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Jane Latham, Development Director, UCAN Productions

Jane has been an Arts and Media development Manager since 1995. Clients have included BAFTA Cymru, The Welsh International Film Festival, BBC Wales, Channel 4, UWIC, WDA, The Sherman Theatre and The Gate Arts Centre.

Jane Latham was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship in February 2012.   This Fellowship enabled Jane to travel to the USA and research organisations that support blind and partially sighted young people and to build links between UCAN members and young people in America.  Over 1000 people applied and only about 100 were awarded a travel bursary.

In November 2012 Jane was also made an Honorary Associate of Cardiff University, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences because of all the work with the students and UCAN Productions.

 

Bernard (Bernie) Latham, Artistic Director, UCAN Productions

Bernie originally trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  He has been a director and actor for 40 years  and has worked extensively in theatres across the UK.  He has also worked for all the major broadcasters and his television acting credits include nine years as ‘MR C’ or Mr Cunningham in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

Bernie has always specialised in inspiring and encouraging those who have traditionally not participated in drama.

In 2003 Bernie was the stage director for ‘The Songs for Salone’ tour.  He travelled to Sierra Leone, West Africa and with four other sighted people, returned to the UK with 35 members of the Milton Margai School for the Blind Choir, and toured 16 venues throughout the UK.  The final concert was held in Westminster Abbey with an audience of 2000.  It was this experience which led him and his wife Jane to establish UCAN Productions.

Since 2004 Bernard has dedicated his time to developing and piloting confidence building performance activities for visually impaired young people.

 

Board of Directors:

 

Dorian Brunt, Chairman – Government Lawyer

On the board since UCAN was created.

Jane Worsey, UCAN Treasurer – Head of Finance, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

As an accountant, Jane’s role on the UCAN board largely relates to finance. With a great deal of experience in the charity sector, Jane fully understands the financial challenges UCAN faces.  The passion and enthusiasm of the young people, staff and volunteers, provide inspiration for Jane and her fellow Board members.

Dr Margaret (Maggie)  Woodhouse OBE

Expertise lies in visual development in children, particularly those with special needs.

Nicola Crews, MBE – Head of Education and Employment Services, RNIB Cymru

Nicola has worked extensively with children and young people in the UK and in the far east. She keenly supports UCAN’s work to build confidence and resilience in young people and provides training and support on all issues around visual impairment.

Chriss O’Connell – Head of Cross Cutting Themes Team / Equality Advisor

Board member and volunteer for UCAN with expertise in equality, diversity, teaching and learning.

Dr Alyson Rees – Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Cardiff University

A parent of one of the young people attending UCAN. She has research interests in fostering, child neglect, working with complex families and domestic violence

John Sanders – Information and Development Manager, The Nystagmus Network

John is is visually impaired and the author of the Northwick stories, one of which has been adapted for the stage by UCAN.

Sophie Dyment – Transitions Team Manager RNIB Cymru

Manages the transitions and employment service. Joined the UCAN Board four years ago when working for Wales Council for the Blind. Keen to support the difference UCAN makes to the lives of young people all across the country.