Arts Council England for Opening Up Creative Culture
Big Lottery Fund for the following projects: AdvantAGE Wales Eye Patient Advocacy Service, Empowering Young People Programme: Realise, Lisburn in Focus Northern Ireland, Silver Dreams Programme: Older People Taking Control (OPTiC), Supporting Change and Impact: SEED (Social Enterprise and Employment Development), Talk and Support – Supporting Our Volunteers through Mentoring, ENABLER.
Heritage Lottery Fund for A Sense of the Past Northern Ireland and All Our Stories Programme – Insight into the Past.
Creative Scotland for Insight Outdoors.
Who's who at RNIB
Patron, President and Vice-Presidents
HM The Queen
Dame Gail Ronson DBE (from 24 May 2012)
His Grace The Duke of Westminster KG, CB, CVO, OBE, TD, CD, DL (until 24 May 2012)
Members of the Board of Trustees together with a brief biography of each individual are listed below. Full details of membership of committees are available from the Governance Unit at RNIB’s Judd Street address. Over three-quarters of the Board are blind or partially sighted. The number in brackets after each name represents attendance at Board of Trustee meetings during the year with six being the total meetings held.
Kevin Carey (RNIB Group Chair) (5 of 6)
Kevin Carey is in his second term as Chair of the RNIB Group, having held this office since 2009, prior to which he was Vice-Chair from 2000-09. Kevin also chairs RNIB’s Executive, Governance, International and Remuneration Committees and the ‘Shadow’ board of RNIB Solutions. He is the Founder Director of his own charity, HumanITy, which specialises in eInclusion project management and policy formulation. Kevin has published three novels and is a Lay minister in the Church of England. Born with little sight, Kevin lost his residual vision in his mid 20s. He lives with his wife Margaret in Sussex.
Derek Child (RNIB Group Vice-Chair) (6 of 6)
Derek was sighted until his mid teens when he became registered partially sighted and totally lost his sight aged 20. Involved in RNIB Governance since 1984, Derek was elected as RNIB Group’s Vice Chair in 2009 and now holds the office of Vice-Chair (Internal Affairs). Now retired and living in Milton Keynes, Derek was previously the Head of Equality and Diversity at the Open University. Derek is a governor of RNIB College Loughborough and is committed to making sure that all blind and partially sighted people get access to high quality education and training and improved employment opportunities.
Eleanor Southwood (RNIB Group Vice-Chair) (5 of 6)
Ellie became a Trustee in 2010 and was elected as RNIB Group Vice-Chair (External Affairs) in 2012. She is Chair of the Living with Sight Loss Programme Board and a governor of RNIB Sunshine House School. Ellie’s early career was in policy and research. More recently, she worked as a consultant with a leading executive search and selection company. The 2012 RNIB Clore Social Fellow, Ellie is studying for an MSc in Organisational Behaviour. Ellie’s commitment to the RNIB Group comes from personal experience, having been born with no useful sight. She is passionate about improving opportunities for blind and partially sighted people, particularly in overcoming barriers to employment.
Terry Moody (Honorary Treasurer) (6 of 6)
Terry has a long involvement with RNIB’s governance and is now in his third and final term of office as RNIB Group Honorary Treasurer following election in 2011. He is Chair of RNIB’s Audit Committee, sits on the Investment Sub Committee and is an RNIB Pension Trustee. Additionally, Terry sits on the Board of Trustees of Action for Blind People. With an academic background in economics and finance, Terry has recently retired from Glasgow University where he was a senior lecturer in economics. Terry is blind, is married with a son and lives in Glasgow.
Linda Bancroft (5 of 6)
Linda joined the Board on 1 January 2012 having been elected by the UK Members’ Forum. She has a BA (Hons) in International Business and Finance, is a Chartered Industrial Chemist and is also a highly experienced and successful business consultant, both nationally and internationally, specialising in change management. Linda is married, has two sons and four grandchildren and lives in Cheshire. After losing her sight in an accident, Linda found that RNIB and Action were instrumental in helping her to gain new skills and to provide the support needed to move forward with her life.
Margaret Bennett (5 of 6)
Margaret is now in her second term of office as a Trustee, having first been appointed to the Board in 2010. She is currently Chair of RNIB’s Prevention of Sight Loss Programme Board. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Margaret’s portfolio of work includes Finance Director of Online Centres Foundation and acting as a mentor and coach for voluntary sector leaders. Previous roles included Deputy Chief Executive of the Learning and SkilIs Improvement Services, a senior Civil Servant and Chief Executive of the National Library for the Blind. Margaret lives in Sheffield and is partially sighted.
