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Our Staff

Our friendly staff are dedicated, experienced and passionate about providing individual care and support for our clients. With over 75 staff, full and part-time, it is not practical to list all of them here but they all play an important role in enabling SRSB to deliver a comprehensive range of high quality services. Our visually impaired staff not only fulfil a very important role in the jobs they do for SRSB but they also clearly demonstrate to any potential employer how blind and partially sighted people can make a valuable contribution to their organisation. We employ Robert McCann in our Equipment Centre and Darren Furness is our Technology Officer

Below, we will introduce you to some of the team: 

Steve Hambleton, General Manager

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Accountable to the board of trustees, the General Manager has responsibility for all aspects of the operations of the Society.

Steve, with the support of his staff team, has overseen the development of the charity, bringing its building and its services up-to-date in order to secure the future of SRSB, so it can continue to be the reliable service that our clients depend upon. One of his most significant achievements so far has been to oversee the complete rebuild of the Mappin Street Centre.

He originally trained as an accountant and prior to joining SRSB in 2000 he worked in the roles of Company Accountant, Financial Director and Commercial Director in the Toy Manufacturing, Farming and Engineering Sectors.

Joanne Ardern, Deputy General Manager

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Joanne became Deputy Manager at SRSB in 2018 and is an invaluable member of our team, having years of experience in the field after joining SRSB in 2001 and taking on the role of Community Advice Team Leader in 2005. Joanne will work alongside our General manager, Steve, to support and assist in delivering the charity's services, whilst also supporting all its staff and volunteers.


David Cox, Activities Centre Manager

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David became a full-time permanent member of staff on December 1st 2015. His association with SRSB began in February 2011 as an Occupational Therapy (OT) student on placement. He continued to lead the Wednesday singing group from then to his appointment and the SRSB Singers, as they are now known, continue to grow. 

Prior to the SRSB David worked for the Alzheimer’s Society and has added the experience gained there to his OT knowledge and aims to foster a client-lead approach to the services provided by the SRSB.

Angela Argenzio, Finance Manager

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Angela joined SRSB in December 2015 as Finance Manager, she reports directly to the General Manager and is responsible for the Finances and Human Resources of our charity.

Angela has over 20 years experience in the voluntary sector as a campaigner and a trustee, including managing the finances of  local groups. She was the Finance Officer for the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus for 5 years. Before joining SRSB Angela was a teacher for 16 years.

Liz Gurler, Community Advice Officers Team Leader

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Liz joined SRSB in 2001 as a care assistant at Cairn Home, eventually becoming a Commuity Advice Officer at our Mappin Street Centre. She became Community Advice Officers Team Leader in 2018. Her role as Community Advice Officer encompasses a wide range of support and advice for our clients.

Debra Smith, Volunteer Co-ordinator

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Debra joined SRSB in December 2015 as part time Volunteer Co-ordinator.  Prior to joining SRSB, she was employed in the voluntary sector for the last 16 years in a variety of roles but primarily working with volunteers. 

Sue Coggin, Fundraising Manager

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Sue was appointed as the first Fundraising & Marketing Manager for SRSB in 2005. She has brought a great deal of experience, local knowledge and passion to the charity and has significantly increased fundraising income helping to secure the future of the charity.

Prior to joining SRSB, Sue worked for a number of years on the management team at John Lewis and then in the fundraising department for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sue has a great affection for SRSB and the work it does as her Mum was registered blind and a client at SRSB.

If you are interested in finding out more about our fundraising activities and events and ways that you can get involved to help SRSB, please visit the Support Us section of the site.

Jane Peach, Marketing Manager

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Jane joined the Fundraising and Marketing Team at SRSB in November 2009 and became Marketing Manager in 2018. Prior to joining SRSB, she worked for Macmillan after moving from the private sector where she worked as Marketing Manager for a manufacturing company. You can contact with any queries

Kate Taylor and Sharon Gill, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO)

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Kate and Sharon are our Eye Clinic Liaison Officers and are based at the Eye Clinic in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, helping to make a difference to the lives of blind or partially sighted people in Sheffield City Region.

Photo of Sharon Kate and Sharon provide information and advice to blind and partially sighted people, family members and carers at the point of diagnosis. They provide emotional support and raise awareness of services that will empower visually impaired people to make informed choices to maintain and develop their independence.

Helen Sturgess, Manager at Cairn Home

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Helen joined Cairn Home as a care assistant in 1989 and progressed through various managerial/administration roles, taking on the role of Senior Assistant Manager in 2011, and promoted to the role of Deputy Manager in 2017 and Manager in 2018.

Sadie Dennett, Deputy Manager at Cairn Home

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Sadie joined Cairn Home as a care assistant in 2013 progressing to senior care assistant, Assistant Manager in 2015 and Deputy Manager in 2018.

Julie Cowlishaw, Assistant Manager at Cairn Home

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Julie joined Cairn Home as a carer in February 2017 and progressed on to Assistant Manager in April 2018. She previously worked for Sheffield City Council in the Safeguarding Children’s Service (Child Protection) for 13 years.

Amanda Dennett, Assistant Manager at Cairn Home

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Amanda joined Cairn Home as a care assistant in 2009 progressing to senior care assistant and then Assistant Manager in 2010.

Photograph of Rotherham Golf Course

Our popular annual Charity Golf Day is being held at Rotherham Golf Course in 2019

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Our Community Engagement Team visit organisations and events across Sheffield and South Yorkshire to promote awareness about our services and about eye health

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