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BWBF welcomes new Chair & Vice Chair

British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) has welcomed a new Chair and Vice-Chair to lead its Board of Trustees.

As of 19 March 2024, Mike Brace CBE DL took over from Daniel Smith as the charity’s Chair. A former Paralympian, social worker and disability charity leader, Mike has served on BWBF’s Board of Trustees since 2018. Gerry Thorn will take on the role of Vice-Chair. Instrumental in the development of some of BWBF’s best-loved adapted radios, Gerry has also served as a Trustee for the charity since 2018.

Miek Brace standing on a sandy beach, with a dog in front of him
Mike Brace CBE DL, BWBF’s new Chair of Trustees

Outgoing Chair Daniel Smith will continue to serve on BWBF’s Board of Trustees going forward.

Sophie Jones, Chief Executive Officer for BWBF, said: “On behalf of BWBF, I want to express our immense gratitude to Daniel Smith for his astounding contribution. Under Daniel’s guidance, our charity has undergone a remarkable transformation – embracing a new technological era and evolving our service for people living with sight loss. He is incredibly passionate about supporting our beneficiaries and I am delighted he will be continuing to bring his expertise to bear as a Trustee.

“Meanwhile, I’d like to welcome Mike Brace and Gerry Thorn into their new roles. Already, their contribution on our Board has been huge, and I know that their experience and vision will help us innovate to deliver an even better service for those we exist to support.”

Mike Brace, BWBF’s new Chair of Trustees, said: “I am very proud to have been appointed as Chair. As someone with a vision impairment, I got my first BWBF wireless over 50 years ago and still remember vividly the thrill of being able to access my selected radio stations when and where I wanted to. My radio is still the main means of my accessing news, information and entertainment and I am looking forward to supporting the charity in providing people living with sight loss with access to whatever they need by whatever means possible.”

Mike Brace is a former Paralympic skier.  He was Chief Executive of Vision 2020 UK and served as Chairman of the British Paralympic Association. He has been awarded an OBE and a CBE for Services to Disabled Sport. Gerry Thorn is a former Product and IT Director for Roberts Radio. This role saw him help to develop BWBF’s Concerto products, a line of specially adapted radios designed for people living with sight loss.