Paul Bryce (4 of 6)
Paul joined the Board on 1 January 2012, having been appointed to fill a casual vacancy. Prior to that, Paul had been an active member of RNIB’s UK Members’ Forum and a volunteer campaigns co-ordinator. A freelance journalist by profession, Paul has worked both for the BBC and commercial radio and is a regular contributor to RNIB’s Insight Radio. He is currently an Assistant Press Officer with Worcestershire County Council. Living in Staffordshire, Paul has been blind from birth.
Dr Heather Giles (6 of 6)
Heather is in her first term of office as a Trustee, having been appointed to the Board in 2011. Professionally, Heather has held senior scientific positions in the pharmaceutical industry and has a PhD in Pharmacology. She is currently Chief Scientific Officer for a small pharmaceutical company. Heather has a personal understanding of the challenges facing people with sight loss because she is partially sighted herself, and also, even before becoming a Trustee, she was supporting RNIB’s work as a local campaigns volunteer. Heather lives in London.
Lydia Harper (5 of 6)
Lydia is in her first term of office as an RNIB Trustee, having been appointed to the Board on 1 January 2012. Lydia lives in Cardiff and is a Solicitor in private practice specialising in criminal litigation. Lydia is a member of the Cardiff University Professional Development Unit. In 2010 Lydia was appointed as a member of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation Bursary Committee. Whilst not registered blind or partially sighted, Lydia has experience of sight loss issues and was a volunteer befriender for RNIB before becoming a Trustee
Vidar Hjardeng MBE (6 of 6)
Vidar is now in his third term of office as an RNIB Group Trustee, having been re-appointed to the Board in 2013 and chairs RNIB’s Travel, Shopping and Control of Money Programme Board. Vidar also sits on the Board of Action for Blind People. A broadcast journalist by profession, Vidar is now a consultant with ITV News Group and has spent much of his career working for the broadcaster. He lives in Birmingham and with personal experience of visual impairment, is proud of his association with charities working with, and for, fellow blind and partially sighted people.
Tanya Lawler (3 of 6)
Tanya is in her first term of office as a Trustee and was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2012. With extensive experience in the retail, media and telecommunications industries, Tanya is currently Vice-President of UK Trading at eBay. Prior to that, she held the role of Director of Digital and Cross Channel at Sainsbury’s, having previously been Director of Direct Channels at Sainsbury’s, Group Commercial Director at Argos and Vice President of Retail at Capgemini.
Richard Moore (3 of 6)
Richard joined the Board in 2011, having been elected as Chair of RNIB Northern Ireland. In 1972, aged 10, whilst on his way home from school, Richard was blinded by a rubber bullet in Derry, Northern Ireland. Richard always wanted to meet the soldier who shot him and in 2006 they met for the first time and remain friends to this day. In 1996, Richard founded Children in Crossfire which has become an international organisation working to protect and promote the rights of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Dr Mike Nussbaum (3 of 6)
Mike joined the Board in May 2011 in the capacity of Chair of Action for Blind People. He currently chairs RNIB’s Complex Needs Programme Board. Mike was forced to cut short his career as a research chemist after his eye sight suddenly failed. However he soon forged a second career in local government and public policy development. Mike was Chair of Volunteering England for 10 years until September 2009. He is therefore very ably equipped to fulfil his role as RNIB’s Trustee volunteering champion. Mike holds a number of other appointments including as a Trustee of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
David Quigley (6 of 6)
David joined the Board on 1 January 2012 following election by the UK Members’ Forum. He chairs RNIB’s Early Reach Programme Board and is also a governor of RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry. David is a member of the Prevention of Sight Loss Programme Board and represents the Charity at certain national level meetings on health-related issues. With 30 years of NHS general management experience, latterly as PCT executive commissioning director, David specialised in service redesign, responsiveness and turnaround, before retiring in 2011. David lives in London and has personal experience of sight loss as he has retinitis pigmentosa.
