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Allan, Brenda

Brenda Allan

Resource Assistant / Lip-reading Tutor

As a Resource Assistant, Brenda assesses people's needs, supplying, delivering and installing equipment to support people living with serious sensory loss to remain safe and independent at home. As a qualified Lip-reading Tutor, Brenda also delivers lip-reading classes in the community for people with hearing loss.

Batham, Lynn

Lynn Batham

Community Fundraising Co-ordinator

Lynn is a vital member of our fundraising team. Her specific role is to maximize fundraising income from a range of sources including community fundraising events, corporate giving through establishing relationships, sponsorships and benefactor partnerships.

Benzie, Deborah

Deborah Benzie

Cafe Co-ordinator

Deborah runs NESS' cafe at in Aberdeen, supported by a small team of volunteers, Deborah provides a wide range of snacks, meals and catering for special events.

Bryant, Andrea

Andrea Bryant

PA, Reader/driver, Administration Assistant

Andrea is Personal Assistant (PA) supporting the Chief Executive and the Board of Directors. As a Reader/driver, Andrea supports a blind colleague with written communication and transport to allow him to complete his duties. She also works part-time providing administrative support to our finance team.

Cameron, John

John Cameron

Resource Centre Worker

John provides information and support with equipment to people living with serious sensory loss, as well as reception and administrative duties in Elgin.

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Eddie Carroll

Hospital Information Officer

Eddie operates NESS' Hospital Information Service and is based at NHS Grampian's Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Eddie provides support, information and appropriate advice to people who have a serious sight loss or hearing loss and directs them to suitable agencies as appropriate.

Clark, Charles

Charles Clark

Information Communication Technology (ICT) Officer

Charles provides specialist input, advice and instruction on the use of computers and digital technology for people with serious sensory loss. He does this both on a one-to-one basis and via small classes.

Christina Cooper

Christina Cooper

Director

Christina Cooper is a key player in the Third sector in Dundee and is co-chair of the Sensory Strategy group.

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Arlene Cumming

Rehabilitation Worker

Arlene is part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. She offers assessment, mobility & independent living skills training and specialist equipment to people with serious sensory loss in Moray.

Diana Daneels

Young People's Sensory Service (YPSS) Co-ordinator

Diana leads our Young People's Sensory Service. She works between Aberdeen and Moray and right across Grampian. Working with groups and individual youngsters, she organises activities for young people with a serious sensory loss and networking opportunities for parents.

Kirsti Dicks

Kirsti Dicks

Social Worker

Kirsti is part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. As a registered Social Worker, she offers assessment, information and support to people living with serious sensory loss in Aberdeen.

Douglas, Andrew

Andrew Douglas

Transcription Co-ordinator

Andrew's job involves producing and distributing accessible communications in different media including digital recordings in audio and video formats for people with sensory loss. He also provides technical support to a range of colleagues when using multimedia equipment.

Selina Edwards

Selina Edward

Administration Assistant/Reader

Selina is part of the Administration team based in Aberdeen. Selina delivers admin. support to our CIS service in Aberdeen and the Training and Information Officer as well as supporting a blind colleague with written communication.

Eldho, Cilmi

Cilmi Eldho

Volunteer Co-ordinator for Angus & Dundee

Cilmi recruits, supports and co-ordinates NESS volunteers in Angus and Dundee to reach more blind and deaf people so they can maintain or regain their independence.

Fachie, Linda

Linda Fachie

Voluntary Services Officer

Linda recruits, supports and leads NESS' vast army of volunteers, who freely donate their time and effort to help ensure top class facilities, activities and services can be provided by the charity and enjoyed by its beneficiaries.

Findlay, Graham

Graham Findlay

Chief Executive

Graham originally trained as a welder for a boat builders in Cullen, until his sight loss made this impossible. Graham re-trained as a social worker, and has since developed his experience working in the voluntary sector. Appointed to Chief Executive in 2009, Graham managed the charity's dramatic transformation into what is now North East Sensory Services (NESS). Graham is accountable for all NESS' operations.

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Lindsey Fleming

Rehabilitation Worker

Lindsey is part of the Field work team which delivers NESS' Core Services. She offers assessment, mobility & independent living skills training and specialist equipment to people to with serious sensory loss in Aberdeen.

Kate Fraser

Kate Fraser

Fieldwork Assistant

Kate is part of the Fieldwork team based in Aberdeen, which delivers NESS' Core Services. She offers information, equipment and support to people living with serious sensory loss in the City.

Jayne Gardiner

Project Assistant (YPSS)

Jayne works with the Young People's Sensory Service (YPSS) Co-ordinator to deliver a range of support and activities to children and young people living with sight and/or hearing loss. She also gives parents the chance to meet each other and share experiences.

