Board of Trustees

Frank in the sensory garden

Frank MacFarlane

Board of Trustees Chairman
Started in this role: December 2012


Originally Frank joined our board in the mid 90’s becoming chair in 2012. Having had a career in the education of blind and partially-sighted children, and being totally blind himself Frank brings considerable experience in matters relating to visual impairment. In his spare time Frank plays the piano and has a keen interest in sport. He enjoys cricket, golf and football. He continues to play cricket and golf.

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Geraldine Bounds

Board of Trustees Deputy Chair
Started in this role: 2009


Geraldine joined the Board of Trustees in 1992, becoming Chair in 1995. She stepped down from this role in 2009. After losing her sight aged eight, Geraldine went through school and university, gaining a law degree then training for a further three years before qualifying as a solicitor. Along with her educational and legal experience Geraldine brings a wealth of understanding around the emotional journey taken by visually impaired people and the importance and effectiveness of counselling. Geraldine enjoys concerts and the theatre as well as many holidays with her husband.

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Paul Barrow

Board Member

Started in this role: December 2002

Paul Barrow joined the Board on 11th December 2002. He is a solicitor in private practice in Liverpool and the Senior Partner of Quinn Melville Barrow LLP. He was educated at St Edward’s College, Liverpool, Bangor University and the College of Law at Chester.
Paul’s background and experience is in commercial law and advises the Board of Trustees on all legal matters in relation to the running and regulation of the Charity.
Paul is married with two children and lives in Rainford near Ormskirk.

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Jean Collins

Board Member
Started in this role: September 2010


Joining us as a volunteer back in 2004 Jean’s passion for Bradbury grew. As a volunteer she has ground level insight into the day to day running of the centre and this made her perfect board material. Away from Bradbury Jean enjoys socializing with friends and spending time with her family.

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Naomi Ditchfield

Board Member

Started in this role: June 2014

Naomi has been visually impaired all of her life. Before joining our Board she was an active member of the Liverpool Consultative Group. Naomi still volunteers twice a week in our Active Vision Clubs.
She lives with her two teenage children and lovely black Labrador-retriever guide dog called Dixie. In her spare time Naomi enjoys going out with the Bradbury Walkers and Tandem Group unless Liverpool FC are playing, as being a season ticket holder she is able to go to every home match!

Margaret, Gabby and Nicola in the sensory garden

Margaret Guppy

Board Member
Started in this role: 2009


Margaret has worked within charities for many years, having considerable experience in fundraising, catering and transport. She is visually impaired and therefore has great understanding of the needs of people with sight loss. Margaret is also Chairwoman of the Merseyside Partially Sighted Society. A great writer, Margaret is the author of The Wainwright Legacy, the 150 year history of The Liverpool Voluntary Society for the Blind. She is a keen gardener, keeping the grounds of the Bradbury Centre in full bloom. When she is not digging around in the mud Margaret makes the most delicious cakes and not being a greedy person in the least, she has two guide dogs although one is now retired!

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Mathew Hughes-Paton

Board Member

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Roger Phillips

Board Member
Started in this role:2003


Roger is a broadcaster on BBC Radio Merseyside. He brings a wealth of experience and awareness around the media. Having a very close uncle who was blind has given him a lot of empathy and understanding when it comes to visual impairment. When he gets a chance Roger enjoys playing the piano and clarinet, horse riding, listening to music and going to the theatre.

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Tudor Roberts

Board Member
Started in this role: 2011


Tudor is a Chartered Surveyor and brings with him knowledge and creative ideas on matters related to our building. Away from the office Tudor enjoys golf, holidays and wine!

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Edward Robinson

Board Member

Started in this role: November 2010


Edward joined our Board of Trustees following his retirement from the charity’s previous auditors, Edward Robinson & Co. He is a Chartered Accountant and his long standing passion for Bradbury Fields means he has immense knowledge of the organisation, its aims and objectives. He has always had a very deep admiration for the team at Bradbury Fields and the work they do for visually impaired people in Merseyside. He admits to being a “fair weather” golfer and enjoys visiting his grandchildren in London.

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Mike Scanlan

Board Member

Started in this role: August 2014

Mike took early retirement in 2011 after working for 24 years in the further education sector in Liverpool as the Team Leader for the visual impairment and deaf students support service at Liverpool Community College. Prior to working in education he had a career in the retail sector.  Mike's several interests include walking and sailing. He is also a trustee of the UK North Blind Sailing Association. Mike competes in a ten-pin bowling league and enjoys following sport, particularly football, cricket and horse racing. He enjoys music, concerts, eating out, travelling both home and abroad and generally socialising.

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Sue Turnham

Board Member
Started in this role: 2003


Sue works as a Mobility Team Support Worker for Guide Dogs for the Blind and is based in Liverpool. Being visually impaired herself Sue has a lot of experience in living with sight loss. Two of Sue’s three children are Paralympians. Away from the office Sue enjoys cooking, keeping fit and knitting.