Our multi-disciplinary teams work together to play a key part in our approach to learning, education, care and developing independence for children.

Meet our team 

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.

Aiden

Staff Nurse, Royal Blind School

"What I find best about nursing is that because you work so closely with the children, you get to know them as individuals. You really get to see the kids progressing."

Alison Cairns

Practice Lead

Alison Cairns is Practice Lead for Sight Scotland Veterans’ outreach team, and joined the organisation in 2018.

Anne Lyttle

Staff Nurse

"I like the relationships I have with people here, I’ve got to know them and they’ve become important to me."

Carole

Outreach Worker, Sight Scotland Veterans

"One of the most fulfilling parts of my role is being able to find solutions for the veterans we support. You can see right away that you’re making a difference to someone’s life."

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

Chelsea

Care and Nursing Services Manager, Royal Blind School

“I love being part of such a qualified and skilful team that are also so caring. Sight Scotland have so much to offer and fulfil so many of the lives of the young people and young adults within our care.”

Clair Bryan

Director of Services, Sight Scotland Veterans

Clair is the Director of Services for Sight Scotland Veterans. She brings with her two decades of leadership experience within national charity services for adults with long-term conditions and disabilities.

David McArthur

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

Davina Shiell

Director of Marketing and Communications, Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans

Davina leads the team that delivers all aspects of profile and fundraising activity - marketing, PR, brand, digital, events, policy, internal communications and fundraising.

Debbie

Braille Proof Reader, Scottish Braille Press

"I have learned and enhanced many skills whilst working at Sight Scotland. My braille reading has very much improved and so has my reading speed."

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.

Fiona

Rehabilitation Officer, Sight Scotland Veterans

“I thought I’d miss working in an office environment but I actually really like working remotely. The team are just at the end of the phone. I can talk to any one of them and we support each other.”

Gillian McDonald

Our Manager

Gillian manages the Hawkhead Centre in Paisley and the Linburn Centre in West Lothian.

Graeme Bold

Convener of the Corporate Committee

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

Hawys Kilday

Director of Services, Sight Scotland

Hawys Kilday joined Sight Scotland in January 2019 as Director of Services. Before joining us, she was Assistant Director of Children's Services at Barnardo's Scotland.

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).

Jenny Liddell

Interim Head of Community Support

Jenny joined Sight Scotland Veterans as Practice Lead for the North of Scotland in March 2020, before becoming the Interim Head of Community Support in January 2021.  

John

Centre Officer, Sight Scotland Veterans

“There’s no barrier put in your way for personal and professional development. I know the support is there from management."

Kirsty

Senior Fundraiser, Sight Scotland

Kirsty is part of Sight Scotland's fundraising team, predominantly focusing on trust and grant fundraising for the charity.

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.

Margaret McFynn

Chef Manager

"I really enjoy the challenge of making food that the residents will really like. A good day for me is when people ask for more."

Margo Faquharson

Housekeeper

"The residents make my day, especially having time to talk with them."

Michael Craig

Chair of the Board

Michael is an experienced manager, trustee and actuary.

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.

Nicola Dow

Deputy Care Home Manager

“I love working at Jenny’s Well. It’s like a community. All the residents, relatives and staff work together to make it a better place."

Rona Kirkwood

Senior Carer

"I’ve built up good relationships with the families of residents, and they have become important to me."

Ross Parker

Senior Care Assistant

"My goal is to really help to maintain residents own skills. It’s good to enable residents to do things for themselves when they can."

Sandra Taylor

Lead Rehabilitation Officer

Sandra leads our expert rehabilitation team, providing support to veterans with sight loss across Scotland.

Sharon

Activity Support Worker, Sight Scotland Veterans

"When you witness a person growing in confidence and achieving their goals, it’s a great feeling of accomplishment. Seeing the smile on someone’s face when they achieve something – to me, that’s so rewarding."

Stephanie Kirkwood

Activities Coordinator

"I love getting to know all of the different residents. Getting to hear their life stories is a privilege."

Stephanie Phillips

Convener of the Audit Committee

Stephanie is the Director of Service Delivery at NHS 24.

Stephen Coulter

Director of Corporate Services, Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans

Stephen is Director of Corporate Services for Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans. He joined the charities in January 2019.

Stewart Whyte

Care Home Manager

"I feel passionately about making care for older people right, and know that all of us together can make the home the very best it can possibly be to both live and work in."

Susan

Senior Residential Care Worker, Forward Vision

“The whole way of working is very focused on the individual. I feel personally that you can see the impact that we have quite substantially with the young people and young adults that we work with."

Susan McCallum

Carer

"The best part of my day is when I am able to put a smile on the residents' faces."

Theresa Shearer

Interim Chief Executive

Theresa is the Interim Chief Executive of Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans.

Tony Daley

Meaningful Activities Co-ordinator

“It makes my day when a resident is happy and stimulated by the activities we are creating.”

Vicky

Senior Residential Care Worker, Royal Blind School

"It's so rewarding - I've been here for 17 years and I'd probably never consider going anywhere else."