Ken Reid (6 of 6)
Ken joined the Board on 1 January 2012, having been elected as Chair of RNIB Scotland by the Scotland Member Forum. Ken started his career as a business analyst and then spent over 22 years working for Scottish and Newcastle in a variety of fields, including distribution operations, marketing and human resources. Shortly after joining Scottish and Newcastle, Ken was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. This led to him being registered blind and eventually retiring. He now splits his time between freelance services, helping organisations make themselves more open and accessible to disabled people and voluntary work, including a number of trusteeships. Ken lives in North Berwick.
Tony Rucinski (6 of 6)
Tony became a Trustee of RNIB in 2010. Part way through his first term of office, Tony was elected as Chair of RNIB Cymru (Wales). He was re-elected to this position for a second term in 2013. Tony is also Chair of RNIB’s Inclusive Reading, TV and Technology Programme Board. Professionally, Tony is an experienced third sector and higher education Board level executive, and has held several government advisory roles. He has also worked for KPMG and in private consulting. A trained mentor and business coach, Tony lives with his family in Cardiff and is registered blind.
Paul Ryb (6 of 6)
Paul is in his first term of office as a Trustee, having been appointed to the Board in 2011. He was Managing Director at the Royal Bank of Scotland operating within the Global, Banking and Markets Division having previously worked in the City of London for a number of investment banks specialising in the equity telecommunications market. Since losing his central vision in 2007, he has become involved in a number of sight loss charities including RNIB and the Macular Society, where he continues to use his experiences in dealing with sight loss to benefit others. Paul is married, with children, and lives in London.
Robert Silbermann (5 of 6)
Robert has been a member of the Board since 2002 and is now in his final term of office. He currently chairs the Funding our Ambition (Fundraising) Programme Board. Robert has worked extensively as a company director, consultant and interim/turnaround executive. After a long career in the private sector, he “crossed over” to the not-for-profit sector where he started a new career working with charities, using his business skills to help them become more efficient and effective. Robert’s long association with RNIB has equipped him with an extensive understanding of the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people. He lives in London.
Mike Townsend (1 of 1)
Mike has a long standing association with RNIB governance, having previously chaired many of RNIB’s committees and programme boards. Having completed three terms of office, he stepped down as a Trustee for a year on 31 December 2011 in line with the requirements of RNIB’s Royal Charter. He was elected back onto the Board by the UK Members’ Forum on 1 January 2013. With a background in technology, Mike has worked as a technical director and consultant and is president of the British Computer Association for the Blind. Mike lost his sight at the age of 8. He is married, with a daughter, and lives in Leicestershire.
Independent members of the Audit Committee
UK Members’ Forum
Our UK Members’ Forum gives us a closer rapport with our membership. The forum is a place for membership representatives to come together and discuss the issues of importance to them. These issues then go forward to the Board of Trustees. It gives our members a direct link to RNIB’s most senior governing body and helps identify and shape major strategy, policy and
service issues. The UK Members’ Forum meets twice a year (one meeting includes the Annual General Meeting). It is supported by local member forums – nine in England, one in Northern Ireland, one in Scotland and one in Wales. As well as enabling our members to have a direct role in shaping our strategy, the UK Members’ Forum increases opportunities for interaction between members at a local and national level. All members are invited to the forum meeting in their region or country, and each forum chooses its representatives to the UK Members’ Forum.
UK Members’ Forum Representatives
Timothy Bamber (from January 2013)
Jane Payne (until December 2012)
Mike Pearson (from January 2013)
Michael Radford (until December 2012)
Michael Dyke (until December 2012)
Helen Anne Mathias
John Thomas (until December 2012)
Jackie Venus (from April 2013)
East of England
Alexander Wheen (until September 2012)
Gordon Chandler (from January 2013)
Gena Parker (from January 2013)
Dr Mike Townsend (until December 2012)
Mohammed Abbas-Rashid (from January 2013)
Bhanumati Dabhi (until December 2012)
Yorkshire and the Humber
Donald Baron (until December 2012)
David Haynes (from March 2013)
Roy Ruddick BEM (from March 2013)
Peter Westwood (until August 2012)
Hayley Anne Reed (from April 2013)
Peter Bennetts (from January 2013)
Lisa Charlton MBE (until December 2012)
Claire Parker (from January 2013 to March 2013)
Denise Ross (until December 2012)
Chris Malone (until August 2012)
Frances (Faye) Jones MBE
Amanda Burt (from January 2013)
Margaret Cowie (until December 2012)
Rod Murchison (from January 2013)
David McKerral (until December 2012)
Karen Young-O’Neill (from January 2013)
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