Global board

Clive Jones.

Sir Clive Jones (Chairman)

Sir Clive has been at the heart of the British broadcasting industry for most of his working life, during which he has held many senior posts at ITV, including managing director of the commercial network. He was also chief executive of two of its most successful companies, Central and Carlton.

He trained as a journalist with the Yorkshire Post after graduating from London School of Economics. An experienced chair, he now splits his time between the public and private sector, which has involved chairing the Disasters Emergencies Committee, National Theatre Wales and the Runnymede Trust.

Currently, he is chairman of both ITV pension funds and trustee of the Thomson Foundation, which seeks to underpin ethical journalism in the developing world and newly established democracies in Eastern Europe. Sir Clive has chaired Sightsavers’ UK board since July 2019.

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Chris Kinder (Vice-chairman)

Chris joined the Sightsavers audit committee in 2012 after retiring as a partner of Accenture. In 2013, he was appointed a trustee and chair of the committee. Chris is also chair of a family charitable trust that supports young people in the arts, and is on the board of Afghanaid. He is on Sightsavers’ governance and remuneration committees, and is a member of the Programme Expert Group (advisory).

Bill Kendall.

Bill Kendall (Honorary treasurer)

Bill was appointed honorary treasurer of Sightsavers’ board of trustees in 2016. He is an international investment banker, with nearly 30 years of corporate finance experience at Morgan Grenfell, Lehman Brothers and Vollman Brothers, which he founded in 2002 and where he is currently the managing director.

A chartered accountant, Bill qualified with Price Waterhouse. He chairs the Sightsavers investment committee and is a member of the audit, governance and remuneration committees. He is also a board member of Sightsavers in the USA.

Abia Akram.

Abia Akram

With a personal experience of physical disability, Abia has been involved in the disability movement since 1997 and aims to give a voice to women with disabilities. She has lobbied parliamentarians and the UN to develop advocacy strategies and raise awareness, and she coordinates efforts to include people with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.

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Joan Burton

Joan is a former Tánaiste of Ireland. She held that position in the coalition government from 2014-16, during which time she was also leader of the Labour Party. Previously, she was Minister for Social Protection, Minister of State for Overseas Development and Minister of State at the Department of Justice. A chartered accountant by profession, Joan worked in Tanzania in the 1980s as a lecturer at Dar es Salaam University. She also lectured at the Dublin Institute of Technology before entering politics.

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Maryanne Diamond

Maryanne has been a Sightsavers trustee since July 2015. She is general manager for media, communications and engagement at the National Disability Insurance Agency with the Australian government. She is also a past president of the World Blind Union and a past chair of the International Disability Alliance.

Margaret Gyapong.

Margaret Gyapong

A medical anthropologist by training, Professor Gyapong is director of the Institute of Health Research and coordinator of the Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana. Before joining the university in 2017, she spent almost 25 years as a researcher in the Ghana Health Service and was foundation director of the Dodowa Health Research Centre from 2005 to 2016.

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Barry Hoffman

Barry is a non-executive director for Sightsavers. Barry is managing director, people and corporate services for Landsec, a real estate investment company. He is a chartered secretary and has extensive prior experience in HR. He was previously group HR director at Computacenter PLC, the IT infrastructure services business where he was responsible for a large, complex and diverse workforce.

Joy Hutcheon.

Joy Hutcheon

Joy joined Sightsavers as a trustee in July 2019. She is non-executive director of FCO Services, and a trustee of the Education Development Trust. Previously she spent 15 years at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), most recently as director-general for finance and corporate performance, overseeing human resources, commercial and business support.

Elaine Lee.

Elaine Lee

Elaine is an adviser at direct marketing trade association, DMA, and co-chairs its Vulnerable Taskforce. She is a Telephone Preference Service board member and a member of the Institute of Fundraising. In 2005, she co-founded marketing consultancy firm, ReynoldsBusbyLee, which works with commercial and charity clients to improve customer experience.

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Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi

Ms Owusu-Gyamfi is a political economist with expertise in investment and extensive experience in international development, both with governments and non-governmental organisations.  She served as Director of Investment with the UK-based foundation The Power of Nutrition until mid-June 2020 but will be joining the African Centre for Economic Transformation in Accra shortly as Executive Vice President.

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Dr Manoj Parulekar

Manoj has been a Sightsavers trustee since July 2013. He is a consultant ophthalmologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and has produced an educational video for Sightsavers’ Vision 2020 Programme. He is a council representative for Sightsavers in India and a member of the Programme Expert Group (advisory).

Tuwani Rasengane.

Tuwani Rasengane

Tuwani is head of optometry at the University of the Free State in South Africa, and a senior manager of optometric services in the Free State. She represents Africa in the World Council of Optometry education committee. She has a PhD in physiological optics from the University of Houston, and has worked extensively in optometry and vision science.

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Louis Taylor

Louis is chief executive of UK Export Finance, the UK government’s export credit agency.  He previously held senior roles in financial services (JP Morgan and Standard Chartered), as well as in industry (BTR and Cookson).  He has worked extensively in developing markets, and lived in Vietnam for three years.  He is a former chair of trustees of Music in Prisons, and chair of governors at RGS Newcastle.

Dr Chris Whitty.

Sir Chris Whitty

Sir Chris is the Chief Medical Officer for England, Chief Medical Adviser to the UK government, Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) at the Department of Health and Social Care and head of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). An epidemiologist and physician, he was previously professor of public and international health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and is an expert in international public health.

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