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Royal Blind appoints trustees

Six new trustees join the charity’s board as it prepares to undergo a strategic review

Mark O’Donnell

Scotland’s largest vision impairment charity Royal Blind has appointed six new trustees to its board.

The new members fill both existing vacancies and replace retiring trustees, the charity confirmed.

New appointments include: former chief executive of Poppy Scotland, Ian McGregor; former chief executive of Deaf Action, Aidan McCorry; and director of Retail Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Jay Hogarty.

Also joining the board are: director of service delivery at NHS 24, Stephanie Phillips; director of operational strategy and insights for M&G Prudential, Graeme Bold; and professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Edinburgh, Baljean Dhillon.

The new trustees were officially appointed during Royal Blind’s annual general meeting yesterday (5 December). They also become trustees of its sister charity Scottish War Blinded.

Speaking about the new appointments, chief executive of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded, Mark O’Donnell (pictured), highlighted that the new trustees would play a vital role as the charities undergo a strategic review.

“I am delighted at the range of knowledge and experience that our new and existing trustees bring as we look to the future and identify how we can best strengthen and build upon our existing service provision,” he added.

Royal Blind cares for, educates and employs blind and partially sighted people from across Scotland.