Meet our Chief Executive and leadership team. While each brings different expertise, experience and skills to the organisation, they all share one thing in common – a commitment to creating a world where there are no barriers to people with sight loss.
The work of our Chief Executive is to:
drive forward our vision of creating a society without barriers for people with sight loss
take an ambassadorial role
champion change, both internally and externally.
Matt Stringer, Chief Executive, RNIB
Matt Stringer joined RNIB in May 2019 after 30 years in the retail sector. He held senior leadership roles for well-known high street brands including Marks and Spencer, Carphone Warehouse and Mothercare.
Matt spent 15 years at Marks and Spencer after joining as a merchandising graduate in the Textile division. His final role was as Director of International Operations.
After Marks and Spencer, Matt became the Managing Director of Carphone Warehouse in UK and Ireland. Most recently he played a leading role in the business transformation of Mothercare, and during his six years at Mothercare, he occupied the roles of UK Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Global Product Officer.
Stuart Fox, Chief Financial Officer
Stuart has been with RNIB since 2015, when he initially joined to lead on areas of financial strategy, planning and performance. Prior to joining RNIB, Stuart was at Parkinson's UK, after having spent the first half of his career in investment-related roles at Barclays Capital.
As Chief Financial Officer, Stuart is responsible for Finance, Performance, Technology (including data), Procurement and Risk.
When not working, Stuart coaches one of his son’s football teams and generally enjoys spending time with family. Stuart is also a keen runner and cyclist, especially when it gives him the opportunity to raise money for RNIB!
David Clarke, Chief Operating Officer
David Clarke enjoyed a highly successful career in the banking sector spanning 24 years from 1994-2018 and an International Football career which has seen him represent Great Britain and England’s blind football team 144 times scoring a total of 128 goals.
In 2018, David took a decision to play an active role in the third sector and joined RNIB as Director of Services. This enabled him to combine his lived experience of sight loss with his commercial experience. Having moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer in February 2022, David is keenly focused on ensuring blind and partially sighted people have equal access to education, employment, technology and eye health support alongside accessible information, advice, and the products and services needed to participate equally in society.
Born with congenital glaucoma and hailing from Wigan in the North West of England, David Clarke lives with his wife and two children in Hertfordshire and fills his time outside work with coaching youth football, cycling and travelling back to the North West to follow his beloved Liverpool FC. David is Vice Chair of the British Paralympic Association and a member of the FA Council.
Chris Jarrett, Chief Income Officer
Chris joined RNIB in January 2022 and leads our fantastic team of fundraisers and directs our income generation strategy. Chris has more than 20 years’ experience in charitable fundraising, having started his career as a telephone fundraiser and then progressing to leadership positions at the NSPCC, where he was Head of Corporate Partnerships, and the Samaritans, where he was Head of Fundraising.
More recently, he was Group Director of Engagement and Trading at disability charity Sense, where he oversaw a doubling of net income. Chris has three young children and in his spare time coaches his son’s football team with varying degrees of success, and takes every opportunity he gets to take his motorbike for a spin!