Our Trustees

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.

Anna Tylor

Chair of Trustees

Anna is an experienced trustee and Chair who led the campaign to create accessible e-books as standard. She also developed the idea for what is now the UK Accessible Education Collection, enabling visually impaired, and other disabled learners, access to the curriculum.  She has enjoyed a successful career in organisational development and more recently as a commercial mediator and has worked in Eastern Europe, developing services to support disabled people. Anna believes that all blind and partially sighted people are entitled to live life to their potential and that support and services must be in place to enable this. Anna’s blog, The Blind Truth, takes a sideways look at the challenges of living with sight loss in London.

Keith Felton

Independent Trustee

Keith Felton is 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 was former chair of BlindAid, one of the Vision Foundation’s partner charities, for many years.

Heather Goodhew

Independent Trustee

After nearly 30 years in the reinsurance sector, Heather has recently retired from her role of Deputy Group Chief Operating Officer at Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. During her time at Aspen, Heather led the development in the international property facultative market, establishing and supporting many of their international branch offices including specific responsibilities for the Middle East and Asia Pacific. As well as being an accredited coach and mentor on diversity and inclusion Heather is also an ambassador for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (UK).

Andy Gregson

Independent Trustee

Andy is a Partner at Elixirr Consulting based in London. He has extensive experience gained at executive level in top tier organisations, with expertise in Business, Operations and Control functions (including Finance, Risk, Compliance and Audit). He has a proven track record of setting and executing business strategy, establishing and maintaining governance and controls, and shaping and delivering large-scale, transformational change programs. Andy is a Board Trustee and member of the Audit Committee at the Royal Institution, and previously Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee at Dyslexia Action. Andy is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Elizabeth Honer

Independent Trustee

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.

Bob Hughes

Member Trustee

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.

Susanette Mansour

profile photo of Susanette MansourMember Trustee

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.

Sharon Petrie

Independent Trustee

Sharon has more than 20 years 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 buy 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.