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Trustees

East Cheshire Eye Society, is an independent charity that solely relies on funding to support all of its activities. The charity is run by a board of voluntary trustees, some of whom have a sight impairment themselves.

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Martin Welch – Treasurer

I have been Treasurer and Trustee of the Society since 1997. I was aware of the charity’s existence as my mother, Ren, had been on the Committee for many years helping at events and with transport.

My own eyesight is generally very good, but I have needed to have cataracts removed from both eyes. I believe losing sight quality is extremely traumatic for us, and anything our society can do to improve things for those who are experiencing this affliction is of tremendous value to them.

I was born in Rainow in 1937, and on leaving school, I began work at Euston for the civil engineering department of British Rail, obtaining a degree and becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer.

I became a trustee, and eventually Chairman, of a charitable housing association during the course of over 40 years in London. Whilst working in Manchester, I was elected onto the Committee of the North West Association of the Institution of Civil Engineers, serving for many years, and for my allocated year as Chairman. I also served a term on the Institution’s National Transport Board.

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Bridget Self – Trustee

I moved to Congleton from Hertfordshire in 1982 with my young family and have been volunteering with the Eye Society for most of that time. I mainly help to run the Congleton Social Group and lead on events and discussions in the Congleton area.

I also volunteer with a local wildlife conservation work party. I enjoy gardening for wildlife when it’s sunny and dabble in languages when it’s raining.

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Colin Turner – Governance

I was educated at William Hulme’s Grammar School Manchester and Leeds University where I graduated in 1961 as a Bachelor of Laws. I became a solicitor in 1966 and I worked at the Magistrates’ Courts Service throughout my career.

Following a move to Macclesfield in 1973, I was appointed as Clerk to the Justices for the Borough. After service as a legal adviser to several other courts in Cheshire, I retired in 2001 as Chief Executive to Magistrates’ Courts in the County. In my spare time I enjoy hill walking and reading.

I have been a Trustee since 2002, and I am also Chairman of the Macclesfield Talking Newspaper, which although a separate charity, is supported by, and works closely with, the Eye Society.

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Ray Kramer – Trustee
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Phil Spring – Trustee

As a local businessman I became involved with the Society through a support scheme promoted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs. Since my first involvement some 5 years ago, I then became a Trustee.

My focus is on the business side and my areas of responsibility are fundraising and generating awareness. I am amazed at the valuable support the charity gives to the community affected by visual impairment in East Cheshire.

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Pam Hodgkiss – Trustee

Originally from Bolton I moved to Macclesfield in 1999 and retired from the NHS in 2015 after working as a physiotherapist for 34 years.

As someone with a long-standing sight problem I became group leader of the Macclesfield Macular Support group in 2013.

During my career I spent much of my time reinforcing the importance of someone with a disability staying independent not just at home, but also at work and in social situations.

Consequently, on retirement, I became a volunteer at East Cheshire Eye Society, both in the resource centre and in the eye clinic at Macclesfield District General Hospital. I provide information and support regarding services and resources available for someone with sight problems, along with their relatives and carers.

I became a Trustee for the society in September 2015 and I also continue to fulfil my role as a volunteer.

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Marilyn Holland – Trustee

I was born in Manchester and educated at secondary school level followed by Buxton High Peak College. During my working career I was a legal secretary for a firm in Buxton, Derbyshire.

I’ve lived in Congleton for 32 years and have been a volunteer for east Cheshire Eye Society for 20 years. During those 20 years I have been a social group volunteer in Congleton and a Trustee.

I am registered blind and I am a long cane user.

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Mark Tilsley – Trustee

I was born in Stoke-On-Trent and attended the Exhall Grange School for the Visually Impaired and Blind from 1982 – 1991. This is a residential School in Coventry.

From 1994 – 2007 I worked at Indesit UK on the product lines assembling white domestic products, and from 2008 – 2009 I attended the Royal National College for the Blind where I gained an NVQ in Business Administration level 3. This included a work placement at Hereford Council in the customer service department.

I started volunteering with what was then the Macclesfield Eye Society in 2013 and became a Trustee in September 2018.

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Liz Durham – Trustee

I am an adopted Maxonian, having moved up here in 1988, from Oxford, where my husband, Richard, and I worked in Banking.

