Blind Veterans UK Chief Executive meets ex Service men and women at charity’s Brighton centre

11 November 2015 13:55

Blind and vision impaired veterans welcomed the new Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, to its Brighton centre last week.

Nick Caplin visited the centre to see first-hand the life-transforming rehabilitation and training support Blind Veterans UK provides to vision impaired ex-Service men and women.

Nick, who spoke with veterans, staff and volunteers on his visit, said: "It is always inspiring to visit the Blind Veterans UK Brighton centre. The minute you walk through the door, you are struck by the courage of the blind veterans we help, as well as the commitment and resourcefulness of the centre's staff and volunteers. I enjoyed meeting ex-Service men and women who are supported by the Brighton centre and hearing about the positive difference Blind Veterans UK makes to their lives.

"I am extremely proud of the work Blind Veterans UK's Brighton centre does for the ex-Service community and the special place it has within the local community."

Nick spent time speaking with many veterans at the centre about the free and comprehensive support they receive, including 81 year-old-Brighton centre resident Ted Pepper, who chatted with Nick in the centre's new memorial garden prior to its official opening on Remembrance Day, 11 November.

Esther Freeman, Member Activities Manager at the Brighton centre, said: "We were all delighted to welcome Nick Caplin to Blind Veterans UK's Brighton centre and show him our vital work, including the rehabilitation and training we provide to blind veterans so they can live independently with sight loss. We feel privileged to have such a distinguished leader as the new Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK."

A former military officer who spent more than 30 years on active service, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin began his career as a helicopter pilot for the Army Air Corps. He went on to hold a number of high-profile senior postings, including General Officer Commanding British Forces Germany, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Joint Helicopter Command and Kosovo Protection Corps Co-Ordinator. In October 2012, Nick became Chief Army Instructor at the Royal College of Defence Studies. He became Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK on 13 October, following the death of former Chief Executive Robert Leader.

Nick Caplin is married to Isobel and has two grown-up children, Alastair and Camilla. His interests include classical music (he describes himself as a rusty pianist and organist), sailing (Yachtmaster qualified) and enjoying the outdoors. He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in 2001 and appointed Companion to the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 2012.