Our trustees

What is a Trustee?

Our trustees are people who serve on the governing body of the charity. They are volunteers who kindly give their time and use their knowledge, skills and experience to ensure the health of Open Sight. Our trustees have overall legal responsibility for Open Sight’s work, and they delegate authority for the day to day running of the charity to the Chief Executive, staff and volunteers.

Meet our trustees:

Chair of Trustees: Susan Crofts

Susan has 26 years experience working within NATS, a large national organization based in Hampshire. During her career she has gained significant experience in business management, working at a senior level within the company. She specialises in risk management, business development, financial planning, programme management and policy making. In 2014 Susan decided to leave NATS to spend more time looking after her two young children but wanted to be able to have the opportunity to give something back to the local community, utilising the skills she had gained during her successful corporate career. Susan is a member of a local Southampton choir and is part of a local running group, recently completing her second half marathon. In addition she is also a committee member on her local schools parents association, responsible for fundraising.

Trustee: John Stephens


John has run his own business for more than 20 years as a Chartered Secretary, working in both the company secretary and accountancy fields. He advises companies on their obligations to Companies house as well as dealing with changes in the law which are of relevance to companies. John has been the Company Secretary for a number of charities and, as an enthusiastic Rotarian, is involved with many of their charitable activities and permanent Trustee of the Rotary Club Trust Fund.

 Trustee: Helen Bennett

Helen is an accomplished HR and Organisational Development professional with 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors.

As Head of HR and Business Improvement at Guildford Borough Council, Helen worked closely with the CEO, Directors and Executive members to ensure the development and successful delivery of an HR and Organisational Development Strategy.  This involved providing strategic and operational leadership, project management, coaching and mentoring during a time of significant change within the organisation.

Trustee: Dr Reefat K Drabu

Trustee:   Dr Chris Schulz

Trustee: Andrew Thorburn

Trustee: Tim Austin

Trustee: Jim Bain