Sightsavers trustee Dr Robert Chappell has won an international award from the World Council of Optometry (WCO) recognising his outstanding contributions to eye care.
Dr Chappell received the Distinguished Service Award for his work towards achieving WCO’s vision of ensuring high-quality eye care is available to everyone worldwide. It is the highest honour that the WCO can bestow on an individual, and was presented on 10 September at a ceremony in Hyderabad, India.
Dr Chappell trained as an optometrist at City University in London and works in the UK as a community optometrist, specialising in the treatment of specific learning difficulties. He was previously president and treasurer of the College of Optometrists, and was a member of the General Optical Council, the UK regulatory body for optometrists and dispensing opticians.
In 2006 he became a trustee of the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and currently chairs its audit and nominations committees. He has been a Sightsavers trustee since November 2009 and is also on the organisation’s audit committee.
Dr Chappell has received many honours during his career. In 1995 he was awarded an Order of the British Empire for services to optometry, and in 2001, the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) was conferred on him by City University in London. Earlier this year, he received a lifetime achievement award from the UK Association of Optometrists.