Anthony Blackman

Anthony Blackman

At a glance


  • Social media marketing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business development / Sales
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Governance
  • General / operations management
  • Mentoring / Coaching
  • Teaching / Education
  • Training


Based in Gillingham, Kent
I would prefer to volunteer mainly at home, mainly at the office, or will consider remote opportunities from across the UK.


Either in or out of office hours

One or Two working days a week
Evenings and Weekends


  • Any

Type of role

Ongoing role, Short term project, Trustee/Governor

Work history


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About me

Enthusiastic, flexible and a fast learner. I have experience with director/trustee roles with several charities and the chairing of committees; as well as running my own business since 2017.

My professional background is as a qualified optician, registered with the General Optical Council. I skill work part-time in practice 2-3 days a week and have been involved with optics since 2004. During this time I have studied several optical qualifications, including my MSc distinction. I also spend over 5 years as a senior lecture and professional lead at Canterbury Christ Church University, where I chair several meetings/committees and demonstrated great skill in working with collaborative partners to achieve shared goals, working as an effective team.

I currently sit on two education committees

  • The Optical Sector Steering Group - discussion around all aspects of optical education from levels 2-7
  • Education and Learning committee of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) as a Lay Member

Over the years I have become used to dealing with governance and regulatory frameworks (both educational and healthcare/optical) which has been helped by my ability to think creatively, analytically and a willingness to modify my thinking in the light of new information/dialogue, and to respect the differing views of others

Also, having previously completed a course in accounting, this has proven useful in understanding and interpreting financial papers and budgets.

I am currently a director/trustee for the following charities: -

  • British Council for Prevention of Blindness - funding research into reducing blindness in low & low-middle income countries
  • Vision Care for Homeless People - providing eyecare and spectacles to vulnerable people in cities across England
  • Emmaus (Medway) - supporting homeless people in the Medway area with meaningful work, food, shelter and the opportunity to rebuild their lives
  • Kent Association for the Blind - provides a wide range of services across Kent to blind and partially sighted people for 100 years

I am also involved with Bemix CIC where I am Co-Chair/Governor for their Supported Internship programme, which helps people with a learning disability or autism into employment.

My trustee roles have given me knowledge of the different forms of fundraising & PR, as well as grant-making and strategic planning.


What am I looking for

Board/Trustee roles