We are divided into six areas, 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 make everyday better for everyone affected by 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 January 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 

Our Fundraising teams raise the money we need to continue our vital work. Without fundraising our ability to achieve our aims would be severely limited. Our fundraising efforts are led by Wanda Hamilton.

Wanda Hamilton, Group Director Fundraising

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.

Engagement

RNIB Engagement supports, empowers and involves thousands of people affected by sight loss to improve lives and challenge inequalities. It engages with a wide range of politicians, organisations and professionals to achieve full inclusion through improvements to services, incomes, rights and opportunities. Our engagement work is led by Fazilet Hadi.

Fazilet Hadi, Managing Director, RNIB Engagement

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.

Places 

RNIB Places provides our high quality Education, Care, and Supported Living and Housing services for people of all ages with sight loss, many of whom also have complex needs. We strive to create places where the people we support can develop their learning and independence and live the way they choose, helping them to get the most out of their day to day lives. 

Sally Harvey, Managing Director, RNIB Places

Sally is 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.

Resources 

Our Resources teams ensure 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. Our Resources teams are led by Keith Hickey.

Keith Hickey, Group Director Resources

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 

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.

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.

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