Nigel successfully stood for election to be an Aniridia Network UK trustee in 2012/13. He couldn’t be at the annual general meeting in person. This is the nomination statement he provided instead.
I have aniridia and grew up when aniridia wasn’t that well known about, especially the genetics’ and before the cosmetic implantation of the aniridic lens. I went to a visually impaired school and followed a career in recruitment, programming and now accountancy, where as a part qualified accountant I run my own business in recruitment and business consultancy, covering a wide spectrum of accountancy from payroll to management accounts, budgeting/forecasting to final accounts.
With such a diverse career, I’ve been able to adapt to the obstacles of both career and personal life as a matter of challenge rather than defeat and have been in a position where I can recognize the needs and aspirations of the visually impaired person, as such am able to be pro-active and utilise my experience in the support of the needs and requirements of a visually impaired person, having been though the challenges already.
Not to sound too much like a resume, I have a wide and diverse experience of working with/alongside ethnic, disabled, special needs & social class individuals / groups of one disability or another, within either employment (recruitment) to charitable organisations such as Canterbury Lions Club, Brighton Society for the Blind, East Sussex Association for the Blind, and Lark In The Park (special needs charity) being pro-active in the programmes/events, fundraising/fundraising events to administration, treasury and computer systems development and client user training.
For those who are still awake, my interest / willingness to became a member of the committee, is to continue my support in helping others who are generally disadvantaged to mainstream life and promote the principle of ‘ability not disability’. In addition, I am able to pass on first-hand the university of life as an person with aniridia and the understanding of others with the same condition. In relation to being part of the charity, with my business acumen help ensure that its, core principles are fulfilled and to the highest standard.
I thank you for listening and look forward to working and meeting you.