The current version of the Society’s Constitution is dated:

November 2014

If you would like a copy then please contact Barbara Fairs on 01904 731120

Officers for 2015 / 2016 are:

Interim Chairman: Jim Wallace

Vice Chairman: Danielle Walker Palmour

Hon. Treasurer: Jim Wallace

Hon. Secretary: Jean Haywood


Update from September AGM by Jim Wallace

We had a very successful AGM at Bedern Hall in September, and the following trustees were elected to serve for the coming year.

Jim Wallace – Interim Chair and Hon. Treasurer “I am Finance Director of a group of bus companies. I have been a trustee for two years and my wife Jane volunteers for the Society”

Danielle Walker-Palmour – Vice Chair. “I am the director of a national charity based in York where I have lived for 17 years. I have been a Society trustee for 3 years, I am visually impaired and a keen runner and rower.”

Jean Haywood – Hon. Secretary. -”I became involved with the Society when my husband was registered as partially sighted.   I became Hon. Secretary in 2014 and am also secretary of York U3A, and 2 other local groups.

Jean Weston – Deputy Treasurer. “I was the Finance and Administration Officer at Age UK York before I retired in 2014. I have been a trustee since  2011 and Treasurer from 2011 to 2015”

Kristian Cavanagh – “I am a local solicitor and have been a trustee for just over a year”

Mike Melling –“I am a semi-retired Electrical Engineer. I have been a Trustee for 5 years and particularly enjoy hands-on involvement with Fundraising”

Bob Shead – “I am visually impaired, and have been associated with the Society for about 25 years.  I was Chairman for four years.  I take part in several of the Society’s activities, and have made many friends there”

Evelyn Shead – “I am visually impaired, and live in York.  I joined the Society in 1990, and soon after, I was invited to become a trustee.  I attend a number of the Society’s activities, and have made many friends throughout these past 25 years.”

Anne Smith – “I have been a member of the society since 1979. My main interest is in fundraising and helping to support the Society provide vital services to blind and partially sighted people in York.”

Eleanor Tew – “I am blind and moved to York two years ago.  I have been a trustee for a year and am chair of the Social Inclusion Group which works to improve access to streets, buses and public buildings.”

We continue to look for additional trustees, particularly with Fundraising, Human Resource, Health Service or general business experience. We aim to ensure that half of our trustees are people with personal experience of visual impairment, and we currently comply with this. If you know anyone that has skills and expertise that could benefit YBPSS, please email me at