Vision UK is a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Association) on the foundation model, governed by a Board of Trustees made up of experts from the eye health, sight loss and healthcare sectors.
Nigel is the Chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). In 2003 Nigel set up his own business, Learned Lion Partners, providing consultancy and investments into organisations delivering on public policy and healthcare related projects. In 2010 he founded SureCalm Healthcare Ltd, a business that provides care and support for people with long term conditions to enable them to live independently.
Nigel was previously Chair of the General Osteopathic Council, Chair of VISION 2020 UK and a member of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
Vice ChairJenny Pearce
Jenny is Vice Chairman of Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) and she represents TPT on the Vision UK Board.
She is a qualified social worker who has spent some forty five years working in health and social care, initially in statutory services but primarily within the voluntary sector. She was Chief Executive of Vista (the local society working to support people with sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland) until her retirement in 2012. She is a member of the Vision UK Early Intervention and Enablement Committee and she led the work to develop the Adult UK Eye Health and Sight Loss Pathway.
Jenny was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the RNIB in 2013 and the British Empire Medal in 2015.
Alistair is an experienced senior leader with a background in professional, economic and consumer protection regulation, and as solicitor in private practice. He has particular expertise in strategy and policy development, and communications and stakeholder engagement. Alistair has a law degree from the University of Cambridge and an MA in organisational consultancy from the Tavistock Centre that provided insight into group dynamics and consultancy skills to optimise individual and team performance.
As Director of Strategy at the General Optical Council, Alistair is responsible for strategy, communications, stakeholder engagement, professional and business standards, policy, research, governance, business planning and performance reporting.
At the communications regulator Ofcom, Alistair held various senior roles covering consumer protection, consumer policy and strategic planning. As Executive Director of the Communications Consumer Panel, the independent statutory body that champions consumers’ interests in the communications sector, he led policy and research projects to successfully influence Ofcom, Government and industry.
Michael Burdon, President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He is a recognised teacher and expert on neuro-ophthalmology, co-authoring “The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide” and has extensive experience in the diagnosis, surgical correction and management of adult motility disorders. His main research interests are papilloedema and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Mike is committed to maintaining high standards in the ophthalmology profession, working with other organisations in the eye health sector to continue to deliver world-class eye care for all patients.’
Graham is Chief Executive of North East Sensory Services (NESS), formerly known as Grampian Society for the Blind (GSB which is the first full joint sensory service in Scotland.
After being diagnosed as visually impaired with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of 22, Graham changed career from working as a fabricator/welder to becoming employed by GSB as a Social Work Assistant. Later he qualified as a Social Worker and latterly employed as GSB’s first Senior Social Worker after gaining SVQ Management qualifications. He was also a Regional Manager for Turning Point Scotland (TPS).
Graham was Vice President for 2 years of the Scottish Council on Visual Impairment (SCOVI) and a further 2 years as President before the end of his term in November 2012. He is Chairman of Visionary, a Trustee of the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCOD) and is a Lead for the Scottish Government’s See Hear (sensory impairment) Strategy.
Honorary TreasurerLorraine Finnie
Lorraine is a qualified accountant with over 25 years experience. She is the Head of Finance at the Thomas Pocklington Trust and works with a number of sight loss charities including Vision Aid Overseas.
Previously, Lorraine worked at a senior level in Royal Mail Group and Post Office Ltd for over 20 years, across Treasury, Insurance, Business Partnering, evaluating investment decisions, implementing controls and processes.
Ian is the Chief Executive of the College of Optometrists, the professional and scientific body for optometry in the UK. Prior to taking this new role, he was the College’s Director of Member Services and Communications for six years and has worked within a range of other membership organisations including the Finance & Leasing Association, Country Land & Business Association and English Heritage.
Ian was previously a Trustee of VISION 2020 UK. He is a Governor of Bursted Wood Primary School, Director of a small residential management company.
Elizabeth spent over 30 years working in the Department of Health on a wide range of policy issues before retiring in 2015. She developed a strong interest in eye health issues through working at various times on policy for learning disability, diabetes and General Ophthalmic Services. She also has many years’ experience supporting her mother through treatment for cataracts and then for wet and dry macular degeneration.
Elizabeth has been a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Lay Advisory Group since October 2016 during which time she has been involved in the development of emergency eyecare commissioning guidelines, the development of the College’s recently published new forward strategy and two invited reviews to English hospitals.
TrusteeDr Mike Nussbaum
Mike’s career as a research chemist was cut short by failing eyesight, but Mike soon forged a second career in local government and public policy development including leading the government’s policy unit on Children’s Play.
Mike is involved with various charitable organisations both locally, nationally and more broadly, in the European context. He was previously a Trustee of VISION 2020 UK and is currently a Trustee of RNIB and acts as Community Development Adviser to the Churches Conservation Trust). He also regularly acts as Ambassador and conference presenter for the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) and has recently become a Board Member of the Small Charities Coalition.
Mike is Chair of the Cross Sectors Working Group (known as the Expert Volunteers Initiative) which aims to recruit volunteers to assist the hardest to reach groups of the long-term unemployed to access employment opportunities which is very relevant to people with a visual impairment.
In 2005 Mike received a national ‘Year of the Volunteer’ Award for services to volunteering, and in 2008 The Open University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of over 40 years of public service.
Ellie Southwood is Chair of RNIB and has been a Trustee of RNIB since 2010. Over the past year, she has steered development of RNIB Connect, a growing community of blind and partially sighted people who support, inspire and share information with one another. Ellie is a champion for employment opportunities for people of working age and for involvement of blind and partially sighted people in civic and public life.
In 2014, Ellie was elected as a Councillor in the London Borough of Brent, where she now has cabinet responsibility for a range of services, including waste, parking, transportation and open spaces.
Ellie’s career spans the public, private and non-profit sectors. She specialises in supporting organisations to develop strategies and implement cultural and operational change. Ellie’s early career was in public policy and includes research and stakeholder management for a local government think tank, a communications company and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Ellie has a Masters in Organisational Behaviour (2013) and a first degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics from Oxford University (2003).
Richard is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of Epidemiology at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
With over three decades of clinical experience, Richard has contributed much to the understanding of the epidemiology of eye disease, having performed and advised upon systematic reviews, clinical trials and more. He has experience as a medical advisory trustee for two major international NGOs for the prevention of blindness – Sight Savers International and the Fred Hollows Foundation. He was previously a Trustee of VISION 2020 UK. A popular speaker, Wormald is also a prolific author, having written more than 120 research papers; Richard is also the Coordinating editor of the Cochrane eyes and vision group.