UK board

Martin Dinham.

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 include 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 to China. He is on Sightsavers’ governance and remuneration committees, and is a member of the Programme Expert Group (advisory).

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.

Dr Uche Amazigo

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

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Dr Robert Chappell

Robert has been a Sightsavers trustee since November 2009 and is also on the audit committee. He is currently Chairman of the board of management for the European Diploma in Optometry, and Chairman of the UK Optometry Giving Sight Committee. Robert trained as an optometrist at City University in London and specialises in the treatment of specific learning difficulties.

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Howard Dalzell

Howard worked at Concern for 22 years, the final nine as Policy Director. A highlight of his work was developing community management of acute malnutrition, which has been adopted by the UN and more than 55 governments.  Howard is also a member of the board for Sightsavers in Ireland and is part of Sightsavers’ Programme Expert Group (advisory).

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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.

Heather De Haes.

Heather de Haes

Heather is President of Arts Global, a charity she founded in 1999 to empower emerging artists across the world. She was formerly an international director of the Australian Music Foundation.

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Barry Hoffman

Barry has been a Sightsavers trustee since July 2015. He has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and is currently group HR Director of Computacenter. He a member of Sightsavers’ remuneration and governance committees and a director of Sightsavers Italy.

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.

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Chris Kinder

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).

Elaine Lee.

Elaine Lee

Elaine is an advisor 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

Mavis is a political economist with expertise in investment and  international development, both with governments and non-governmental organisations. She is Director of Investment with UK-based foundation The Power of Nutrition.

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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 the Sightsavers Vision 2020 Programme. He is a council representative for Sightsavers in India and a member of the Programme Expert Group (advisory).

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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 plc and Cookson plc).  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.

Prof Christopher Whitty

Chris is an epidemiologist and physician at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an expert in international public health. He is also Chief Scientific Advisor at the UK’s Department of Health and currently the interim Chief Scientific Advisor to the British government.

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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