Patrons and trustees
Blind Veterans UK’s Patron is HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh, who took over patronage from HM The Queen in 2016.
We also have a number of vice patrons, who support the aims of Blind Veterans UK, help raise funds for our work and publicise our achievements and impact.
Blind Veterans UK, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, is governed by our council of trustees, the charity’s board of directors. The council is ultimately responsible for the charity’s strategic decisions.
The council works closely with our Chief Executive Officer and senior leadership team. The trustees have legal accountability for the charity and are responsible for ensuring our assets are used exclusively to further our objectives.
Our trustees meet regularly during the year to determine and review the charity’s strategy and policies, and to receive reports from senior management. Our trustees, who are unpaid volunteers, must stand for re-election after three years, and normally serve for a maximum of six years.
The council delegates some of its powers and responsibilities to a series of sub-committees and working groups that oversee areas such as resourcing and planning, and service delivery and engagement. These groups are made up of Blind Veterans UK trustees and management, and external advisors and experts.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh GCVO – Patron
General The Lord Richards GCB, CBE, DSO, DL – Vice Patron
Prof Russell Foster CBE, FRSB, FMedSci, FRS – Vice Patron
Viscount Chelsea DL – Vice Patron
Colin Williamson, President
Barry Coupe, Chairman
David Turner, Vice Chairman
Ian Sherriff BEM