RNIB announces Sally Harvey as new Chief Executive

Post date: 
Tuesday, 24 October 2017

LONDON, 24 October 2017: The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has confirmed Sally Harvey as its new Chief Executive. Sally, who has been Acting Chief Executive since October 2016, is appointed with immediate effect.

This news follows confirmation of Eleanor Southwood as RNIB’s new Chair and marks a significant milestone in the evolution of the charity.

Eleanor said: “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate Sally on her appointment as our new Chief Executive.

“Blind and partially sighted people face significant barriers to inclusion in society. In Sally’s appointment we have someone who will work with our community to tackle this head on.”

Sally has held senior leadership roles at RNIB since joining in 2009. Previously, she was Acting Chief Executive and Director of Housing at Abbeyfield Society and Director of Resident Services at the Peabody Trust.

On her appointment, Sally said:

“I’m honoured to be trusted with this important role. We are at a turning point, RNIB is changing and we will continue to adapt and modernise our approach.

“Alongside our community, supporters and partners, we are working to ensure that being blind or partially sighted isn’t a barrier, everyone with sight loss can live their life with confidence and the eye health of generations to come is prioritised.”  

Notes to Editors

For further information, contact RNIB’s press office on 020 7391 2223 or [email protected]. For urgent enquiries out-of-hours, please call 07968 482812.

Photo: RNIB’s new Chief Executive, Sally Harvey

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