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How we’re governed

We’re governed by a board of 15 independent trustees, who are responsible for making sure that we stay on track.


Martin Dinham – Chairman

Martin was appointed Chairman of Sightsavers board of trustees in 2015. He was formerly a Director General at the UK Department for International Development and subsequently Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He now sits on the boards of a number of development organisations.

Martin’s previous roles have included working in the UK executive director’s office at the World Bank in Washington, and acting as advisor to the governor of Hong Kong during the handover of the territory to China.

Martin is also on Sightsavers’ governance and remuneration committees, and is a member of the Programme Expert Group (advisory).


Lord Nigel Crisp – Vice Chairman

Lord Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. He was Chief Executive of the NHS in England – and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health between 2000 and 2006.

Lord Crisp chairs the Kings Partners Global Health Advisory Board, the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance and the Uganda UK Health Alliance. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health; an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; an Ambassador for the eHealth Foundation; and a Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine.

He has written extensively on global health (see for a full list of publications). His latest book, edited with Francis Omaswa, is African Health Leaders – Making Change and Claiming the Future (Oxford University Press).

Lord Crisp is also Chair of the board of Sightsavers Italia and is on Sightsavers’ governance and remuneration committees.


Mike Chilton – Honorary Treasurer

Mike is currently Finance Director at Cenkos Securities plc, a UK listed stockbroker. Prior to this he was the Finance and Risk Director of National Savings and Investments, a government department that is one of the UK’s largest savings organisations.

He trained as a chartered accountant with PWC and prior to joining NS&I worked at Standard Chartered plc in a variety of finance and risk roles, including CFO for their African business.

Mike is also a board member of Sightsavers in the USA, and is on Sightsavers’ governance and remuneration committees.


Dr Uche Amazigo

Uche Amazigo brings to the Council a distinguished career in research, advocacy and programme management in the service of promoting public health and sustainable development. A biologist with training in public health and parasitology, Uche is currently a consultant in public health with emphasis on community-directed interventions. From 2005 to 2011 she was Director of the World Health Organization African programme for onchocerciasis control, and previously was Chief of the Sustainable Drug Distribution Unit of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control and Senior Lecturer in Medical Parasitology and Public Health, University of Nigeria. Uche’s experience in delivery strategies, managing access to medicines and commodities to fight diseases and improve lives in communities of high need, are a critical contribution to Sightsavers’ work.

Uche is also a board member of Sightsavers in Kenya, and is a member of Sightsavers’ Programme Expert Group (advisory).


Dr Ekanem Ikpi Braide

Eka Ikpi Braide is the immediate past Vice Chancellor of Cross River University of Technology, Nigeria. A graduate of the University of Ife, Nigeria and Cornell University, Ithaca, Eka joined the University of Calabar in 1979 and became a Professor of Parasitology in 1991. She has served as Chairman of the Technical Consultative Committee of African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC), and is a member of the Nigerian National Committee on Neglected Tropical Diseases. She coordinates the Anglophone teams involved in an APOC / WHO multi-site study on the impact of onchocerciasis (river blindness) control in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.

A Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science and The Nigerian Society for Parasitology, Eka was in 1994 honoured by Global 2000 of The Carter Centre with the Jimmy and Roselynn Carter Award for outstanding dedication and achievement as South East Zonal Facilitator in The Nigeria Guinea worm Eradication Programme. In 2010 she was further awarded the Order of the Federal Republic by the President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan for her science and development work.

Eka has been a Sightsavers trustee since November 2008.


Dr Robert Chappell

Dr Robert Chappell OBE MPhil DSc(hon) is currently Chairman of the Board of Management for the European Diploma in Optometry and Chairman of the UK Optometry Giving Sight Committee. Having trained as an optometrist at City University in London, he worked in the family business of optical prescription manufacturing, becoming managing director before the business was sold in 1998. He then went into full time optometric practice, where he specialises in the treatment of specific learning difficulties.

He was previously President and Treasurer of the College of Optometrists, and was also a member of the General Optical Council, the UK regulatory body for optometrists and dispensing opticians. Bob has been involved in European and international optometry as President of the World Council of Optometry and President of the European Council of Optometry and Optics. In 2006 he became a trustee of the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and currently chairs their Audit and Nominations Committees.

Bob has been a Sightsavers trustee since November 2009 and is also on the audit committee.


Alex Cole

Alex joined Bupa in July 2014 as Global Corporate Affairs Director. She and her team are responsible for Bupa’s internal communications, media relations, government affairs and Sustainable Business agenda worldwide.

Before joining Bupa, Alex was Director of Corporate Affairs at J Sainsbury plc, one of the UK’s leading supermarkets, and she was previously Managing Director of corporate communications at the PR agency Freud, advising a wide range of organisations including Bupa.

