Meet the team

Olivia Curno

Olivia headshot portraitChief Executive

Born and raised in south London, Olivia is driven by the belief that everyone should be able to enjoy the vibrant cultural, social, and economic riches of the city she loves. As Chief Executive at the Vision Foundation, she is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, supporting the teams to raise significant funds and make significant noise, and ensuring that everything we do has the greatest possible impact for London’s partially sighted and blind people. Olivia was previously the Director of Fundraising at children’s mental health charity Place2Be and Head of Fundraising and Communications at autism research charity Autistica. She has volunteered widely in the sector internationally and at home, and is currently a Trustee of UK poverty charity Turn2us. Before joining the charitable sector Olivia was a researcher and lecturer in Evolutionary Biology.

Tamsin Baxter

Tamsin Baxter HeadshotDirector of Development

Tamsin leads our fantastic team of fundraisers, who in turn take extra special care of our network of fantastic supporters, volunteers and ambassadors. Tamsin has worked in fundraising for more than 15 years and for the last 12 years has dedicated her career to raising funds for the disability sector. Prior to joining the Vision Foundation, Tamsin led the Fundraising function at Scope and was part of the award-winning corporate partnerships teams at the British Heart Foundation and the NSPCC Childline.  In her spare time, Tamsin juggles life as a mum of three young children so fresh air, good food and a good night’s sleep are a must.

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis Headshot

Head of Communications

Mark manages all aspects of our communications activity from engaging with the media, managing digital channels and overseeing the production of multimedia and print materials. Mark has worked across charity communications and broadcast media for more than 20 years with a focus on fighting inequalities in society. Prior to joining the Vision Foundation Mark oversaw the comms functions for Save the Children’s UK Programmes work and lead newsrooms for the BBC and LBC. Outside of the office Mark prides himself on his sourdough bread and enjoys singing with men.

Khafsa Ghulam

Khafsa GhulamGrants and Partnerships Officer

Khafsa graduated with a degree in Psychology with Sociology from Nottingham Trent University and has worked extensively in the charity sector both in a voluntary and paid capacity. Prieviously Khafsa worked as a disability Benefits Advisor for Citizens Advice and at RNIB co-ordinating engagement strategies for young people. A previous trustee and Chair for Sight Concern Bedfordshire Khafsa has also volunteered as a mentor for young people for Look UK. In her spare time Khafsa plays VI Tennis and has a keen interest in access technology and the rights of blind and partially sighted people to be treated equally.

Nick Herod

Nick Herod HeadshotInterim Director of Finance and Resources

Nick has more than twenty years post qualified experience in SME, not-for-profit and blue chip organisations. He gained his economics degree from Durham University and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in Manchester. Nick joined the Vision Foundation from the children’s mental health charity Place2Be where he was CFO. In his spare time Nick volunteers for the children’s charity the Newman Trust which provides residential holidays to children with disabilities. Nick’s big passions are music and travel but with a young daughter and new baby personal free time is in scarce supply!

Lorraine Lee

Lorraine Lee HeadshotRetail Service Manager

Lorraine manages our retail operation comprising twelve charity shops across London, a collections service and online shop. Lorraine’s working life has always been in retail, previously owning and managing three clothing shops and a pet store. Lorraine was prompted to join the Vision Foundation when her mother was diagnosed with macular degeneration and she slowly watched her lose her sight. Lorraine has been with the charity since 1996 growing the retail side of the organisation from a small team of just 8 volunteers to more than a hundred with a healthy financial return. In her spare time Lorraine loves spending time with her grandchildren.