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Patrons and trustees

Blind Veterans UK’s Patron is HRH The Countess of Wessex, who took over patronage from 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, Nick Caplin, and our 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.

Our patrons

Our trustees