Mercy brings to the position over 25 years of health and social care experience in both the voluntary and statutory sectors.
She was a non-executive Director of NICE for 12 years from 2001-2013, overseeing the expansion of NICE from appraisals and clinical guidance to public health and social care. She was a lay Chair of the Fitness to Practice Committee of the General Optical Council for 10 years and a consultant with the King’s Fund for 14 years.
Operations ManagerMatt Broom
Matt joined with the task of implementing the organisations strategic plans and operations. Matt is heavily involved in progressing the work of our Standing Committees, ensuring they operate as a mechanism for securing proper outcomes and harnesses the expertise of specific members.
His role involves interacting with, and encouraging collaboration between, the different organisations working within the sector and beyond. An experienced manager and communicator, Matt has previous experience working in both the sight and hearing loss sectors.
National Development ManagerMary Bairstow
Mary is a qualified Optometrist who developed one of the first multi-disciplinary teams in low vision at Birmingham Focus on Blindness (managing OT, Rehabilitation Workers, Orthoptists and Optometrists).
In 2000 Mary took up a national role with VISION 2020 UK in supporting the development of low vision services through collaborative working. Mary has worked to support the collaborative sector strategy on a local and national basis. Throughout her career she has continued to practice in the NHS – specialising in low vision optometry.
Programme ManagerChris Ward
Chris manages the organisations work programmes and projects, as well as continuing to look after the day to day accounting and administrative functions.
An accomplished project manager and administrator Chris has over 20 years’ experience of working in the third sector.
Communications OfficerNiall Ryan
Niall’s work involves raising the profile of the organisation and increasing engagement with the membership and those organisations that could support our work.
Niall has over 6 years’ experience in marketing and communications positions in a variety of sectors.
Operations Officer/PA to CEOTayyaba Kamal
Tayyaba joined VISION 2020 UK iwith the task of supporting the organisations administrative responsibilities.
Tayyaba has over 10 years’ experience in various administrative roles, mainly working in the third sector.