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London Vision appoints four new trustees

London Vision has appointed four new trustees to its board. The appointments of Jamile Burns, Peter Richardson, Fiona Costley and Carl Feghali were ratified last week. London Vision is excited to strengthen its board with trustees drawn from a mix of backgrounds and experience that represent the diversity of London. 


Cathy Low, London Vision CEO said: “I am delighted to welcome such a diverse and interesting mix of people to the board. The new trustees bring both lived experience of sight loss and of living, working, and studying in London. Each will be able to bring a unique perspective to London Vision’s governance and ensure that the charity capably serves London’s blind and partially sighted community”. 


Fiona Costley brings over 13 years’ worth of experience in the world of HR across public, third and commercial sectors to the London Vision board. She is currently the Director of HR at Mulberry Schools Trust, a group of three schools in Tower Hamlets, leading a team with responsibility for over 500 members of staff. 


Fiona said: “Having worked in HR for many years, I look forward to bringing my professional experience to London Vision’s board. Human resources expertise is a crucial element of organisational governance, and I am eager to get to work on helping to shape London Vision’s policies in ways that benefit London’s blind and partially sighted population”. 


Jamile Burns is a practising lawyer, with extensive experience in financial services regulation, banking and corporate law. She has worked at the Financial Conduct Authority since 2014. Jamile will bring a wealth of knowledge of financial law and compliance to the board as well her experience working in these fields with a vision impairment. 


Jamile said: “My motivation for joining London Vision’s board is to add my own personal experiences as a visually impaired professional living and working in London, as well as my legal expertise. I think my professional work as a lawyer will provide London Vision with effective guidance and contribute to the sustainability of the organisation and am excited to start working with my fellow trustees. 


Since 2011, Peter Richardson has led the UK offices of Protiviti, a global consulting firm and he has now taken on a role to design and implement the ‘future of work’. Prior to joining Protiviti, he spent 30 years as a consultant to the financial services industry including leadership roles at PwC, EDS and Atos Consulting. 


Peter said: “I am excited to join London Vision’s board and work with an organisation committed to making London more equal and inclusive for blind and partially sighted people. My professional background focusses on driving change and delivering value and I intend to bring this focus to the governance and direction of London Vision”. 


Carl Feghali is a law student, studying LLB at the London School of Economics. As a young person with visual impairment, he has a keen understanding of the challenges faced by young visually impaired people in education and those first entering the workplace. 


Carl said: “As a student at a London university, I have an acute understanding of what it’s like to navigate visual impairment while studying, and of the impact COVID19 has had on the student experience. I am excited to bring my perspective and experiences to the London Vision board, while also ensuring that young people’s voices are represented”.


For further information or images please contact: Rosalind Duignan-Pearson, London Vision,  0203 761 3651 or 07974 578 637. 


About London Vision

Our vision is a society and capital city where blind and partially sighted people can participate fully. 


Our mission is 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.

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