Ambassadors

His Grace the Duke of Rutland

His Grace the Duke of Rutland

Lifetime Patron

The relationship with the Manners family goes back to a donation of £20 in 1860 from the Marquis of Granby, who would go on to be the 6th Duke of Rutland. The current Duke is the 11th Duke of Rutland.
Frances, Dowager Duchess of Rutland

Frances, Dowager Duchess of Rutland

President

Her Grace has been actively involved in Vista for many years, and hosts an annual garden party in the grounds of her house each year. Her Grace also attends all AGMs.
Alec Crombie MBE

Alec Crombie MBE

Honorary Vice President

Alec has been blind since the age of 10. He was the first sight impaired trustee in 1976 and was Chair of the board of trustees from 1997 to 2003. Alec was a solicitor and is now active in Rutland, where he is Deputy Mayor of Uppingham.
Brian Negus

Brian Negus

Ambassador

Brian is registered blind and a keen photographer. Over the last few years Brian’s work has attracted media attention, and he has set up an online group for visually impaired photographers, which has a steadily growing membership. Prior to his retirement in 2007, from his position as Director of Computing Services at Loughborough University, Brian became a Trustee and subsequently Chairman of Vista. He stepped down from the Chairman role in 2013, however Brian remains an enthusiastic supporter of Vista’s work. For his role in training other visually impaired people in the use of technology, Brian was recognised by Talk Talk as a Digital Hero in 2015, one of only five nationally. 

Philip Parkinson OBE

Philip Parkinson OBE

Ambassador

Philip came to Leicester from Hampshire in 1964 with a post in industry with Scaffolding (Great Britain) Ltd, but after a few years changed careers, retrained and served as a Youth and Community Worker in Highfields. In 1974, he joined Vista as deputy to John Brown BEM, succeeding him as Chief Executive three years later. On his retirement in 2001, Philip was made an OBE for services to blind people. Since then he has been very active in the NHS, chairing the Leicester City Primary Care Trust and is currently a Director of Healthwatch Leicester. Philip has remained very interested in how Vista has continued to develop and was very pleased to become an Ambassador.
Jenny Pearce BEM

Jenny Pearce BEM

Ambassador

Jenny enjoyed twelve years at Vista before retiring from her post as Chief Executive in December 2012. She now continues her involvement with the sight loss sector in a variety of roles: Trustee of VISION 2020 (UK) Ltd; Deputy Chair of Thomas Pocklington Trust; and Chair of the Rehabilitation and Low Vision Group of VISION 2020 (UK) Ltd. In 2013, Jenny was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the RNIB, and in 2015 a British Empire Medal (BEM).