My two children attended local schools, which I must point out were far superior, at the time, to those in Oxfordshire, so when the opportunity came to return down south, we declined as we had been made very welcome here, and the children were settled.

I then worked for over 30 years, at our wonderful local hospital, firstly in records and reception, and then, inevitably, in finance. I fully retired, at the age of 70, after latterly enjoying working in Clinical audit, which I think played to my strengths for investigation, detail and record keeping.

I became a Councillor in 2015, and was honoured to have been elected as Macclesfield Town Council’s first Mayor.

My inaugural, official engagement, was the Eye Society’s ‘Vision Day’, and I was made so welcome and reassured that I have had a special connection with them ever since.

I became a Trustee in 2019, and am happy to endorse their ideals and help in any way I can.

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Robin Thomason – Trustee

Born in 1959, I was raised in Old Trafford, and after several career changes, I set up in business in Bollington in 1990, moved to Macclesfield in 2006, and took early retirement in 2016. 

I became involved with the Eye Society through Crown Green Bowling as a volunteer helper on ‘the Green’ and then with the walking group and latterly I have been doing networking through various local networking groups in order to raise the profile of the society. 

I am married with a son (and two grandchildren), a daughter and a step daughter. My hobbies include playing the guitar, reading and Astronomy.

Something few people know about me: I have read 194 of the 200 books from the BBC Big read challenge of 2001.

Robin Thomason
David Scott
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David Scott – Trustee

Originally from Scotland, I moved with my family to Macclesfield in 1989 and other than a short break in Hampshire, have been a Macclesfield resident ever since.

Recently retired after a career in sales and management with a multi-national energy company I wanted to give something back to the community. I was aware of East Cheshire Eye Society through my sight impairment as I suffer from glaucoma and when I heard they needed new trustess I was delighted to be able to help. The future will present many challenges to all charities and I hope I can make a positive difference to the work of the Eye Society moving forwards.

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Martin Welch – Treasurer

I have been Treasurer and Trustee of the Society since 1997. I was aware of the charity’s existence as my mother, Ren, had been on the Committee for many years helping at events and with transport.

My own eyesight is generally very good, but I have needed to have cataracts removed from both eyes. I believe losing sight quality is extremely traumatic for us, and anything our society can do to improve things for those who are experiencing this affliction is of tremendous value to them.

I was born in Rainow in 1937, and on leaving school, I began work at Euston for the civil engineering department of British Rail, obtaining a degree and becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer.

I became a trustee, and eventually Chairman, of a charitable housing association during the course of over 40 years in London. Whilst working in Manchester, I was elected onto the Committee of the North West Association of the Institution of Civil Engineers, serving for many years, and for my allocated year as Chairman. I also served a term on the Institution’s national Transport Board.

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Bridget Self – Trustee

I moved to Congleton from Hertfordshire in 1982 with my young family and have been volunteering with the Eye Society for most of that time. I mainly help to run the Congleton Social Group and lead on events and discussions in the Congleton area.

I also volunteer with a local wildlife conservation work party. I enjoy gardening for wildlife when it’s sunny and dabble in languages when it’s raining.

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Colin Turner – Governance

I was educated at William Hulme’s Grammar School Manchester and Leeds University where I graduated in 1961 as a Bachelor of Laws. I became a solicitor in 1966 and I worked at the Magistrates’ Courts Service throughout my career.

Following a move to Macclesfield in 1973, I was appointed as Clerk to the Justices for the Borough. After service as a legal adviser to several other courts in Cheshire, I retired in 2001 as Chief Executive to Magistrates’ Courts in the County. In my spare time I enjoy hill walking and reading.

I have been a Trustee since 2002, and I am also Chairman of the Macclesfield Talking Newspaper, which although a separate charity, is supported by, and works closely with, the Eye Society.

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Ray Kramer – Trustee

Visit our resource centre at 15 Queen Victoria Street in Macclesfield where we can show you various equipment to help you live independently. We have all types of equipment both new and second hand within our shop at our resource centre. The types of equipment which we can provide advice and access to includes magnifiers, large button telephones, cooking gadgets, talking clocks, watches, non-spill mugs, bumpons, glare shields and many more.

Our team at East Cheshire Eye Society are knowledgeable on the different equipment to suit your individual needs and they will provide you with advice and guidance.

