Blind Veterans UK Chief Executive samples blind archery and shooting during first visit to Llandudno centre

16 October 2014 12:45

Blind Veterans UK’s Llandudno centre has hosted the first official visit by the charity’s new Chief Executive, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB.

On a two-day tour of the care, rehabilitation and training centre, which has been operational since 2011, Nick Caplin witnessed first-hand the life-transforming services and support Blind Veterans UK provides to vision impaired ex-Service men and women. Nick also met the centre's staff and volunteers, all of whom are Llandudno locals, and participated in a range of training and recreational activities - including trying his hand at blind archery and shooting.

Nick Caplin said: "It was exciting and inspiring to visit the Blind Veterans UK Llandudno centre. From the moment I arrived, I was struck by the commitment, resourcefulness and talent of the centre's staff and volunteers. I also enjoyed meeting many of the ex-Service men and women being supported by the 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 Llandudno centre does for the ex-Service community and the special place it has within the local community in North Wales."

Mark Lovatt, manager of the Llandudno centre, said: "All of us at Blind Veterans UK's Llandudno centre were delighted to meet Nick Caplin and show him our vital work. We are thrilled to have such a distinguished leader as our new Chief Executive and we very much look forward to seeing where Nick Caplin will take the charity, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary next year and embarks on its second century of service."

A highly distinguished military officer who spent more than 30 years on active service, 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.