SeeAbility names new chair

Optometrist and AOP Board member has been appointed chair of the charity

SeeAbility bike ride challenge

National charity SeeAbility has appointed optometrist Gordon Ilett as chairman.

Mr Ilett succeeds James Deeley.

Speaking about the appointment, Mr Ilett said: “I have been working for many years to raise awareness of the importance of eye care for people with learning disabilities. My work in this field makes being a trustee and chair for SeeAbility a perfect fit and I am incredibly proud to be supporting its work to shape better eye care for future generations.”

Prior to officially taking over as chairman, Mr Ilett took on a 700-mile cycle challenge to raise awareness and funds for the work of SeeAbility. Beginning on 28 August, Mr Ilett completed 700 miles in seven days, covering a route that started and ended at the charity’s head office in Epsom and made stops at 26 of the charity’s registered sites along the way.

The charity has also appointed new trustees, including consultant ophthalmologist Rachel Pilling, and chartered accountant Robert Jeens. James Deeny has also joined the charity as treasurer. 

Chief executive of SeeAbility, Lisa Hopkins, said: “At SeeAbility we champion better eye care for those most likely to be affected by sight conditions. I am delighted to have expertise from this field so well represented on our board. I look forward to working closely with Gordon and all our trustees to realise our mission as we embark on our 220th year in 2019 and beyond.”