John joined the board in 2010 and is currently the Chair of our Contracting and Performance Committee. John is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham where he teaches post-graduate students and he was the Director of Scrutiny at Birmingham City Council. John lives in Sutton Coldfield and is married with three children. He is also a season ticket Aston Villa supporter!
Richard is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and the of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
After beginning his career within the accountancy profession, where he specialised in providing tax advice to large companies. Richard then worked in a number of senior roles in the manufacturing and service sectors across the West Midlands. He then taught at Birmingham City University’s Business School as a Senior Lecturer specialising in accounting, corporate finance and taxation. Currently taking a career break, Richard lives close to Focus with his wife, two boys and dog. When not transporting his sons to their various sporting events he enjoys training for and competing in triathlons.
Jean is Focus’s Marketing Trustee.
She began her working life in journalism and doing editorial work before becoming interested in consumer behaviour and taking up a market research role within an advertising agency. She worked for a number of market research agencies helping local and global companies better understand their consumers, their brands and their brand communications. Jean later combined her market research and marketing abilities with her editiorial skills to become Global Communications and Marketing for Millward Brown, a top global market research agency. In 2010, Jean set up her own consultancy helping both public and private sector bring their brands and their organisations to life. Jean is also a volunteer Business Mentor with Sported UK. Jean lives in Warwickshire and is married with two daughters, both of whom are at university. Her interest in sight loss began when her father, and later two friends, were affected by Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
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Marie Tsaloumas is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon. Marie joined the board of trustees in 2013 and brings expertise and extensive experience in retinal disorders and eye conditions in general. She graduated in Australia and trained in ophthalmology in Birmingham. As well as general ophthalmology, Miss Tsaloumas has a sub specialty interest in diabetic eye disease, age related macular degeneration and vascular diseases of the eye. She has also conducted regional and national multidisciplinary clinics dealing with inherited retinal conditions and their systemic manifestations.
In addition she has been actively involved in the education and training of undergraduates and trainee doctors. One of her main research interests is the role of social deprivation on visual loss and strategies for prevention and treatment.
Marie is married with two children and lives in Solihull.
Christopher joined the board as a trustee in 2013. He is the Managing Director of S. Gascoigne and Sons, an independent, family- run funeral directors. Christopher also has a long association with Birmingham Royal Institution for the Blind (BRIB) which led to his involvement with Focus. Christopher lives in Kings Heath and is married with children.
Val is a service user and volunteer at Focus Birmingham and she has now joined the board as a Trustee. Val is visually impaired and brings her personal experience to help advise the board about the needs of blind and partially sighted service users to help people reduce their social isolation through the importance of having activities such as health and well-being days, coffee mornings and days out.
When Val isn’t volunteering on our Helpline, she enjoys going to the opera and theatre, shopping and enjoying good food and wine with friends. Val has lived all around the world including France, Nigeria, Wales and Newcastle and she currently lives in Selly Oak with her guide dog Kizzy.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Focus Birmingham.
The Board of Trustees have, and must accept, ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of Focus Birmingham, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up.
The board is responsible for the legal and strategic direction of the charity and formally accounts for its actions in annual reports to both the Charity Commission and Companies House.
The board is made up of key people who give their time and carry out their duties for no payment. The charity benefits from the objectivity such a body brings, and from the skills and experience of its board members. The board’s duty is to act in the best interests of the charity and declare any conflicts of interest.