things to do with Sheffield's wonderful heritage.

Mr N. Wragg, OBE

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Norman originally trained as a research scientist but at the age of 21 he was blinded in a university laboratory chemical explosion.  He went on to have a long career with the Health and Safety Executive, initially as a technical editor/writer but later becoming a research manager and head of human resources.  In 1990, he was awarded an OBE for his work.

Norman retired in 2000 and undertook some voluntary work, including a seven year spell in the Hallamshire Hospital Ophthalmic Department, giving information and advice to people newly registered as blind or partially sighted.  He joined the SRSB Board of Trustees in 2001.

Norman enjoys playing chess and is Chairman of the UK Braille Chess Association. He has represented the UK on several occasions in international chess tournaments for visually impaired players.

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