The Board

Our trustees are a body of volunteers who hold the full financial and legal responsibility for everything Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans deliver.

They are required to ensure that everything done by the two charities is solely and genuinely in pursuits of their goals. This includes maintaining a high standard of corporate governance, overseeing all we do, and ensuring we spend your money wisely.

Our trustees bring a wide range of knowledge, expertise and experience to the organisation and approve our strategic plans, annual budgets and annual accounts. 

Patron of Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO

President of Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans

His Grace The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE

Vice President of Sight Scotland 

The Hon. Mrs Janet Buchanan-Smith


Our Chair

Michael Craig

Chair of the Board

Michael is an experienced manager, trustee and actuary.

Our Trustees

Aidan McCorry

Convener of the Community Committee

Aidan has extensive knowledge of both the public and third sectors, having worked as Chief Executive at Deaf Action, as Project Manager at Scottish Enterprise and as Director of Corporate Services at Apex Scotland.

Catherine Topley

Catherine has extensive experience of working in public and third sectors, having worked as the Director of Corporate Services in Scotland’s Prisons, working closely with third parties and communities

David McArthur

David is the Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions for NHS Orkney.  

Dianne-Dominique Theakstone

Dr Dianne-Dominique Theakstone is currently studying towards a master’s in social work at Strathclyde University. Her lived experience of visual impairment due to Retinoblastoma has driven her passion for disabled people’s rights.

Graeme Bold

Convener of the Corporate Committee

Graeme is a qualified Actuary and is Director of Workplace Pensions at Scottish Widows

Jay Hogarty

Jay Hogarty is a Charity Retail Consultant. He spent 10 years working for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) and, before then, eight years with Cancer Research UK (CRuk).

Liz Porterfield

Vice Chair of the Board

Liz Porterfield worked for the Scottish Government Health & Social Care Directorates as Head of Strategic Planning and Clinical Priorities until her retirement in 2017.

Michelle McWilliams

Vice Chair of the Board

Michelle is a senior CIM qualified manager with experience of leading high profile communications campaigns in large public sector organisations.

Mike Donnelly BA MSc PhD HonFSMI (Australia)

Mike is a retired academic and adviser to senior politicians in the UK. He was Head of School and Dean of Faculty in UK and Australian University Business Schools over a 35-year academic career.

Mike Martin

Convener of the Care and Learning Committee

Mike is a social worker with more than 20 years of experience with Capability Scotland.

Stephanie Phillips

Convener of the Audit Committee

Stephanie is the Director of Service Delivery at NHS 24.