Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Pat Reid new Chair of the Board

Forth Valley Sensory Centre has announced the appointment of Falkirk Councillor and former Provost, Pat Reid as Chair of the Board of Directors. Pat replaces Delia Henry, who is stepping down after 12 years in the position.

Councillor Reid was appointed at the recent AGM with unanimous backing of the Board. Also joining Pat will be new Treasurer, Jim Nicol while existing service user and Board member Laura Cluxton, takes up the position of Vice-Chair.

Commenting on the appointments, Centre Manager and Board Secretary Jacquie Winning said:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Pat Reid to our Board of Directors alongside Jim and Laura. He is very well known, not only in Falkirk but across the area and has a long standing relationship as a keen supporter of the Centre and our Centre Users.

“Pat’s appointment does mean that Delia is stepping down after more than a decade of service to people with sight and hearing loss across Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. Our board, staff and most importantly Centre Users, would like to pass on our thanks to Delia for all her hard work.

“Finally, we welcome Jim Nicol as Treasurer and Laura Cluxton as Vice Chair. It is fantastic to have someone of Jim’s calibre in this important position. Laura is well known to us as an existing board member and elite Para cyclist. Welcome, Pat, Jim and Laura.”

The appointments were confirmed at the AGM on 26 October. This was followed by the annual Open Meeting where Laura spoke about how sport and eventually competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow helped her cope with the loss of her sight.

Attendees also heard from Centre receptionist Alison Gall who spoke about her hearing loss and coping with a busy reception desk. The last speaker was Solicitor Ryan Morton from Caesar and Howie, who spoke about how the legal firm is making adaptations to help people with sensory loss and the importance of arranging legal documents like Power of Attorney, in good time.

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David McPherson (left) presents flowers to Delia Henry (Centre) with Pat Reid (right)

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