Meet the Team

All staff can be contacted on 0191 232 7292


Angie Porter is our bookkeeper who oversees all finances for Newcastle Vision Support.

Angie works Thursdays only 09:30am – 4:30pm


Vision Inclusion Officer

Jacqui Smith is our Vision Inclusion Officer. For more information on what Jacqui does please visit the Vision Inclusion Officer page.

Jacqui works Monday 10:00am – 4:00pm and

Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 4:30pm


Financial Inclusion Officer/Office Manager

Philippa Taylor offers one to one assistance with applying for benefits.  She will offer advice and help with form filling and if necessary attend appeal hearings. Please visit the Benefits Advice page for more information. As well as this Philippa is also the office manager. She oversees the day to day running of the office and is responsible for fundraising.

Philippa works Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm


Senior Business Administrator

Courtney Lee is our Business Administrator. Courtney deals with incoming queries via telephone, she is responsible for the production of our quarterly newsletter and all other mail outs. She also arranges taxis for our social groups and assists with all aspects of admin duties. Courtney also provides additional support to the Office Manager and provides support with fundraising.

Courtney works Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 4:30pm


Group Activity Coordinator

Joanne Harbottle is responsible for the co-ordination, organisation and facilitation of our activities delivered in a group setting for Visually Impaired people, as well as the support and guidance of our volunteers.

Joanne works Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 4:30pm


*please note as of June 2023 Beth has left the role of Activity Coordinator. If you would like any information on the activities we currently run please check our website for updates or call the office on 0191 232 7292*

IT Officer

Angus Huntley is our IT Officer. He offers one to one support with any technology related queries that you may have. Angus can provide support with a wide range of topics such as magnification and voiceover on smartphones, tablets and laptops. He is also able to provide demonstrations of smart home devices such as Alexa and Google Home. If you would like further information about our IT Support service please visit the IT Support page.

Angus works Tuesday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm


Graeme Manwell

Graeme Manwell is a support worker for our IT Officer, Angus. Graeme provides support to Angus wherever it may be required. If you make an appointment with Angus for technological support it is more than likely that he will be joined by Graeme. Two members of the team for the price of one.

Graeme works Tuesday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm


Safeguarding Officer

Sharon Heatherington is our safeguarding office. Sharon is available to support people who have been victims of abuse and to help prevent the risk of abuse. This could be regarding finances, physical or emotional abuse. Sharon is here to support you and your wellbeing. For more information on Safeguarding please visit our Safeguarding Adults Page.

Sharon works Wednesday – Friday from 10.30am – 4.30pm.