Sight for Surrey

Chairman of trustees - posted July 3, 2022

Our current chairman, Cecilia Power, has expressed a wish to stand down after seven successful years as an inspirational chairman presiding over a period that has seen the charity grow in scope and size.

Sight for Surrey, based in Fetcham, near Leatherhead, is an ambitious charity offering a lifetime of support to people who are blind or partially sighted, Deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. Our mission is to support people to overcome their day-to-day challenges, achieve their potential and lead an independent life. 

We are celebrating our centenary year having been established in 1922 to support people who were blind, often as a result of fighting in the First World War. Today we support more than 8,000 people across the County of Surrey and operate significant sensory contracts as strategic partners of Surrey County Council.

Role Profile

The skills we need are set out in the role profile, but we are seeking a chairman with leadership and management skills who can use their experience of developing or running an organisation, and some knowledge of the voluntary sector, to work with the board and chief executive to take Sight for Surrey into its second century as a confident and growing organisation.

Sight for Surrey is user-led, and we would expect our new chairman to either have lived experience of sensory loss, or of supporting people with sensory loss. This is a volunteer role.

Note: Closing date for completed applications: Thursday July 7, 2022

Mission Statement

Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey is a charitable organisation that delivers specialist services to people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, have a vision impairment or combined sight and hearing loss. We provide services across Surrey so people may lead fuller, more independent lives.