We are divided into six groups, with each covering a specific part of our overall strategy.

Find out about the work of these groups and the work of our Chief Executive

Chief Executive's office

The work of our Chief Executive is to:

  • lead on our work to end the isolation of sight loss
  • take an ambassadorial role
  • champions change, both internally and externally.

RNIB's current Chief Executive

Our Chief Executive is Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE.

Before joining RNIB in 2004, Lesley-Anne was Director of Operations for the Peabody Trust, one of the UK's largest housing associations and regeneration agencies. She has held various posts in local government including Director of Housing for London Borough of Enfield.

In June 2012 Lesley-Anne was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to the voluntary sector.

Lesley-Anne is chair for both the UK Vision Strategy Group and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.

Fundraising Group

The Fundraising group raise the money we need to continue our vital work. Without fundraising our ability to achieve our aims would be severely limited. The group's Director is Wanda Hamilton.

Group Director Wanda Hamilton

Before joining RNIB in 2010, Wanda was Chief Executive of AMD Alliance International (Canada), promoting awareness of macular degeneration. She also worked at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and held posts for two Canadian Cabinet Ministers.

Inclusive Society Group

This group focuses on improving access to mainstream services such as transport, shopping and banking. It also focuses on improving and increasing accessibility to books, television, technology and more for blind and partially sighted people. The group's Director is Fazilet Hadi.

Group Director Fazilet Hadi

Fazilet enjoyed an early career as a solicitor and equality specialist. She worked as a solicitor in law centres in Birmingham and Brighton and in corporate equality roles for Southampton City Council and Lewisham Council.

Independent Living Group

This group focuses on ensuring early support and for those who have just been diagnosed, so they get help as early as possible to live independently. The group works with care and education providers to help people with complex needs, and/or learning disabilities and ensure they get checked early for possible sight loss. The group's Director is Sally Harvey.

Group Director Sally Harvey

Sally is also the Executive Lead for the Living with Sight Loss and Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Needs Programme Boards. She is also the Chair of the RNIB Specialist Learning Trust; the Cardiff Institute for the Blind; the Management Board of Irish Centre Housing; and her local Scouts Executive Committee.

Action for Blind People

Action for Blind People delivers services for blind and partially sighted people in the English regions. Action's Chief Executive is Miriam Martin.

Chief Executive Miriam Martin

Miriam is responsible for ensuring Action focuses on the needs and aspirations of blind and partially sighted customers. She aspires to lead the organisation to ensure that Action's strategy is designed and developed by blind and partially sighted people.

Resources Group

This group ensures we have the support we need to deliver our strategy. These include management of our facilities, IT systems, phone networks, HR assistance, and financial processes. The group's Director is Keith Hickey.

Group Director Keith Hickey

Keith's was previously Chief Executive of the Charity Finance Directors' Group and Finance Director of Help the Aged. He is a member of the Charity SORP Committee, ICAEW charities technical committee, Livability Board of Trustees and the Media Trust audit committee.

Solutions Group

RNIB Solutions Group oversees our work to find practical solutions to the challenges presented by sight loss. The group's Director is Neil Heslop.

Group Director Neil Heslop OBE

Neil, who lost his sight aged 21, joined RNIB in May 2013. Neil is a graduate in Law from Newcastle University and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

In a 20-year career Neil has held senior roles in the telecoms industry in North America and the UK. These include Head of Strategy and General Manager of Retail Operations at O2, CEO of Cincinnati Bell Wireless and Director of CTIA the Wireless Association. Neil is co-founder of Blind In Business and has served as a Trustee since 1992. In 2002 he was awarded the OBE for services to British Telecommunications and charity.

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