Anthony Blackman

Anthony Blackman

At a glance


  • Social media marketing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business development / Sales
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • 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 month
Evenings and Weekends


  • Any

Type of role

Short term project, Ongoing role, Trustee/Governor

Work history


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About me

Experienced Trustee, NED & Chair

Enthusiastic, flexible & 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 and I have been involved with optics since 2004. During this time I have studied several optical qualifications, including my MSc. I spent over 5 years as senior lecturer & professional lead at a University, where I chaired several committees and demonstrated great skill in working with collaborative partners to achieve shared goals, working as an effective team.

Over the years I have become used to dealing with governance and regulatory frameworks (both educational and healthcare/optical) which have 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. My most recent qualification is a Certificate in Charity Law and Governance.

I continue to keep up-to-date with what is happening in the sector and complete CPD on a regular basis. This is achieved though my membership of several professional bodies, including the Institute of Directors, where I am working towards Chartered Director status.

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

  • Carers Support East Kent (Vice chair and Chair of the People & Governance subcommittee)
  • Vision Care for Homeless People – A national charity where I also chair the PR and Fundraising subcommittee
  • Kent Association for the Blind
  • Communigrow - I am the business development trustee and also have responsibility for governance
  • The British Contact Lens Association – Council Member. I also sit on the Membership committee and the Education committee. As well as being chair of the Fellowship subcommittee.

I also sit on the Education & Learning Committee of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) as a Lay Member.

Previous roles

  • British Council for Prevention of Blindness (as well as sitting on the advisory panel which scrutinised the applications we received)
  • Emmaus (Medway) as well as being a trustee/director I sat on the Finance, Audit and Risk committee
  • Bemix CIC – Interim Co-chair for the Supported Employment programmes. I spent 6 months implementing changes to strengthen the governance and to implement an action plan following an Ofsted inspection
  • The Association of British Dispensing Opticians – a member of the board of directors, as well as being secretary for the South East and sitting on the Continuing Education and Training committee.

I have developed a wide range of skills including:

  • fundraising strategy
  • communication
  • social media
  • strategic planning and business development
  • digital implementation
  • leadership, coaching, and mentoring
  • compliance (safeguarding, GDPR, health, and safety)
  • change management 
  • governance 
  • working with regulators and local authorities
  • a good understanding of balance sheets, cash flow forecasts and budget setting

What am I looking for

NED or Trustee roles, but also capable of extending to a chair/vice-chair/co-chair role.