PAB is run by volunteers and three part time paid members of staff. We are open from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm, Tuesday to Friday. Due to the present situation with Covid-19 our staff are working from home offering the same help and service.
Angela Meadows – Office Co-ordinator
Coming from a marketing background, Angela joined PAB in 2019 to manage the office and support our service users and valued members.
Donna Walker – Volunteer Co-ordinator
Having previously worked in community development, Donna joined PAB in 2019 to support our valued volunteers.
Jacqui Hookham – Activities Co-ordinator
After working for Blind Veterans UK and The Sue Ryder Hospice, Jacqui joined PAB in January 2020. Jacqui works closely with members and supporters to create new opportunities for PAB, including our new range of virtual activities and craft boxes.
Our board of trustees is made up of 9 members. Who meet every two months to ensure the organisation effectively pursues its mission and remains viable.
Sylvie Wheeler – Chair
After working in the catering industry for over 15 years, Sylvie retired in 2001 due to her deteriorating eye sight, as a result of developing Uveitis at the age of 16. After tirelessly fundraising for PAB, Sylvie joined the committee in 2015 and accepted the role of chairperson in 2016.
A Message from Sylvie ‘I said I would carry out the office of PAB Chair to the best of my ability but due to family problems I am unable to give the charity the attention and guidance that it rightly deserves and am very sad to say that I have had to step down from my position as Chair at PAB. It has been an absolute honour to Chair PAB for the past five years and I was proud and privileged to have this role for such a brilliant charity. PAB is and will remain an important part of my life and I am sure that our charity will go from strength to strength under the leadership of the next Chairman, loyal board of trustees and staff’.
Norma has been promoting and volunteering for various charities and community associations for over 30 years. Retired Education Manager from Cambridge Council, Norma has served on the PAB committee since 2011, and was elected Vice Chair in January 2014.
Mandy worked for RNIB for 19 years. As PAB secretary, Mandy promotes the PAB mission to inspire change and create opportunities that enable people with sight problems to have an improved quality of life. Due to the long term effects of diabetes, Mandy is now registered partially sighted.
John Martin – Treasurer
John took over the role as PAB Treasurer in 2016 and is responsible for PAB financial affairs. He ended a career in Engineering and Logistics Management in order to spend time on his passions of football, writing and travel.
Tony has been a PAB member for over 30 years, having been born with a rare sight condition called Nystagmus, but that has not stopped him from having a successful career as a support worker for people with learning difficulties. Now semi retired, Tony also volunteers at our activities and events.
Kate Lindgren – Trustee and Member
Being an enthusiastic blind single rower enjoying the sounds and feelings of being on the water I have not let my sight loss deter me. I enjoyed cooking especially with a glass of wine and my dogs play a big part in daily life with exercise and cuddles a must.
Susan Mbanu – Trustee and Member
Sharon Marshall – Trustee and Member
Stephanie Loudon – Trustee and Member
Jess Morton – Trustee and Member
Jess has been working for RNIB for 4 years and is currently the Insight Network Manager and also the Vice Chair for the Royal British Legion Women’s Section, Yaxley Branch. Jess was born with Nystagmus due to Ocular Albinism and is passionate about creating an inclusive, independent and confident world for all people living with sight loss.
Peter Ellis – Trustee and Member
Peter has lived in Peterborough for 42 years. He retired from a local bus company in 2016 and is now volunteering with 3 charities. Peter joined PAB just before Covid lockdown. His interests include family, local community and gardening.
Paul Hawkins – Trustee and Member
Paul has worked for the Natural History Museum and Cambridge University for over 20 years and managed several major projects. Since his retirement last year, he has become a Trustee and School Governor locally, as he feels it is important to help local charities to achieve their aims.