Meet our staff

Nick Caplin - CEO

Nick Caplin CB

Chief Executive Officer

Nick joined Blind Veterans UK as CEO in 2014. As a Major General, he has over 33 years experience of command, leadership and management of military and civilian personnel in all three Defence Services.

Nick Caplin CB on LinkedIn

Nicky Shaw

Director of Operations (West)

Nicky joined us in 2015, building on a career within the voluntary sector where she led in operational delivery, change management, and business expansion programmes. Nicky has a background in Social Care and nationwide outcome based programme delivery, and is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Within Blind Veterans UK, Nicky is responsible for the strategic development of a national regionalised model of service delivery, consisting of community and residential centre based services.

Nicky Shaw on LinkedIn
Mark Lovatt - Director of Operations (East)

Mark Lovatt

Director of Operations (East)

Mark joined us in 2011 as a Centre Manager. He is now the Director of Operations (East), and is responsible for delivering a range of welfare, training and rehabilitation services to beneficiaries. Mark is a keen skier, cyclist and yoga enthusiast, who also spends his spare time gardening and studying for his MSc in People and Organisation Development. He lives with his wife and grown up children in Newark.

Mark Lovatt on LinkedIn

Jackie Harbor

Director of Engagement

Jackie joined us in 2018. Prior to this she held a variety of senior global commercial positions specialising in product development, sales leadership and marketing strategy within the media sector. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and is an active and passionate volunteer and campaigner. Jackie lives with her husband and 11 year old daughter in Berkshire. To relax she walks her dog, plays the flute and practices yoga.

Jackie Harbor on LinkedIn

Simon Hopkins

Director of Resources

Simon joined us in 2019 after holding a variety of roles in the third sector, including a spell as CEO for Turn2us and finance director at BHF. Simon started his career in finance and subsequently held a series of senior financial positions in commerce, specialising in financial strategy, commercial finance and contract compliance as well as related areas, such as business development and service management. Simon publishes and speaks regularly on financial sustainability, leadership and governance and lives with his family in Surrey.

Andy Cash

Chief of Staff

Andy joined us in 2017. He is responsible for ensuring cross-departmental coherence in the development and implementation of strategy, plans, performance, risk and governance. He provides support to the Chief Executive and Trustees. Andy is married and they live in the South West, with their two dogs and ‘collective’ of rescue hens, escaping as often as they can in their small camper van to places of natural beauty for trekking and new experiences.

Andy Cash on LinkedIn

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