Chair of Trustees
Howard, a Chartered Accountant, has been an International Finance Director and a Commercial Director in the Advertising Industry before retiring, early, at the end of the last century. Since then he has been the Finance Commissioner at Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Harbour, a Trust Port, and then Non-executive Finance Director with Cowes Yacht Haven.
In 2017 he and his wife Linda moved from Cowes to Southampton. Howard has been a type 1 Diabetic since 1961. He is effectively mono-sighted with restricted peripheral vision.
Howard is keen to support the Trust especially in the activities that bring awareness to fully sighted adults and children of the difficulties and challenges that partial or no sight entails.
In February 1994 I started as a volunteer trustee, with Southampton Sight and I am really pleased to be involved with this amazing organization. I lost my sight totally in November 1983 due to an accident so have had to make that journey personally, adjusting how I live my life to the full to accommodate blindness.
I have had many wonderful experiences and achievements, including running the London Marathon twice, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, cycling and mountain climbing, all to raise money for various charities. I was especially proud to carry the Paralympic torch for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
I am employed as a Senior Regional manager with the Macular Society, where I have worked for since May 2008. Prior to that I worked for Open Sight for 16 years in a variety of roles in sight loss.
My constant companion is the lovely Toby, who is my guide dog. I also have my retired guide dog Brunel, who is also special as he won the “Outstanding Work” Guide Dog award in 2012.
When I first lost my sight, Southampton Sight were very supportive and gave me the help and guidance I needed to adjust to my sight loss and it is a privilege to be able to give something back to this incredible Charity.
I am a solicitor specialising in employment law, currently working for Specsavers’ support office in Whiteley. I joined the board of trustees of Southampton Sight in 2018. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, travel and spending time with my pug, Moppe.
I have worked with Southampton Sight for quite a few years and the last 5 years I’ve been a trustee. I’m responsible for Health and Safety matters and twice a year, when the clocks change, it’s my job to reset all the talking watches! When I first came to Southampton Sight I had been through a very low time suffering with depression. I was unemployed and although I don’t have a sight impairment myself I was sent here as part of a volunteer placement. All I can say is working here has changed my life. I felt valued and useful as I could use my skills to benefit the charity and in turn went through a healing time myself. I have since gone on to get a job in another region but it’s important to me to keep a strong connection with Southampton Sight by being involved as a trustee.
Lieke van Putten
I am very proud to be a trustee at Southampton Sight and of the work the organisation does to support people living with or affected by sight loss in the City.
I currently work at Southampton City Council and have worked for the last 10 years in both the charity and public sector managing, delivering and evaluating grant funded projects.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time outside, cycling, hiking and climbing.