How we are governed

We received our Royal Charity status in 1949 and are governed by the RNIB Royal Charter and Bye-Laws:

RNIB Group Board of Trustees

The RNIB Group Board of Trustees is responsible for taking the major decisions that affect our group of charities – RNIB Charity, Action for Blind People and our other Associate Charities.

Find out more about how we work together in our partners.

Including the honorary officers, we have 12 Group trustees. Ten of the trustees are blind or partially sighted.

Our trustees are:

  • Kevin Carey (RNIB Group Chair)
  • Ellie Southwood (RNIB Group Vice-Chair)
  • Alan Tinger (RNIB Group Honorary Treasurer)
  • Margaret Bennett
  • Derek Child
  • Simon Finnie
  • Heather Giles
  • Vidar Hjardeng
  • Terry Moody
  • Mike Nussbaum
  • Keith Valentine
  • Sandi Wassmer

RNIB Charity Board of Trustees

The RNIB Charity Board of Trustees is responsible for delivering our Group Strategy along with Action for Blind People in England and Cardiff Institute of the Blind in Wales. The RNIB Charity Board of Trustees is governed by Articles of Association.

Our trustees are:

  • Derek Child (RNIB Charity Chair)
  • Margaret Bennett (RNIB Charity Vice-Chair)
  • Peter Bennetts
  • Kevin Carey
  • Simon Finnie
  • Heather Giles
  • Ian Jentle
  • David Quigley
  • Anne Rigby
  • Ellie Southwood
  • Judith Spencer-Gregson (RNIB Charity Honorary Treasurer)
  • Mike Townsend


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Right now we can only reach one in three of the people who need our help most. Please make a donation and help us support more blind and partially sighted people.

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