Our Team

CEO

Keith Valentine
Keith Valentine

Keith has a background in leading urban renewal programmes but, as his own vision deteriorated, turned his energies to the sight loss sector. He has spent the last five years holding senior and board positions at Thomas Pocklington Trust, the Royal National Institute of Blind People, and RP Fighting Blindness.
His personal and work experiences afford Keith a unique perspective of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as Vision UK is established.

On his appointment, Keith said : “I’m honoured to be leading Vision UK. I’m excited to build on the excellent work of the UK Vision Strategy, VISION 2020 UK, and the England Vision Strategy teams, working in partnership with the eye health and sight loss sectors to deliver transformational change”.

Director

Matt Broom
Matt Broom

Matt joined to implement the organisation’s strategic plans and operations. Matt is heavily involved in leading the work of our Expert Committees, ensuring they achieve proper results and make full use of the expertise of specific members.

His role involves working with and encouraging collaboration between the different organisations working within the sector and beyond. An experienced manager and communicator, Matt has previous experience working in both the sight and hearing loss sectors.

National Development Manager

Mary Bairstow
Mary Bairstow

Mary is a qualified Optometrist who developed one of the first multi-disciplinary teams in low vision at Birmingham Focus on Blindness (managing OT, Rehabilitation Workers, Orthoptists and Optometrists).

In 2000 Mary took up a national role with Vision UK in supporting the development of low vision services through collaborative working. Mary has worked to support the collaborative sector strategy on a local and national basis. Throughout her career she has continued to practice in the NHS – specialising in low vision optometry.

Operations Officer

Tayyaba Kamal
Tayyaba Kamal

Tayyaba joined Vision UK with the task of supporting the organisations administrative responsibilities.

Tayyaba has over 10 years’ experience in various administrative roles, mainly working in the third sector.