Lynette Shanbury announced as new Chair

Lynette Shanbury
Lynette Shanbury, new Chair of VocalEyes Trustees

VocalEyes, the leading charity supporting access to art and heritage for blind and partially sighted people, is delighted to announce the appointment of Lynette Shanbury as their new Chair of Trustees.

Lynette joined Polka Theatre as Executive Director and Joint CEO in August 2018, where she is seeing the company through a major redevelopment of their venue in its 40th anniversary year. This followed nearly four years at participatory arts company Spare Tyre, where she helped to strengthen the financial position of the company and develop major new strands of partnership work. Prior to that she spent eight years at Little Angel Theatre in Islington, moving from General Manager to Executive Director during that time. Lynette has previously also worked at Arts & Business, and has been a Trustee for Scarabeus Aerial Theatre.

Lynette says:

‘I am delighted to take up the role of Chair at VocalEyes, an organisation that does vital work to ensure that experiencing arts and culture is increasingly accessible for as many people as possible. VocalEyes supports a huge range of organisations across this sector every day, helping blind and partially sighted people to access quality experiences, and raising the profile of those opportunities. Through skilful work they are helping the arts and heritage sector to keep pushing inclusive practice forward. It is a real privilege to become Chair.’

Matthew Cock, Chief Executive of VocalEyes, says:

‘We’re delighted that Lynette has taken up the role as Chair. She’s already made a fantastic contribution as a Board member over the last year, and her experience in the theatre sector will be invaluable to the organisation in the coming years.’

Lynette takes over from Sarah Boiling, who was appointed as Chair in February 2016. VocalEyes staff and Board would like to thank Sarah for the excellent job she has done as Chair.

Sarah says:

‘It has been a pleasure and a delight to work alongside my fellow trustees, Matthew and the team at Vocal Eyes. VocalEyes does amazing work across the cultural sector supporting organisations to be truly welcoming to visually impaired people, and signposting audiences who are blind and partially sighted to a range of cultural opportunities. I’m sure the organisation will continue to go from strength to strength with Lynette as Chair.’

For more information, contact VocalEyes Chief Executive Matthew Cock, [email protected] or 020 7375 1043