The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) Board meeting held on 5 September saw our Chair of Trustees, Rodney Powell, step down after 26 years.
Rodney’s involvement with the charity came about because Thomas Pocklington was his great-uncle. His great-grandfather had worked with Thomas Pocklington during his lifetime, as did his grandfather who managed the Pocklington estate along with Rodney’s father, before the charity was created.
Rodney’s contribution to steering TPT in its work for and with blind and partially sighted people has been immeasurable, from our beginnings as a housing and care provider to establishing our new strategic direction of the three ‘E’s’ – engagement, education and employment. One thing which has not changed is his determination to uphold the wishes of our founder, Thomas Pocklington, as set out in his will of 1935 – to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.
We are very happy that Rodney will continue to serve on the Board as a Trustee and provide continuation of that important family link.
We are also delighted to announce our new Chair of Trustees is Mervyn Williamson, who has served as Trustee since 2006, with Jenny Pearce as Deputy Chair.
Since becoming Finance Trustee in 2006, Mervyn has been instrumental in reshaping the commercial side of the charity, which ultimately has provided more funds to follow out our key objectives and securing the long-term sustainability of TPT.
“Taking over the chair from Rodney is a very hard task, and one I am extremely honoured to take on. We are privileged to have a very strong board of Trustees who all share the common goal of supporting TPT’s management team and staff in order to meet our objectives. I see exciting times ahead for TPT with continuing success.”
Jenny was Chief Executive of Vista, the local sight loss charity in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland until she retired in 2012. She became a Trustee that year and sees TPT as a unique player in the sector, because of our ability to be a catalyst for change, enabling and empowering blind and partially sighted people. She said:
“We have such a strong team and the future looks very positive. I am really proud to be associated with TPT”.