London Vision
London is a city of nearly 9 million people, approximately 208,000 of whom are affected by blindness, partial sight or low vision - equivalent to the average population of a London borough. This figure is set to rise as London grows and the population ages.
Meet the team
London Vision operates across all 32 boroughs of London from its base in Euston. More than 50 per cent of London Vision’s team is visually impaired, ensuring that blind and partially sighted people and their lived experiences are at the core of our decision making:
Our Partners
London is a city of nearly 9 million people, approximately 208,000 of whom are affected by blindness, partial sight or low vision - equivalent to the average population of a London borough. This figure is set to rise as London grows and the population ages.
Our vision and values

London is a fast moving and vibrant capital city providing huge benefits and opportunities. We want to ensure that blind and partially sighted people are able to take advantage of these opportunities in the same way as anyone else. This means promoting an agenda of engagement, participation, equality, inclusivity and diversity.

London Vision is the only London wide sight loss charity built on the lived experience of blind and partially sighted people and those who are losing their sight. This gives us a unique perspective and informs everything that we do.

Supported by national sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust, our vision, mission and goals are as follows:

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Vision

A society and a capital city where blind and partially sighted people can participate fully.

Mission

To make London more equal and inclusive so that people who are blind and partially sighted can take advantage of all that the UK’s capital city has to offer.

London Vision is supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust

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Gerald Carew
Interim Chief Officer

Gerald is our Interim Chief Officer. He is responsible for providing leadership, management, governance, and operational direction, working with the Board to develop the strategic direction of the charity, ensuring long-term sustainability and growth.

Gerald’s background is in fundraising, with over 14 years’ experience working for several high-profile not-for-profit organisations. He has a wealth of experience, personally and leading teams to secure significant income. Before joining London Vision, he worked as a consultant for a London CCG and a SEND charity.  Prior to the voluntary sector, Gerald worked for several commercial organisations in Defence and Security.

Gerald enjoys, sport, music, reading crime novels, spending time with family and frequent visits to good pubs.

Rosalind Duignan-Pearson
Communications Officer

Rosalind is London Vision’s Communications Officer. She maintains London Vision’s website and social media presence, supports ongoing campaigns and projects and is responsible for coordinating all internal and external communications.

Prior to joining London Vision, Rosalind worked in European volunteering and women’s rights. She maintains an interest in gender equality and global development. In her spare time she enjoys riding motorbikes and playing sports.

Bhavini Makwana
Engagement Manager

Bhavini is the Engagement Manager for London Vision and Guide Dog owner to Colin. She campaigns and advocates on issues including accessible transport, healthcare and more. She engages with influencers, stakeholders and blind an partially sighted people across London to feed into consultations and projects to work towards an inclusive capital. Bhavini previously worked as an Activities Co-ordinator arranging events, activities and outings as well as guest speakers for meetings for people with sight loss.

Bhavini also volunteers and is the Ambassador for Retina UK, Co-Chair of the BAME Sight Loss Committee and Trustee for Transport for All.

She enjoys the theatre and music concerts, going for long walks, cooking, and is a wife and mother to two daughters.

Check out Bhavini’s campaigning and advocacy work here. 

Jacqui Thomas
Development Manager

Jacqui is one of London Vision’s Development Managers. Her role involves the development of London Vision’s volunteering offer, providing opportunities for volunteering through the London Sight Loss Council, and supporting a network of engagement champions to tackle inequality, challenge decision makers and achieve lasting change.

Her career has spanned over 10 years in retail, 5 years in Healthcare and a number of years in the voluntary sector. She re-joined the London Vision team after a secondment to a sight loss charity in London as the Chief Officer.

Her volunteering journey has and continues to be an invaluable experience. Volunteering provides her with new skills, fresh knowledge, boosts self-esteem and grows confidence, and has resulted in unexpected opportunities and great experiences for Jacqui.

Read one of Jacqui’s blogs here

Jonathan Ward
Development Manager

Jonathan Ward is one of London Vision’s development managers. His areas of work include the delivery of Living with Sight Loss courses and raising awareness of sight loss across London. Jonathan has been providing or managing services for blind and partially sighted people for more than 30 years. Previously he has worked for Kent Association for the Blind and the RNIB. Away from work Jonathan competes in a number of sports, including shot put, discus and hammer throwing.

Read one of Jonathan’s latest blogs here.

Liam O’Carroll
Project Coordinator

Liam is responsible for the chairing and administration of two of London Visions networks, the Working Age Forum and the London Visual Impairment Forum (LVIF). he also produces the fortnightly LVIF email Bulletin and writes articles for the London Vision web site.

Before joining London Vision, Liam worked as an actor in theatre, television and radio and he conceived the name for the theatre company Extant. In his spare time Liam enjoys literature, creative writing and listening to live sport.

Read one of Liam’s blogs here.

Christine Edmead
Administration Officer

Christine is London Vision’s Administration and Information Officer. She maintains London Vision’s info email account, London Scene and various other mailing lists, being the first point of contact on the telephone, supports ongoing projects and has various administration duties.

Prior to joining London Vision, Christine spent a large part of her career working for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Where she had various roles and many titles, but has always worked in administration.

 

Get in touch on: 0203 7613651 or info@londonvision.org
Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust is London Vision’s key funder and provider of support services.

Thomas Pocklington Trusts is a national charity dedicated to enabling and empowering blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead. They are committed to increasing awareness and understanding of their needs and aspirations, to working with partners and to developing and implementing services which meet these needs to increase independence and improve lives. These include:

  • Acting as an advocate and positive change agent for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Creating opportunities for blind and partially sighted people seeking employment.
  • Enabling opportunities and supporting blind and partially sighted people whilst in and entering education.
Strategic Aims
Message
Start a new conversation
Through increased understanding and challenging assumptions about what it means to have sight loss in London
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Promote participation and leadership
By blind and partially sighted people in all aspects of life in London
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Work to bridge the gap
To tackle inequalities faced by blind and partially sighted people in London