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Meet the Team - Trustees

Trustee - Chairperson

Sue Mort

I have over 25 years of experience as a practising Qualified Habilitation Specialist.  During my career I led a team, teaching mobility, orientation, independent living skills, and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people in a Local Authority, covering mainstream, specialist, and Further Education settings. I work freelance and have been part of the strategic development of the Yorkshire and Humber tracker tool, in addition to serving on the executive board for Habilitation VIUK at regional and national level.

I am a committed trustee, currently Chairing our fabulous Society, however in my ‘spare’ time I am care-taker of two tortoises, 3 ducks, a flock of chickens an acre of growing garden, along with a rusty old camper van, ‘Harriet’, touring Britain’s coastlines when time allows!


Suzanne Mitchell

My name is Suzanne and I became a trustee during lockdown due to a chance encounter with a staff member.  


I have a long interest in sight loss, previously managed a Town Centre optical practice along with my husband Duncan for 17 years. My retail experience, networking connections with other town Center businesses and recruitment skills have hopefully been valuable to the society.

Now retired I enjoy spending time in Cyprus, and have recently completed a marathon alphabetical tour.  Along with two friends we have visited a different place each year starting with Amsterdam ending in Zagreb which gave us the opportunity to visit a lot of places we would never seen.

I am looking forward to developing our new town Center hub and bringing lots of new opportunities and activities to the sight loss community

A picture of Suzzanne


Hilary Newton

I joined Halifax Society for the Blind in October of 2021 as a Trustee after 38 years in the commercial world as a Management Consultant initially with PwC and lately with IBM. In my spare time I enjoy walking, travel and embroidery. 


Tegan Darby

I have been involved in supporting people with a visual impairment for over 15 years, firstly in a voluntary role, and then latterly qualifying as a Vision Rehabilitation Specialist.


Day to day I support adults with sight loss across Yorkshire by teaching practical skills to enable independence and by promoting wellbeing. I strongly believe that alongside rehab support, the impact that local organisations such as HSB have can be invaluable for people.


I particularly love that HSB has such a variety of services available, and I look forward to becoming more involved as I begin my role as a trustee.


Peter Benson


Colin Hutchinson


Sidra Kauser

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