President of the Board
Billy was born blind and as a child went to the Sight Saving School in Dundee and became a Member of Dundee Blind & Partially Sighted Society from the age of 5!
Billy worked with Dovetail Enterprises for 18 years before his retirement at the age of 66.
Billy became a Board Member so he could give something back to the Society who he feels has looked out for him as he was growing up and even when he was working.
Billy is an avid Dundee FC supporter and keen bowls player for the Dee Club bowls section.
Vice-President of the Board
I have lived in Dundee and Fife for thirty years.
I graduated from University of Dundee with MA in Politics and Psychology.
Awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
I have been a Board Member of the Society for twenty years and I am currently the Vice-President.
My introduction to the Society was through an office colleague, a member of the Society who suggested that the Board and Society would appreciate my skills and experience gained working with young people with sensory impairments.
I have found my involvement with the Society at times challenging but extremely fulfilling and rewarding.
Shortly after being registered as visually impaired in 2001 I was invited to join the DBPSS Board of Directors.
At that time, I had retired from my job as a Biomedical Scientist with the NHS.
Apart from the scientific aspect of the job, I was involved in administration, which included staffing matters.
Having been involved in various local and national committees, I took the opportunity to join the charity as a volunteer director, in a small way, repaying the Society’s help received in the past.
I became involved with Society in 1995 as my mother became blind and for over 25 years have been a Board Director. I have always lived in Dundee and after school (Logie Secondary/Harris Academy) I joined the TSB as a shorthand/typist followed by Dundee University as Library Assistant for several years.
In 1976 I decided to become a stay at home mum during which time I had 3 daughters worked with children group clubs and became a swimming coach.
In 1986 I returned to work as an administrative/library assistant with Dundee Careers Service. I studied HNC/HND Business Administration/Information Technology (2 years night classes) Health & Safety and rose to the position of Personal Assistant to head of North East Region (Skills Development Scotland) until I retired in 2014.
Keith Thomson Dip PFS BA (Hons) has been a Director and Board Member of Dundee Blind and Partially Sighted Society since October 2017. He is also a Senior Wealth Management Consultant with Blackadders Wealth Management LLP with over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
He started providing independent financial advice in 1985 and joined Blackadders LLP in July 1991 to develop their financial services division, which was then demerged into Blackadders Wealth Management LLP in November 2016, which is now one of the leading independent IFA and discretionary portfolio management firms in Scotland. As a Consultant, he specialises in Investment portfolio construction, financial planning strategies, Trusts and mentoring the firm’s advisers after stepping down from his role as Director.
He was previously an external examiner for the Business and Financial Services element of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with the University of Dundee as well as being a tutor on the Conduct of Investment Business rules for SOLAS. He is also a mentor for Future Asset, a charity that aims to encourage girls of school age to develop an interest, and potentially a career, in the financial services industry.
Keith won the Scotsman IFA of the Year competition in 2008 and away from work, he divides his time between family, hill walking and playing golf as well as still being involved with the Round Table and Fortay clubs in Dundee.
Now that he is working on a part time basis, he has been keen to become more involved in charitable work with organisations who can benefit from his knowledge and expertise, putting something back into the local community where he’s lived since 1986. DBPSS provides a valuable service to the community and he is proud to be of assistance to the Board to continue their excellent work in this field
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