Dick Porter, Chair
Dick Porter has more than 45 years of in-depth experience of the international development sector of which more than 20 years has been dedicated to eliminating unnecessary blindness. Dick has worked extensively across Africa, the Indian sub-continent, and south-east Asia, working with principal development organisations including the World Banks, the Asian Development Bank, and ODA/DFID.
A graduate of London University, Dick worked for 10 years in marketing for blue chip companies before moving into the management consulting sector. In the 1980s he became a partner in KPMGs consultancy practice in London, and in the 1990s transitioned into the not for profit sector. As CEO of Sight Savers International (SSI), Dick was responsible for a major reorganisation of the charity, revamping its strategy and programming, which saw the organisation expand from £7 million to £20 million turnover during the 11 years of his tenure.
In 2005 Dick was invited by Dr Nag Rao – the executive chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) - to become a director of the organisation. IAPB represents its member organisations and one of its principal roles is to work with its members and the World Health Organization in the execution of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. This is a global partnership initiative with which Dick had considerable involvement in both its development and subsequent roll out until his retirement from IAPB in 2008.
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Stephen Bell has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector specialising in strategic and operation planning, finance and human resources, and project management. His experience in the charity sector includes posts as Head of Programme Funding at Sight Savers International (SSI); Deputy Director of Programmes and Deputy Chief Executive at Children’s Aid Direct and 4Children respectively, Director of Brighton and Hove Sure Start, as well as positions with the British Overseas Network of Development Agencies (BOND), and in a consultancy capacity with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). Stephen is currently actively involved in charitable work as Chair and Treasurer of the Friends Centre in Brighton and Chair of Investors in Development.
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Jennifer is a Partner and Head of Fund Investor Relations at 3i.
Since joining 3i in June 2005 she has co-led the acquisition of the Mayborn Group and co-led the take privates of Telecity Group and Redbus to create TelecityRedbus. In November 2007 she was responsible for the acquisition of Agent Provocateur. She currently sits on the boards of Mayborn, Agent Provocateur and Hobbs.
Prior to joining 3i Jennifer spent nine years at Terra Firma Capital Partners and Nomura’s Principal Finance Group (PFG), where she was Managing Director. In addition to numerous portfolio responsibilities, major deals that she led there include the privatisation of Angel Train Contracts and acquisition of Inn Partnership. Before PFG/Terra Firma, Jennifer started her career as a solicitor for Allen, Allen & Hemsley in Sydney and London. She holds a BA degree and LLB from the University of Sydney.
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Dr Richard Wormald
Dr Richard Wormald is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Richard graduated in medicine in 1977 and has had a long career as a practising eye surgeon and has lectured extensively in ophthalmology at the Institute of Ophthalmology, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has published over 100 research papers on eye health, specialising in glaucoma and epidemiology.
Richard has worked extensively with eye health charities: from 1995 to 2001 he was a Trustee for Sight Savers International; in 2005 and 2006 Richard was adviser to ORBIS International and ORBIS UK and he has advised the Royal National Institute for Blind People, the British Council for the Prevention of Blindness and other national and international NGOs on eye health. Richard became involved with The Fred Hollows Foundation (UK) in autumn 2010.