Alex spent nearly ten years at Cadbury where she was Global Corporate Affairs Director and led Cadbury’s move to Fairtrade as well as communications during the acquisition by Kraft Foods in 2010. She was also Marketing and Innovation Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Alex began her career in public affairs, working as Special Adviser to the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP.


Howard Dalzell

Howard was with Concern for 22 years, the final nine as Policy Director, prior to his retirement in 2008. A highlight of that work was development of community management of acute malnutrition, which has been adopted by the UN and more than 55 governments.

His training was in agriculture, and he spent 17 years in India, developing a wide range of programmes from agriculture to microfinance and education. Howard has served on two boards within the Irish government and continues his commitments as trustee, director and advisor to several organisations.

As well as being one of our trustees, Howard is also a member of the board for Sightsavers in Ireland and is a member of Sightsavers’ Programme Expert Group (advisory).


Maryanne Diamond

Maryanne is General Manager Advocacy and Engagement, Vision Australia. She is the Immediate Past President of the World Blind Union, the chair of the International Disability Alliance and General Manager Advocacy and engagement with Vision Australia.

Maryanne has been a Sightsavers trustee since July 2015.


Will Gardner

Will Gardner is Vice President of Global Projects, Marketing at Unilever and CEO of sustainable living platform Collectively. His work in the marketing world ranges from large corporate environments such as Mars and Unilever to more entrepreneurial work as a consultant and as a founder member of a start-up business. Will brings to Sightsavers broad experience in global marketing and a strong interest in international development.


Barry Hoffman

Barry Hoffman joined Computacenter in March 2008. In his current role as Group HR Director, he has responsibility for Computacenter’s people strategy across the Group, as well as the management of the HR function in all geographies of Computacenter.

As a Board member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Barry has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry including IT line management. He has a first degree in Modern Languages from the University of Swansea, an MBA from the Ashridge Business School and a Master’s degree in employment law from the University of Central Lancashire.

Barry has been a Sightsavers trustee since July 2015.


Chris Kinder

Chris joined the Sightsavers audit committee in 2012 after retiring from his role as a partner of Accenture. In 2013 he was appointed a trustee and Chair of the audit committee. His expertise in organisational risk and large project delivery on a global scale comes at a key time as Sightsavers takes on major new projects in trachoma and other areas.

At Accenture Chris supported the work of Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), an entity which provides not-for-profit consulting services to the development sector. This included acting as the sponsoring partner for a number of projects conducted by ADP including the relief effort in Bandar Aceh plus work conducted for the head offices of some of the world’s leading NGOs.

Chris is also chair of a family charitable trust that supports young people in music and the arts and is on the Board of Afghanaid, an NGO focused on development assistance in Afghanistan. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council of Trade Out Of Poverty and the Business Advisory Council of Politea, the political research group.

Chris is also on Sightsavers’ governance and remuneration committees, and is a member of the Programme Expert Group (advisory).


Stephen King

Stephen has extensive international experience of programme work to help people with disabilities. Stephen co-founded and is President of the 40 country DAISY consortium which develops and promotes better ways to read and publish. He retired as a Director of the Royal National Institute of the Blind in 2013.

Stephen is also on Sightsavers’ governance and remuneration committees. He is Chair of Sightsavers Sweden and Sightsavers Norway, and a board member of Sightsavers Italy.


Dr Ramachandra Pararajasegaram

Dr Ramachandra Pararajasegaram is a Sri Lankan ophthalmologist and is currently an International Ambassador for IMPACT. Having trained at the Moorfields and the Royal Eye Hospital, London, Dr Pararajasegaram returned to Sri Lanka and worked at the Eye Hospital, Colombo and also lectured in Ophthalmology at the University of Sri Lanka.

Dr Pararajasegaram was a founder member of IAPB along with Sir John Wilson and served as President from 1994 to 1999. He is currently an Affiliate of IAPB, has several papers to his credit including many WHO publications on Blindness databases, and has been recognised for his outstanding work with several lifetime achievements.

Dr Pararajasegaram has been a Sightsavers trustee since April 2009.


Dr Manoj Parulekar

Manoj is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he teaches, conducts research and has a busy practice treating a wide range of children’s eye disorders.

He has advised and contributed  training to programmes in Kenya and India, and produced an educational video for the Sightsavers Vision 2020 Programme.

Manoj has been a Sightsavers trustee since July 2013. He is a council representative for Sightsavers in India and a member of the Programme Expert Group (advisory).


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05 October 2015

Scientists William C Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura – who together discovered a drug avermectin, the derivatives of which are used to treat and prevent river blindness – have been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. Continue reading

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05 October 2015

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Win Byrogue sunglasses – and support Sightsavers!

01 October 2015

For every pair of its new sunglasses range sold, Byrogue will donate £10 to help fund our work in developing countries tackling river blindness. Continue reading

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VIPs attend Sightsavers exhibition

26 September 2015

VIPs including Irish President Michael Higgins attended a photographic exhibition held by Sightsavers in New York last night. Continue reading


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