Campbell Chalmers has been appointed as the new director of the leading sight loss charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland.
Mr Chalmers has worked in healthcare and the voluntary sector for 30 years. He was previously a director for the charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, and more recently worked as a Stroke Nurse Consultant in NHS Lanarkshire. Initially, he trained as a nurse in learning disabilities and adult nursing.
He served as an advisor for the Scottish Government and a member of the Heart Disease and Stroke Cross Party Group at the Scottish Parliament. He led the development of a ‘Stroke Visual Pathway’ in Lanarkshire for people who experience eye problems after a stroke, is an honorary lecturer at Glasgow University, and is studying for a Doctor of Nursing at Stirling University.
Mr Chalmers said: "I am delighted to be joining the RNIB Scotland team to work with members and staff to support children, young people and adults with sight loss to live full and independent lives, and work with others to help minimise preventable sight loss."
Sandra Wilson, chair of RNIB Scotland, said: "We are delighted that Campbell Chalmers is taking up this post as our new director. Campbell comes with a wealth of experience in the Scottish health field and his expertise will be hugely advantageous in ensuring that we prevent sight loss wherever possible, and make our society a better, more inclusive place for those who are blind or partially sighted."
There are over 180,000 people in Scotland living with significant sight loss, a figure which the charity warns will increase due to our ageing population unless steps are taken to contain the rise.
RNIB Scotland helps blind and partially sighted people of all to ages live as fully and independently as possible, and campaigns to improve sight loss prevention. It supports children and young people with sight loss and their families, and helps adults to find or retain employment. Support is also given to those newly diagnosed with a sight condition. As well as providing aids and equipment, RNIB's 'talking books' library has over 20,000 titles and is the biggest audio-library in Western Europe.