Meet our staff

Nick Caplin - CEO

Nick Caplin CB

Chief Executive Officer

Nick joined Blind Veterans UK as CEO in October 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.

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Mark Lovatt - Director of Operations (East)

Mark Lovatt

Director of Operations (East)

Mark joined Blind Veterans UK in May 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 a wide range of beneficiaries.

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

Nicky Shaw

Director of Operations (West)

Nicky joined Blind Veterans UK in September 2015. She is responsible for delivering a comprehensive range of welfare, training and rehabilitation services to a large and diverse range of beneficiaries.

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Matt Parkes - Director of Fundraising

Matt Parkes

Director of Fundraising

Matt has been part of Blind Veterans UK since June 2016. He is responsible for developing and delivering fundraising strategy, including major donors and corporate partnerships, as well as individual giving and gifts in wills.

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Ann-Mari Freebairn - Director of Engagement

Ann-Mari Freebairn

Director of Engagement

Ann-Mari joined Blind Veterans UK in July 2016 and leads the Engagement directorate. She is responsible for external and internal communications, as well as member services bringing more blind veterans into the charity.

Ann-Mari Freebairn on LinkedIn

Nathan Muirhead

Chief of Staff

Nathan joined Blind Veterans UK in 2015 as the Assistant Director Strategy & Governance. He is now the charity’s Chief of Staff, and is responsible for leading the charity through its transition to a new operating model.

David Arthur - Director of Estates

David Arthur

Director of Estates and Planning

David joined Blind Veterans UK in 2009. He is the Director of Estates and Planning, and is responsible for the charity's property holdings and supporting blind veterans with property related issues. His team manage the charity’s HQ and support maintenance at the centres. He is also responsible for transport and health and safety.

Ian Whitehead - Director of Finance

Ian Whitehead

Director of Resources

Ian first joined Blind Veterans UK in 2010. His teams look after the resources of the charity such as the money, information systems and people. His finance team manage cash flow to make sure the charity can meet its day-to-day operational requirements and is therefore able to provide support to our blind veterans.

Sue Davies - HR Assistant Director

Sue Davies

Assistant Director to HR

Sue joined Blind Veterans in 2005 and leads the Volunteering, Learning & Development, HR and Payroll teams. Her motto is ‘if your job is not rewarding challenging and fun you are doing it wrong’.

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