Gill, Louise

Louise Gill

Resource Worker

Louise is part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. Based in our Dundee Resource Centre, she offers information, equipment and support to people living with serious sensory loss in both Dundee and Angus. She supplys, delivers and installs equipment so people can remain safe and independent at home.

Gordon, Carol

Carol Gordon

Resource Centre Worker / Welfare Rights Officer

Carol works part time at NESS' Resource Centre in Aberdeen as well as delivering special input on welfare benefit issues to help colleagues' case work and service users directly.

Gray, Janice

Janice Gray

Employment Officer

Janice delivers NESS' Employment Service in Aberdeen and Dundee. Janice can offer individual appointments and also arranges work skills classes. She supports Deaf and Blind job seekers to prepare for and gain employment. She also assists people in work to retain their jobs.

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Lynne Hawcroft

Director

Born in Manchester but has lived in Lossiemouth for a number of years, Lynne worked as a social work manager and interpreter with Deaf people. She later worked for RNID, now known as Action on Hearing Loss, as a freelance consultant and most recently as a Project Manager on British Sign Language and Linguistic Access for the Scottish Government. Lynne is also a member of the Moray Deaf Club which meets at NESS' Elizabeth House in Elgin.

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Susan Hewitt

Administration Assistant

Susan provides Administrative support to the Employment Service and the Finance Team.

Hillhouse, Adam

Adam Hillhouse

Head of Enterprise

Adam supports the team that delivers NESS' Added Value or voluntary services. This includes many of those that are delivered by volunteers as well as the paid members of staff.

Hillhouse, Libby

Libby Hillhouse

Training & Information Officer

Libby designs, plans and delivers Sensory Awareness Training and oversees the information NESS emits.

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Sheena Holt

Guide Communicator

Sheena works on a one to one basis with deafblind service users to enable them to get out and about and interact in their community.

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Michele Hughes

Senior Practitioner

Michele leads the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services in Aberdeen. As a registered Social Worker she also delivers assessment, information and support to people living with serious sensory loss in Aberdeen.

John Imrie

John Imrie

Director / Representing Service Users

John had a long and distinguished career in Education, finally retiring as Deputy Head Teacher. John is a member of Westhill Golf Club and is heavily involved in the Scottish Blind Golf Association. John is a former Chair of the NESS Board and is now returning after a break. John is also a member of the NESS Book group and facilitates the Service User Forum. He is a Service User representative at the Board of Directors.

Len Ironside

Len Ironside

Director

Len Ironside CBE, formerly of Aberdeen City Council and chair of the Integrated Joint Board for the Health and Social Care Partnership, is a volunteer reader for our audio magazines.

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Carmen Irving

Finance Director

Carmen is a qualified accountant who has had a varied career working in the Oil & Gas industry and laterally as a lecturer at SRUC. Carmen brings her many years of finance and business knowledge to NESS.

Kennedy, Jennifer

Jennifer Kennedy

Volunteer and Activities Co-ordinator (CIS)

Jennifer is the Volunteer and Activities Co-ordinator for our CIS service in Aberdeen. During Covid she has fulfilled a number of additional roles.

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Margaret Kydd

Social Worker

Margaret is part of the Field work team based in Dundee. As a registered Social Worker, she delivers assessment, information and support to people living with serious sensory loss.

John Legg

John Legg

Director / Chair

Born and brought up in Banff, John has over 40 years experience in public service, during which he worked in community development, fieldwork teaching, social care and social enterprise. As a former Director of RNIB Scotland he has worked in partnership with NESS to support the development of sensory services in the North East. Currently he is a non-executive Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and a Board member of Advice Direct Scotland.

Li, Lisa

Lisa Li

BSL / English language interpreter

Lisa is a fully qualified sign language interpreter and is registered with NRCPD (National Registers of Communication Profesionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People). Delivering NESS' BSL interpreter service, she enables face-to-face communication between Profoundly Deaf people and the hearing world. People or organsiations who have Deaf clients, patients or customers can book interpreters through NESS:

Charlotte Little

Charlotte Little

Director

Blogger and equalities campaigner, Charlotte graduated in Law from Robert Gordon University in 2020.

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Diane Lunan

Fieldworker

As a Fieldworker, Diane asseses people's needs, supplying, delivering and installing equipment to support people living with serious sensory loss to remain safe and independent at home.

Mclean, Dawn

Dawn Maclean

Receptionist / Resource Centre Worker

Dawn works at NESS Reception and Resource Centre in Aberdeen. She provides information and advice on equipment as well as reception and administrative duties.

