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
Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE, Chief Executive
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. In September 2015 Lesley-Anne won Britain's Most Admired Charities 2015: Most Admired Chief Executive award as voted by her fellow charity chief executive peers.
Our people are our greatest asset. Teams in our People directorate support our staff and volunteers in delivering our Group Strategy, ensuring we have an effective and engaged workforce across RNIB, Action for Blind People and our associate charities. Our People teams are led by Corinne Mills.
Corinne Mills, Group Director, People
Before joining RNIB in 2012, Corinne was Deputy Director of Human Resources at The Learning Trust, undertaking senior human resources roles at London Borough of Brent, Ofsted and Marks and Spencer.
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.
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.
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.
Our Resources teams ensure we have the support we need to deliver our strategy. These include management of our facilities, IT systems, phone networks and financial processes. Our Resources teams are led by Rohan Hewavisenti.
Rohan Hewavisenti, Group Director, Resources
Rohan was previously Director of Finance and Business Development at British Red Cross with senior roles at Breast Cancer Care, ActionAid and VSO. Rohan is Chair of the large charities group at Charity Finance Group and Lay Board Member and Chair of Finance and Performance Committee at Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning 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.
Neil Heslop OBE, Managing Director, RNIB Solutions
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.
Miriam Martin, Chief Executive
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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