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.
Darren joined the Vision Foundation Board in December of 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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Victoria Currey has 20 years’ international experience working in the field of Human Resources and is currently Senior HR Business Partner at Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM). 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. In her current role, Victoria contributes to LGIM’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda and has a keen interest in ensuring that every part of society is meaningfully represented in the workplace.
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Heather spent more than 35 years in financial services, where 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 a Trustee for the Vision Foundation and is also the Interim Centenary Appeal Board Chair. She is also an Ambassador for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (UK).
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Keith Felton is the former director of corporate services at Crisis, the national charity for homeless people. Prior to joining Crisis in 2009, Keith spent nearly 25 years in the financial services industry, following qualification as a chartered accountant. Keith was previously a trustee and former chair of BlindAid, one of the Vision Foundation’s former partner charities.
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Elizabeth is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA). Her career spans more than 25 years in the public sector, including in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Houses of Parliament and the National Archives. She is a qualified accountant (CIPFA), 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 (many overseas tours with her husband), classical music (including choral singing) and cooking.
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Bob is the Chief Executive of Sight for Surrey, the largest charitable organisation in Surrey working with people who are visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing or who have combined sight and hearing loss. Before joining the charity sector Bob worked in the field of Optometry firstly as Chief Executive of FODO, the Opticians’ Trade Federation then as Chief Executive of the Association of Optometrists. For ten years he was Member of Parliament for Harrow West and served as a Government Whip and as the Junior Minister of Science and Public Service in the Cabinet Office. He is currently Chairman of Guildford Conservatives.
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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. And her name may be familiar to some as Ly took part in Swim Serpentine for the Vision Foundation last year.
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Susanette is the Executive Director of Croydon Vision; supporting and enabling people with sight loss and their families across the London borough of Croydon. She is focused on developing partnerships, both at a local and national level, and building relationships with statutory bodies, local businesses and the third sector. Throughout her career, she has been involved in business and strategic management, promoting more cross-sector collaboration and organisational development. Susanette is also the Chair of Merton Voluntary Service Council and in her spare time enjoys reading biographies and taking part in sport.
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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 is now registered 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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Sharon has more than 20 years of experience in both profit and not-for-profit environments. In her most recent role, Sharon served as the Director of International Expansion at Lumos where she led the organisation’s growth into new regions. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Fundraising and Communications at Right to Play where she grew income by more than CAD$10 million in 3 years. She has a BA in Business Law and Political Science, a Masters’ Degree in Development Management, and is currently finishing her MBA at Edinburgh Business School. Sharon is a proud Glaswegian and travel enthusiast (having lived in Mozambique, Slovakia, Hungary, Armenia, Guatemala and, of course, Scotland). She is also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and a loyal fan of the Scotland football team.
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