Patron and governing body

Raymond Hazan OBE


Ray has been our President since 2004. He was totally blinded, lost his right hand and suffered severe hearing loss in an IRA parcel bomb explosion in 1973. He has been a beneficiary of Blind Veterans UK ever since, working for the charity in Membership and PR as well as editing our magazine, The Review.

Tim Davis


Tim joined the Council of Blind Veterans UK in 2009 as Vice Chairman and became Chairman in December 2013. He has extensive international experience in general management, sales, marketing and distribution roles for blue chip companies across Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia.

Penny Harris


Penny was appointed as a member of Council in December 2014. After starting her career with a brief spell in public relations, she has spent over 25 years in investment management, formerly with Kleinwort Benson and currently with Rathbones, where as an investment director, she manages investment portfolios for private individuals, trusts, self-invested personal pensions and charities. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.

Paul Palmer Esq


Paul Palmer was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1972 into the Royal Corps of Transport. His career was spent in the movement of personnel, equipment and ammunition around the world by road, rail, sea and air. He spent two tours of duty in Northern Ireland and served in the Gulf. After leaving the Army he spent the next 7 years working in the Middle East before retiring in 2009 and was diagnosed blind in 2010.

Air Vice Marshal Paul Luker CB OBE AFC DL


Paul joined the Royal Air Force in 1968 aged 17, serving until 2006. He trained as a support helicopter pilot and subsequently his flying duties ranged across a wide number of RAF and Army helicopters. Paul has been a trustee of Blind Veterans UK since December 2012.

Kerry Levins Esq


Kerry was appointed as a Trustee of Blind Veterans UK in 2012. A blind veteran himself, Kerry was commissioned into the Royal Signals in 1991. He served with the Queens Gurkha Signal Regiment in Hong Kong, Nepal and Brunei. Discharged as a Captain in 1999, and has been a Blind Veterans UK beneficiary since 2010.

Andrew Ross


Andrew Ross is Head of Wealth Management for Schroders the Group and sits on the Group Management Committee. He is also Chief Executive of Cazenove Capital Management, which is the UK Wealth Management business of Schroders. He was previously Chief Executive of HSBC Asset Management (Europe) Limited between 1998 and 2001. Prior to that, Andrew was Managing Director of James Capel Investment Management which he joined in 1985. After graduating from Southampton University with a First Class degree in Ancient History, Andrew served a short commission in the Royal Green Jackets. He has 30 years of investment experience.

Sarah-Lucie Watson


Sarah-Lucie Bashall (nee Watson) was born in London and grew up in Kent. Her mother was blinded in an accident aged 6 and brought up three children. She is married to an army officer and has three children of her own. Sarah-Lucie trained to become a doctor at Kings College hospital in London in 1982. After an experience in Kenya working on a research project involving the effects of Leprosy on the eye and completing her FRCS part one, she decided to specialize in Ophthalmic surgery. She completed her fellowship specializing in Medical retina at Moorfield’s Eye hospital in London and in 2003 took up a fulltime Consultant position at the Royal Berkshire hospital.

Ty Platten


Ty has since January 2016 been the Chief Executive of Broughton House Veterans Care Charity. Ty, who is based in the North West, was formerly Managing Director of Hull based HICA for just over 5 years. His career started in London where he trained as a Barrister before taking up the role of National Development Manager for Nuffield Hospitals, opening up health screening facilities across the UK. He then progressed into a Regional Management role for BUPA Care Services. He was recognised for ‘Management Excellence’ in the Laing and Buisson Independent Healthcare Awards 2011. Ty was appointed as a Trustee of Blind Veterans UK in September 2015.

David Turner


David joined the Council of Blind Veterans UK in March 2016. After studying at the College of Estate Management, University of London, he qualified as a chartered surveyor. After some years working as a consultant, he joined the UK board of a listed property development and investment company before joining a leading UK bank where he became CEO of the Group’s property subsidiary and Group Property Director. Post retirement David has used his general management and property experience through a number of Board appointments in the private and public sectors; some adding to his international experience and including chairing a FTSE 250 company. He also has experience at board level with charities and in higher education.