Our People


The Society is a registered charity (No 1051674) and a limited company (No 3133015).  Ostley House is also scrutinised by the Care Quality Commission.  

We therefore have to follow strict rules on how we run ourselves, care for people and use our funds.  Our Board of Directors provides effective governance for the organisation and ensures the strategic direction and planning of the charity is successful.

The Board of Directors currently has the following trustees:

Mr C Anderson (Chair)

Mr D Cannell (Vice-Chair)

Mrs W  Robinson  (Finance Director)

Mr A Todd

Mrs A Fleming

Mr G Postlethwaite

Ms M Reynolds

Mrs T Culley-Brown


Normally, at least one third of the members of the Board of Directors are visually impaired people and as volunteers have a range of professional skills.  The Board of Directors meets 10 times a year.

Reporting to the Board of Directors is the Chief Executive, Mr Carl Hodge.  The Chief Executive has delegated operational responsibility from the Board for the day-to-day running of the organisation.  He is supported by a senior management team.  

The team comprises; Mrs Helen Silver who is the Register Manager of our residential home, Ostley House; Mrs Maggie Nelson our Vision Support Team Leader; and Mrs Elaine Rollinson who is our Office Manager.

The Society currently employs 66 members of staff and is supported by 20 volunteers.

Barrow & Districts Society for the Blind.  Registered Charity No. 1051674.  Limited Company No. 3133015

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Here at Barrow Blind Society we take your privacy extremely seriously and we will only use your personal information to enable us to provide you with our services.  Your data will always be treated as strictly confidential.

Occasionally we would like to contact you with details of our fundraising activities and events that we are holding here at the Centre.  

Also from time to time we may need to refer you to other agencies that are able to assist you, such as Adult Social Care, Low Vision Services etc.  but we will always inform you who we will be referring you to and why we are doing so.

We will never “sell” your personal details to third parties.

You are entitled to the “right to rectification” this means that if any of the data we have relating to you is incorrect you are entitled to ask for the error to rectified.  

You are entitled at any time to access the data that we hold about you.  If you wish to execute this right, please write to Elaine Rollinson, Data Protection Officer at the above address. We are legally obliged to provide you with your personal details within one month.  

You are also entitled to the “right of erasure”, which means you can request that we remove all your personal details from our records; this means that we will delete electronic data and destroy any paper copies, again if you wish to execute this right please write to Mrs Elaine Rollinson, Data Protection Officer at the address above.



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