Trustees’ Week: they are fantastic!

It’s Trustee Week this week, a chance for us to celebrate and say thanks to our fab team of trustees who help keep KVIN running.

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work.

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

At KVIN we have a trustee board with 7 members who have a variety of skills and experience they all bring to the team. Here we meet our Trustees, read on to meet them!

David Quarmby
My name is David, I am from Huddersfield. I am registered Blind and I have a Guide Dog called Reg. I am the Chair of Trustees at KVIN and have been involved since the inception of the organisation in 2008. I am also a volunteer at the Drop-in sessions we run in Huddersfield, much of my enjoyment and satisfaction comes with seeing the rewarding responses when people start to use the equipment with our tuition and support.

Moin Valli
My name is Moin, I am an optician from Huddersfield and a Trustee of KVIN in the role of Vice Chair. When I found out KVIN were looking for trustees, I knew I had to get involved. I am able to bring forward my expertise as an optician and businessman to help in the development of the charity.

Julie Howard
My name is Julie, I became involved with KVIN in June 2018 after being introduced to the organisation by Moin Valli, who I work for at Valli Opticians. I am the Treasurer of the organisation, I have met many lovely new people and have learnt new skills brought about by working in a sector that I have not previously been involved with.

Adeel Mohammed
My name is Adeel, I live in Dewsbury and I’m registered blind. I have been involved in KVIN since 2011. Recently, I’ve become a trustee for KVIN. The reason I became a trustee was partly because there weren’t many visually impaired people on the board, so I wanted to bring a different perspective. It is also an opportunity for me to gain experience and to see how an organisation is managed and run.

Aisha Saiyad
My name is Aisha, I have a deteriorating eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa and I am extremely proud to be a trustee for KVIN. I have been a service user at KVIN for about a year and I wanted to get involved as a trustee because I have a vested interest in the development and sustainability of KVIN.

Vivs Ferguson
My name is Vivs, I recently became involved with KVIN after moving to the Kirklees area earlier this year. Being a Trustee provides the opportunity to give something back to the community. More importantly working with KVIN allows you to experience the world from a different perspective, understanding and appreciating the challenges of the visually impaired and how technology can help.

Fayyaz Musa
Dr Fayyaz Musa is a consultant ophthalmologist practicing at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust. Fayyaz brings great expertise to the KVIN board due to his medical training and practice, making sure we have the most up to date medical information.

The staff at KVIN would like to say a big thank you to our team of Trustees for all their hard work over the past year. They have supported staff and volunteers to develop and grow the organisation considerably, going from 1 to 5 members of staff and supporting a growing team of volunteers.

The support from Trustees comes in many forms; from making strategic decisions to attending events and groups, through to running fundraising events! Each trustee brings something different to the team; from having a lived experience of sight loss, through to professional skills such as accountancy, medical expertise and marketing.

That’s the beauty of having a team oversee a charity; everyone brings something different that collectively combines to bring a vast array of skills and experience to the organisation that we simply wouldn’t have without them. A special thanks goes to Moin who organised the fantastic Valli Rally to raise money for KVIN, truly going above and beyond in his role as trustee!

Back in June we celebrated the contribution that our volunteers make, take a look at that blog post here.

Here are some photos of our trustees in action over the past year;

KVIN btrustees with staff and volunteers at our Away day earlier in the year

Aisha and Moin with other participants at the Valli rally

David presenting as Chair at the AGM

Adeel, Aisha and Julie at the AGM

Moin and Julie getting ready for the Valli Rally