Meet The Team
Emma Cruickshank, CEO Birmingham Vision
Emma has worked within the sight loss sector for almost two decades.
She has worked in Housing, Social Care and the Voluntary Sector. She has worked at a local, regional and national level.
Denise McCormick, Social Inclusion
Denise joined Thomas Pocklington Trust, an organisation that support Birmingham Vision, in 2014 as a Rehabilitation Officer. She is now a Social Inclusion Co-ordinator for Birmingham Vision.
As she is visually impaired, Denise is well aware of the barriers that people living with sight loss experience on a daily basis, such as the challenges they face with socialising. She uses her experience to motivate and empower individuals to actively get out and about and participate within their local community.
Luke Hedley, Sports Participation Coordinator
Luke joined Birmingham Vision in 2015.
He is a sports and fitness enthusiast, working with blind and partially sighted people to increase participation in sport and active leisure. He works both locally and on a national scale.
Luke is responsible for supporting individuals with a visual impairment who would like to either try sport and physical activity for the first time, or to return to activity. His aim is to break down barriers to participation so that sport is available to all.
Zoe Bates, Employment Coordinator
Zoe started with Birmingham Vision in 2017. Her background is in recruitment and training with a well-known retailer.
Zoe has a visual impairment due to Congenital Glaucoma and is supported by her guide dog Lucky. Zoe’s role as Employment Coordinator means she supports visually impaired people who are seeking employment or to retain their job.
Zoe provides support with CV’s, applications and cover letters. Zoe also works with companies who give advice and training for interviews and conduct mock interviews.
Shazia Begum, Volunteer Coordinator
Shazia has been working with Birmingham Vision since 2014 but has been working in the Sight Loss field for over 15 years. She is visually impaired and so understands the impact sight loss can have on people, such as social isolation, low confidence and depression.
Shazia is passionate about empowering those with sight loss to engage fully with society and build their confidence, through volunteering opportunities.
Hayley Smith, Office Coordinator
Hayley has been the Office Coordinator for Birmingham Vision since 2017. Previously she worked for a debt advice charity.
Hayley is responsible for ensuring the office runs smoothly, creating the newsletter and updating our website and social media channels.
Hayley enjoys being the first point of contact for many blind and partially sighted people.
Russ Stephenson, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer
Russ is the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) at Birmingham Midland Eye Centre at City Hospital. This role includes giving information, advice, guidance and offering emotional support to patients newly diagnosed with an eye condition.
Russ' role also involves discussing different kinds of support available to his patients in the community, then providing referrals to organisations that may help each individual lead a more independent life.
Russ processes all new Certificate of Visual Impairments. He is therefore able to explain the process of registration and the benefits it may provide.
Russ is visually impaired due to Retinitis Pigmentosa and is supported by his Guide Dog Sparks.
Talia Dewhurst, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer
Talia Dewhurst is the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Talia has been in her role since 2015 and is very passionate about her work and supporting patients with sight loss and encouraging them to be independent.
Talia’s gives information, advice, guidance and offers emotional support to patients with a newly diagnosed or ongoing eye condition.