Our Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for our governance with oversight for our strategic direction. They meet four times a year to discuss, decide and review our strategies and policies. Our trustees work for the Vision Foundation voluntarily to make sure we’re doing all we can to reach and improve the lives of people with sight loss living across London.
Co-Chair of Trustees
Heather spent more than 35 years in financial services. She enjoyed a long and successful track record in senior leadership roles within the (re)insurance sector, spanning underwriting, strategy, business development, operations and business transformation.
Heather has recently retired from her full-time executive career and now serves on boards, both as an Independent Non-Executive Director and as a Trustee, as well as continuing to act as a coach and mentor with a particular interest in Diversity and Inclusion.
Heather is also an Ambassador for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (UK).
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Co-Chair of Trustees
Louisa has nearly 30 years of global experience in institutional, wholesale and retail financial services and has worked in the UK, Australia, NZ, Benelux, Nordics and the Gulf. Most recently, she was a Managing Director at Lazard Asset Management Limited and at State Street Global Advisors in London and Sydney.
She is also a non-executive director for a UK investment trust and has a Master’s of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).
Louisa has been a Trustee since early 2015. She became Chair in March 2020 following the retirement of Nigel Pantling and chaired the Data Protection Committee to ensure readiness for the introduction of GDPR.
In 2018, Louisa did a tandem skydive from 13,500 feet to raise funds for Fight for Sight, which is close to her heart as both diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are risks in her family.
Darren joined the Vision Foundation Board in December 2020. Darren had most recently held the role of CEO of Hostelling International, working closely with the operations and governance teams of 65 Not-for-Profits all around the globe for just under 6 years.
Darren started his career in the more commercial aspects of Finance before taking on responsibility for Technology, Sales and later moving across into General Management. Darren has worked in retail, technology and travel industries before cutting across into the 3rd sector in early 2015.
Darren lives in London and is partially sighted with a rare eye condition (Rodmonochromatism).
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Professor M Francesca Cordeiro
Professor M Francesca Cordeiro is a Professor of Ophthalmology at Imperial College London, the Western Eye Hospital, and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and also has a chair at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
She is Chairman of ICORG (Imperial College Ophthalmic Research Group) and Director of the ICORG Clinical Trials Research Unit.
Her research is mainly funded through the Wellcome Trust and is focused on novel and translational approaches to retinal and neurodegenerative diseases.
She serves on a number of international committees, including the ARVO, Cophy, European Glaucoma Society, EVI, EVICRnet and EVER. She is on the Editorial Board of various journals, including Investigative Ophthalmology, Experimental Eye Research and Ophthalmic Research.
Victoria Currey has 20 years of international experience working in the field of Human Resources and is currently Director, Business Partnering & Talent Management at British International Investment PLC.
An expert at leading programs of change and growth, as well as having a full suite of HR generalist experience, Victoria is also a qualified UK lawyer with strong technical employment relations knowledge globally.
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Keith Felton was director of corporate services at Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, for ten years until his retirement in 2020.
Prior to joining Crisis in 2009, Keith spent nearly 25 years in the financial services industry, most recently as head of finance & operations at Fleming Family & Partners, following qualification as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. Keith is also a trustee of UK for UNHCR and has previously served as a trustee of other charities.
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Elizabeth is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA). Her career spans more than 30 years in the public sector, including in the former Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Houses of Parliament and the National Archives. She is a qualified accountant (CPFA) and chartered internal auditor (CMIIA), with substantial expertise in strategy, governance and risk management at Board level. Elizabeth is a champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, actively seeking different perspectives and regularly mentoring women and BAME emerging leaders. When not at work, she enjoys cycling, ballet and classical music.
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Alina has 25+ years of experience building brands, growing client businesses, and running communication agencies. She is a Global Client Leader at WPP, leading multi-disciplinary teams servicing some of the world’s largest consumer and healthcare brands.
She has lived and worked in the USA, Australia, Germany, and the UK.
Alina has been a Trustee of Fight for Sight since 2017. She is also a non-executive director of DS Smith, a FTSE 100 packaging company, a Trustee of Glyndebourne, the opera house, and on the advisory board of WPP Stella, a leadership group to inspire and enable WPP women to maximize their potential.
Ly Lam brings a wealth of experience from a career working in the reinsurance industry and has more than 15 years of market experience. She was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Strategy for Reinsurance at MS Amlin and before that was CATCo’s Chief Operating Officer. Ly is a qualified chartered accountant and holds degrees in Chemistry and Law from Exeter University in the UK. Outside of the office she enjoys yoga, hiking and is a keen cook. Ly has also taken part in Swim Serpentine to raise funds for the Vision Foundation.
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Sylvester Oppong qualified as a chartered accountant at Deloitte before moving into investment banking and has nearly 20 years of experience. Sylvester started his investment banking career at Goldman Sachs International, where he advised clients on UK and international mergers & acquisitions (M&A). He later spent a number of years at Hawkpoint Partners and Smith Square Partners.
Sylvester is currently Head of Healthcare Services M&A at EY. Sylvester has an MA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Cambridge.
Dr Amit Patel
Dr Amit Patel is a disability rights campaigner, best-selling author, motivational speaker and independent consultant. Amit studied medicine at Cambridge University and qualified as a doctor, specialising in emergency medicine and major incidents, but during medical school was diagnosed with keratoconus.
Eventually losing his sight in 2013, Amit has now registered as severely sight impaired (blind).
Today, Amit is an active campaigner for accessibility, speaking out against the issues that disabled people face daily. In his corporate life, he works with clients across the spectrum, from law firms and financial services to medicine and the arts, advising on diversity and inclusion.
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Professor Roy Quinlan
Professor Roy Quinlan is a Professor in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University. He is a member of the Association for Research into Vision and Ophthalmology, the International Society for Eye Research, the British Society for Cell Biology and the British Biophysical Society.
Professor Quinlan’s research interests include a focus on the lens of the eye and how this functions. He is a past Chair of our Grants Assessment Panel.