East Cheshire Eye Society shares its premises with sister charity, The Macclesfield & District Talking Newspaper for the Blind. Contact is if you would like to arrange free access to the Talking Newspaper.

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Phil Spring – Trustee

As a local businessman I became involved with the Society through a support scheme promoted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs. Since my first involvement some 5 years ago, I then became a Trustee.

My focus is on the business side and my areas of responsibility are fundraising and generating awareness. I am amazed at the valuable support the charity gives to the community affected by visual impairment in East Cheshire.

Your Title Goes Here
Pam Hodgkiss – Trustee

Originally from Bolton I moved to Macclesfield in 1999 and retired from the NHS in 2015 after working as a physiotherapist for 34 years.

As someone with a long-standing sight problem I became group leader of the Macclesfield Macular Support group in 2013.

During my career I spent much of my time reinforcing the importance of someone with a disability staying independent not just at home, but also at work and in social situations.

Consequently, on retirement, I became a volunteer at East Cheshire Eye Society, both in the resource centre and in the eye clinic at Macclesfield District General hospital. I provide information and support regarding services and resources available for someone with sight problems, along with their relatives and carers.

I became a Trustee for the society in September 2015 and I also continue to fulfil my role as a volunteer.

Your Title Goes Here
Marilyn Holland – Trustee

I was born in Manchester and educated at secondary school level followed by Buxton High Peak College. During my working career I was a legal secretary for a firm in Buxton, Derbyshire.

I’ve lived in Congleton for 32 years and have been a volunteer for east Cheshire Eye Society for 20 years. During those 20 years I have been a social group volunteer in Congleton and a Trustee.

I am registered blind and I am a long cane user.

Your Title Goes Here
Mark Tilsley – Trustee

I was born in Stoke-On-Trent and attended the Exhall Grange School for the Visually Impaired and Blind from 1982 – 1991. This is a residential School in Coventry.

From 1994 – 2007 I worked at Indesit UK on the product lines assembling white domestic products, and from 2008 – 2009 I attended the Royal National College for the Blind where I gained an NVQ in Business Administration level 3. This included a work placement at Hereford Council in the customer service department.

I started volunteering with what was then the Macclesfield Eye Society in 2013 and became a Trustee in September 2018.

Your Title Goes Here
Liz Durham – Trustee

I am an adopted Maxonian, having moved up here in 1988, from Oxford, where my husband, Richard, and I worked in Banking.

My two children attended local schools, which I must point out were far superior, at the time, to those in Oxfordshire , so when the opportunity came to return down south, we declined as we had been made very welcome here, and the children were settled.

I then worked for over 30 years, at our wonderful local hospital, firstly in records and reception, and then, inevitably, in finance. I fully retired, at the age of 70, after latterly enjoying working in Clinical audit, which I think played to my strengths for investigation, detail and record keeping.

I became a Councillor in 2015, and was honoured to have been elected as Macclesfield Town Council’s first Mayor.

My inaugural, official engagement, was the Eye Society’s ‘Vision Day’, and I was made so welcome and reassured that I have had a special connection with them ever since.

I became a Trustee in 2019, and am happy to endorse their ideals and help in any way I can.

Robin Thomason
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Robin Thomason – Trustee

Born in 1959, I was raised in Old Trafford, and after several career changes, I set up in business in Bollington in 1990, moved to Macclesfield in 2006, and took early retirement in 2016.  

I became involved with the Eye Society through Crown Green Bowling as a volunteer helper on ‘the Green’ and then with the walking group and latterly I have been doing networking through various local networking groups in order to raise the profile of the society.

I am married with a son (and two grandchildren), a daughter and a step daughter. My hobbies include playing the guitar, reading and Astronomy.

Something few people know about me: I have read 194 of the 200 books from the BBC Big read challenge of 2001.

David Scott
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David Scott – Trustee

Originally from Scotland, I moved with my family to Macclesfield in 1989 and other than a short break in Hampshire, have been a Macclesfield resident ever since.

Recently retired after a career in sales and management with a multi-national energy company I wanted to give something back to the community. I was aware of East Cheshire Eye Society through my sight impairment as I suffer from glaucoma and when I heard they needed new trustess I was delighted to be able to help. The future will present many challenges to all charities and I hope I can make a positive difference to the work of the Eye Society moving forwards.

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