HAILSHAM: Getting to grips with new role

Daniel Brookbank
Daniel Brookbank

THE East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People’s new chief executive officer Daniel Brookbank is getting to grips with his new role after joining the Herstmonceux-based charity earlier this month.

Mr Brookbank comes to the charity from an NHS background where he worked for 14 years in General Practice.

He took on the role following retirement of former CEO Mary Colato, who joined ESAB in 2008.

He said, “I am excited about joining ESAB, although it is a challenging time ahead for voluntary organisations, particularly in respect of raising funds.

“I will continue Mary’s work of ensuring people who are visually impaired are at the heart of ESAB’s development.”

The charity, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year, works with more than 1,700 people who are blind or partially sighted and living in East Sussex, Brighton or Hove.

The organisation was one of the first user-led charities in East Sussex and its major decisions are made in response to the needs of the people it supports.

“I’m just really looking forward to being able to reconnect with working directly with people,” said Mr Brookbank.

“I’m very excited by the input from the users.

“It is all new to me but I am picking it up pretty quickly. I really didn’t have any preconceptions, I have come in with a completely new sweep.

“I’m really pleased to see that we have people with visual impairments working here. The office environment works just the same as people with ordinary vision,” he added.