Vision UK has named its new CEO as Keith Valentine.
Mr Valentine is a trustee of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and deputy CEO of the Thomas Pocklington Trust.
Appointed to the new role, the organisation explained that Mr Valentine will lead it in supporting “the delivery of a new collaborative ambition for change across the eye health and sight loss sector.” It is said that the new organisation, which has been created to bring together the work of both the UK Vision Strategy, Vision 2020 and the England Vision Strategy, will work with key partners across the eye health and sight loss sectors to deliver “an agreed set of UK-wide ambitions and priority areas.”
The organisation was formed and Mr Valentine appointed by the board of the Vision Strategy Transition Programme, which was established following the publication of the Shaping the Future Report which followed a six-month evaluation and consultation of the 2013–2018 UK Vision Strategy.
Speaking about the appointment, Mr Valentine said: “I’m excited to build on the excellent work of the UK Vision Strategy, VISION 2020 UK, and the England Vision Strategy teams, working in partnership with the eye health and sight loss sectors to deliver transformational change.”
He will chair the ninth annual Vision UK conference which takes place in London on 15 June, during which delegates will hear about the future plans for Vision UK.