Meet The Team
Chief Executive Officer
Lisa’s role encompasses overseeing the development and delivery of all Beacon’s care and support services, stimulating new ideas and innovation as well as creating new partnerships and collaborations which help Beacon provide better services. Through Lisa’s strategic vision, Beacon aims to truly make a visible difference to those living with sight loss.
“I have always worked within the Charity sector, which has been a conscious decision of mine as I’m really passionate about making a difference. I feel very lucky to be part of the team at Beacon, who are all so driven to support others, improve people’s prospects and change perceptions. Working together, I am confident we will help create a society where individuals value and protect their sight and a visual impairment does not limit or determine opportunities.
“Beacon has an ambitious vision for the future and we look forward to you joining us to turn it into a reality, be that as a customer, team member, partner or supporter.”
Email Lisa at email@example.com
Communications and Fundraising Director
Stella has over 20 years of communications experience, gained in household brands including Morrisons, Halfords and Renault UK. An experienced brand builder and strategist, Stella has also driven communications support for CSR activities within her roles such as corporate Charity of the Year programmes and volunteering projects. Stella also has a wealth of internal communications and event management skills.
Stella is responsible for the Communications and Fundraising team. The team raises awareness of sight loss throughout the region as well as the excellent care and support Beacon provides to people living with a visual impairment. Her remit also covers income generation including Grants and Trusts, as well as Legacies.
Email Stella at Spitt@beaconvision.org
Communications and Fundraising Director
Helen has worked in the media industry for 15 years. A specialist in health she also spent several years working as a news editor at the country’s biggest regional daily newspaper. She has also been involved in the charity sector as a volunteer for a number of years.
Helen is responsible for the Communications and Fundraising team, raising awareness of sight loss throughout the region and the excellent care and support Beacon provides to people living with visual impairment.
Email Helen at Hbrown@beaconvision.org
Corporate Services and Performance Director
Philip is a Chartered Management Accountant with 30 years of experience in major companies such as GKN, Pilkington and Smith & Nephew. He leads Finance, Human Resources, Impact and Outcomes and IT to support the charity’s operations. He is registered blind and is assisted by his guide dog, Rye.
“Beacon’s long history of serving the blind and partially sighted people in this area, and its innovation to continue providing relevant services, is what inspires me to work here. We have a great team at Beacon, and we enjoy making a positive difference to people’s lives.”
Email at Pmills@beaconvision.org
Project Co-Ordinator/Volunteer Supervisor
Rachel manages a team across the various employment projects which covers the Black Country, Cannock and East Staffs. Her team help many people living with sight loss, engaging with them in various activities, helping develop their skills and building confidence. The aim of the project is to enable those living with sight loss to lead more independent lives to help open up more opportunities for those looking for work. Rachel also supports people to find suitable sustainable employment.
Email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Social Hubs and Volunteer Manager
Becky is responsible for the recruitment, induction, placing and management of volunteers. She helps place volunteers within various roles across the charity which includes the Health and Wellbeing centre, retail, catering, admin, community groups and much more. Becky also coordinates work placements and corporate volunteering opportunities.
Becky previously worked for the Thomas Pocklington Trust where she provided support within social group activities for clients living with sight loss. She enjoys working with people face-to-face to help support and strengthen the services Beacon provides – and believes the hard work and dedication of volunteers is central to the work of Beacon.
Email Becky at email@example.com
Supporter Engagement Manager
As Supporter Engagement Manager, Sophie’s role encompasses fundraising, corporate relationship building, supporter and donor recognition and bid writing.
Sophie also manages event and community fundraising, adding creative and strategic flair with everything she does.
With a strong background in Marketing, Sophie is an integral part of campaign and appeal management across a multi-channel arena for the charity.
Email Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ranjit previously worked within a family support role with the Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Support Project and as an employment officer with the YMCA. She is committed to her role and enjoys seeing the journey and positive changes in peoples lives.
Email Ranjit at RChopra@beaconvision.org
The trustees play a vital role in guiding and leading the organisation and its staff to achieve its charitable objects.
Chair of the Beacon Centre
“It’s both a privilege and a responsibility to hold that position, knowing Beacon has supported visually impaired people for over 140 years. We’ve changed, a lot, during that timescale and doubtless we will do so in future. I look forward to playing my part. ”
Jan Burns MBE
Vice Chair of the Beacon Centre
“I am committed and dedicated to support everyone at Beacon in making it a creative, innovative, Centre of Excellence.”