Our Board


Bob Nolan

Bob Nolan began work as a volunteer with Deafblind UK in 1998 and was a member of the original Scottish Management Committee. When Deafblind Scotland came into being at the April 2001 AGM, Bob was elected as chairman of Deafblind Scotland and has been re-elected several times since. He joined Shell in London in 1981 as a computer programmer and has been with Shell for 30 years and is currently based in Aberdeen as an IT Support Manager for Shell Europe. Bob lives with type 2 Usher Syndrome and has now lost 95% of his sight Bob is committed to making the most of his life and is very grateful for what he has. In addition to swimming and running he has re-discovered the open road via his tandem, which he uses to keep fit and raise money and awareness for Deafblind Scotland.


Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson began work as a volunteer with Deafblind Scotland in October 1997 and was a member on the Management Committee at its inception in 1999. Michael was elected to the Board of Directors when Deafblind Scotland became an independent charity in April 2001. He was elected to vice chair of Deafblind Scotland at the 2009 AGM and he also chairs our finance subcommittee. Michael lives with type 2 Usher Syndrome and was born with moderate hearing loss and no apparent sight loss until it started to gradually deteriorate from around 13 years of age. He registered blind at the age of 33 and retired at 37 from his work as a statistical technician with Agricultural Research Council Unit of Statistics based at Edinburgh University. He was about 39 when he eventually lost what ‘useful’ sight he had. Michael still partakes in rowing and swimming, which were activities he did when at school and Boy Scouts respectively.


Michael Rooney

Michael Rooney worked at Blindcraft, Glasgow from 1982 until 2002. During his working time he was shop steward and Deputy Convenor.   In 1986 Michael came into contact with one colleague who introduced him to Deafblind Scotland and he was elected a board member in 2008.   Michael’s dual sensory impairment is as a result of Rubella during pregnancy. He was born during wartime and little was known about the effects of this at that time. As he is getting older his condition is deteriorating but he is determined to make improvements for younger generations. This was his main reason for joining the board and he is now in his second term of election. One of his main aims at the moment is to achieve a free pass for guide/communicators whilst travelling by train with a deafblind person.


James Orr Ross

James Orr Ross joined Deafblind Scotland in June 2011, he has been employed in the fields of personnel, training and industrial relations for more than 40 years, 25 of those at directorate level with Strathclyde Regional Council, James is chartered FCIPD. James has over 16 years experience as a Director/Trustee of various charitable organisations. He is currently a non-executive director of Headway Ayrshire, providing services to clients living with acquired brain injury; CASS, providing independent citizen advocacy services to people living with learning difficulties, and Aspire2gether, an organisation assisting individuals move into learning, training, volunteering and employment. James believes that non-executive directors should be the custodians of the governance process and that they should not be involved in the day-to-day running of business but should monitor the executive activity and contribute to the development of strategy.


Rogan Welsh

Rogan Welsh is a retired Shipmaster and Naval Reserve Officer.

Rogan  has been associated with Deafblind Scotland since 2001. In 2012 Rogan was appointed position as a Director.

As a member of the Building Committee Rogan  is involved with the Field of Dreams project and understands the importance of this new building for deafblind people.

In his spare time Rogan enjoys are home maintenance and undertakes language courses with The Open University. He is also involved with the West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS discussion events.

Alison Clyde

Alison Clyde

Alison Clyde is National Development Manager at Generations Working Together – the national centre responsible for developing and supporting intergenerational practice across Scotland.

Prior to this Alison worked as Manager of The Braveheart Association for nine years and was responsible for rolling out the Braveheart Mentoring Programme across Forth Valley.  Alison has over 20 years of management, project development and volunteering experience and has worked in the public, private and third sectors. Alison started her career as a Sports Development Officer and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Education and Health Promotion.

Alison has a passion for supporting charities and is currently Chair of Town Break (a local dementia charity) as well as a Director of Deafblind Scotland.


Alison Brownlie

Alison has been a service user with Deafblind Scotland since 2000 when she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. Alison has been deaf since she was two years old.

Alison has a multi-skilled background and has worked worked in a range of places including a  florist shop, Scottish Power, Supply Nursery Nurse, Community Advocacy Officer and she is now a Massage Therapist.

Alison was elected as a Director of Deafblind Scotland in 2013. She is a member of the Scottish Advisory Group on Deafblindness Committee.

Alison has been an active fundraiser for Deafblind Scotland and has raised over £8000 doing a Titan Crane Abseil and two challenging Charity Treks in Nepal and Iceland.

Alison is a mother with three grown up children and she cares for her dual purpose working dog and a cat. In her spare time she enjoys knitting, reading, Sudoku, Scrabble and walking.

Angela Muir

Angela Muir

Angela has been a member of  Deafblind Scotland since 2000.

Angela speaks highly of the guide/communicator service. She uses the service to support her to go swimming, walks, shopping, make and interpret calls, assist her with her grandchildren (enabling her to be a grandmother) and to socialise with other deafblind members.

Angela said without Deafblind Scotland and the guide service in particular she would have been very isolated and had little contact with people who understand her dual sensory impairment.

Angela is a mother of three sons and has three grandchildren. With the support of guide/communicators Angela is an active person and lives life to the full.


John Owens

John Owens has been serving on the Board of Deafblind Scotland since October 2011.

Following a long career in Social Work as a practitioner and manager he brings a good understanding of public services and the challenges facing people who rely on these services and supports to live their lives to the full in their community. Equality and Rights are major drivers in his approach and he continues to champion inequalities whenever it arises.

Having developed and managed successful projects and services, he is a keen supporter of innovation and encourages reflection and continuous improvement rather than status quo.

Running marathons and distances over 26 miles, even if they are over mountains, are regular days out for him. With age, the bike is becoming more of an interest alongside 60s and 70s music. Family remains the major priority and the first grandchild is an energiser and a new role that continues to teach about life.