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Carla Marchbank

Social Worker

Carla leads the Fieldwork team which provides NESS' Core Services in Dundee. As a registered Social Worker, she also delivers assessment, information and support to people living with serious sensory loss in Dundee.

Marshall, Brigitte

Brigitte Marshall

Head of Corporate Services

Brigitte leads NESS' Administration, Reception and office teams. She has myriad responsibilities including Human Resources, Health and Safety, property and many others.

Gordon McHardy

Gordon McHardy

Director

Born in Dundee, Gordon trained at the city's Ninewells Hospital. Moving to Aberdeen in 1989, he retired as Head of Service for NHS Grampian's Audiology Services in March 2020. Gordon has worked in most aspects of Audiology but latterly mainly worked in Paediatric Audiology.

McPherson, Jo

Jo McPherson

Driver / Escort

Jo is a Driver/Escort for our Connect, Inform, Support (CIS) service in Aberdeen. During COVID she has had a number of additional roles.

Murray, Dianne

Dianne Murray

Social Worker

Dianne is part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. As a registered Social Worker, she offers assessment, information and support to people living with serious sensory loss in Moray.

Sheila Ogden

Sheila Ogden

Senior Community Inclusion Co-ordinator

Sheila is responsible for the delivery of NESS' Connect Inform Support (CIS) service in Aberdeen and Moray. CIS is our dedicated service for people aged 65 and over who are living with a sensory loss and who are socially isolated.

Ramsay, Laura

Laura Ramsay

Rehabilitation Worker

Laura s part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. She offers assessment, mobility & independent living skills training and specialist equipment to people with serious sensory loss in Angus.

Robertson, Ann

Ann Robertson

Client Services Manager

Ann is responsible for NESS' Core Services. She leads the Fieldwork team which includes Social Workers, Rehabilitation and Fieldwork Officers and Assistants across the four local authority areas of Aberdeen, Angus, Dundee and Moray.

Heather Roy

Heather Roy

Community Inclusion Co-ordinator (Moray)

Heather is the Community Inclusion Co-ordinator for our CIS project in the Moray area.

Rutherford, Caroline

Caroline Rutherford

Fundraising Manager

Caroline helps NESS obtain the vital investment we need to deliver our added value services from sources like Charitable Trusts and Grant Awarding Agencies.

Scrutton, Margaret

Margaret Scrutton

Reader / Driver

Margaret supports a blind colleague with printed material and transport to allow him to complete his duties.

Laura Sharp

Laura Sharp

Director / Vice Chair

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. She studied Law at Glasgow University before qualifying as a solicitor and working as a Procurator Fiscal Depute for 14 years. Laura brings a useful legal perspective to the business of the Board of NESS.

Smyth, Emily

Emily Smyth

Resource Assistant

Emily is part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. Based in our Dundee Resource Centre, she offers information, equipment and support to people living with serious sensory loss in both Dundee and Angus. She supplies, delivers and installs equipment so people can remain safe and independent at home.

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Elaine Taylor

Social Worker

Elaine is part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. As a registered Social worker, she offers assessment, information and support to people living with serious sensory loss in Aberdeen.

Thorburn, Maz

Maz Thorburn

Social Worker

Maz is part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. As a registered Social Worker, she offers assessment, information and support to people living with serious sensory loss in Aberdeen.

Thornton, Julie

Julie Thornton

Information and Advice Worker / Guide Communicator

Julie is part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. She offers information, equipment and support to people living with serious sensory loss in Angus. Julie also works with deafblind people as a Guide Communicator.

Varney, Bill

Bill Varney

Rehabilitation Worker

Bill is part of the Fieldwork team which delivers NESS' Core Services. He offers assessment, mobility & independent living skills training and specialist equipment to people to with serious sensory loss in Dundee and Angus.

Frank Wahedally

Frank Wahedally

Director

With a wealth of experience in Health & Safety and Risk Management, Frank has recently joined the Board to become a Director of NESS.

Hannah Watt

Hannah Watt

Director

Specialist audiologist at Woodend Hospital. Originally from Lancaster, England. Completed BSc (Hons) in Audiology from University of Leeds. Previously an NHS audiologist in Leeds and has worked for NHS Grampian in Aberdeen for the last 4 years. Current role includes routine adult and paediatric hearing assessments, adult hearing aid provision, as well as adult balance assessments. Also specialist clinics such as Hearing Therapy for adults with more complex needs, severe/profound hearing loss, auditory processing difficulties and young adult clinics for paediatric hearing aid users transitioning to the adult service.

Young, Hilda

Hilda Young

Senior Administrator

As Senior Administrator at NESS, Hilda works both at Reception dealing with the public and in the Administration office. She is based in Aberdeen and is the main Administrator for NESS' British Sign Language (BSL) - English Interpretting service.

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