Galloway’s set to host AGM and sight loss conference

Following feedback received from last year’s successful AGM and conference, we will be making our conference an annual event. We are delighted that we have secured motivational speaker and self-proclaimed ‘blind adventurer’ Miles Hilton-Barber; one of the most widely sought-after motivational speakers on the world circuit today. Despite losing his sight in his early twenties, his quality of life and level of success was radically transformed at the age of 50, not through sight restoration, but through changing his attitude to his blindness.

Ellie Southwood Chair of RNIB will be speaking about what the future looks like for the largest sight loss organisation in the UK and Seema Kennedy South Ribble MP will speak briefly about her role in championing the voice of local charities.

During the AGM section of the event, Simon Booth, will officially take over the lead role at Galloway’s.  Mr Booth, who is a Director at Booths, has sat on the board of trustees for 36 years and will replace John Ward who has been the Chairman of Galloway’s for the past 13 years.

Simon Booth - Chairman of Galloway's

Simon Booth – new Galloway’s Chairman

New Chairman, Simon Booth, said: “The Booth family has been associated with Galloway’s for 150 years and I’m very proud to be able to take on the role of Chairman. I will be in regular contact with all the staff, volunteers and service users and will do my utmost to ensure that the charity is well-managed and looking forward to the future. I want to ensure that people living with sight loss are getting the best possible service Galloway’s can offer. I believe the charity is making a real difference to local people who are living with sight loss. We need to make sure our approach is meaningful and reflects the needs of the people we support. The team at Galloway’s is strong and the charity is running efficiently, but like all things, it must evolve and change. Galloway’s is going through a period of change and is building on new strengths and I am very pleased to be part of this new phase.

A buffet lunch will be provided and booking is essential as places are limited. Transport is available for visually impaired people from Galloway’s sites but must be booked in advance.