Trustees

Vista is governed by our Board of Trustees. Our trustees are critical in making sure we are doing all we can to improve the lives of local people with sight loss. 

As well as people who have personal experience of sight loss, our trustees have had distinguished careers in industry, education and healthcare. We're extremely proud to have a strong Governing Body with an experienced Chair and a hardworking, strong, supportive Board of Trustees. They accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity and ensure that we remain solvent, well-run and meet the needs of our service users. Thank you to our wonderful team.

Louisa Hosegood

Louisa Hosegood

Chair of Trustees

Louisa Hosegood was appointed as Chair of Trustees in September 2016. Louisa's career in manufacturing and retail have been in roles at the heart of business growth and change, supporting commercial decision-making, efficiency programmes and strategic change. Louisa is also Deputy Chair of the CIMA UK board (non exec), and at John Lewis is a member of their Foundation Trust subcommittee, which distributes funds raised from carrier bag sales to charitable causes. 

Louisa is passionate to make a difference. Her commercial acumen, strong customer focus and wealth of knowledge will bring a new perspective to the Vista Board at a time of refocus, growth and strategic review. 

Tony Harrop

Tony Harrop

Deputy Chair of Trustees

Tony joined Vista as a Trustee in 2014 and became Deputy Chair in 2015. Tony has experienced a 40 year career in the Social Care sector, including the positions of Director of Social Services and Deputy to the Chief Executive at the County Council. After retirement, chaired on NHS Trust Partnership and is now Trustees for Action Homeless. Tony has also experienced personal sight loss problems.
Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson

Treasurer

Michael became a Trustee and Treasurer in 2014. He was formerly Bursar and Finance Director of Loughborough University. He graduated from Manchester University in Economics, and later took an external degree in Law from London University. Career highlights included a Commonwealth Universities Travelling Fellowship and leadership of an efficiency study on behalf of the Cabinet Office. At various times, Michael has been an adviser to the Department for Education and other government bodies. Since retiring, he has chaired the boards of a large housing association and a group of independent schools. Michael has also been a director of a mutual insurance company and an advisor on treasury management issues. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Leicestershire.
Mohammed Bhojani

Mohammed Bhojani

Trustee

Mohammed is a practising optometrist and independent practice owner (Visual Answers Optometrists), seeing patients for over 25 years. He currently mentors students at Warwick Business School and is also an elected committee member of Leicestershire and Rutland Local Optical Committee. He previously also worked as a magistrate in Loughborough, and was on the bench for over ten years. From 2010 - 2013, Mohammed was appointed as a consulting member of Ciba Vision (now Novartis) Academy of Eye Care Excellence, giving talks, lectures and presentations on aspects of eye care and business management throughout the UK and Europe.
Patricia Cyhan

Patricia Cyhan

Trustee

Patricia became a Vista Trustee in July 2011, and has extensive experience of project and staff management, management of change and strategic collaborative working across the public sector. Originally a qualified social worker, she is passionate about achieving innovation and sustainability within the third sector. Prior to self employment, Patricia has experience of using the hospital eye casualty services.
John Godber

John Godber

Trustee and Chair of Vista's Member Forum

John was appointed in September 2013. He joined following retirement after a 36 year career with the RNIB, mainly as Head of Products and Publications, managing books and magazine sales - making him an expert in audio, braille and electronic information. John experienced life as a sighted child, then partially sighted and now a blind adult. This has given him extensive professional and personal knowledge of issues and barriers facing people with sight loss. He also has a strong understanding of the role and importance of being a Trustee.
Roy Hill

Roy Hill

Trustee

Roy Hill has been a Vista Trustee since 2008 and was Deputy Chair from 2010 to 2015. He was a Chartered Builder and a Chartered Building Surveyor, until his retirement as Director of Estates Services at Loughborough University in November 2007. Roy has worked in most aspects of Estates Management activities and was responsible for the major building programme at Loughborough that took place during the early 1990s until 2007. He has taken a keen interest in environmental and health and safety matters during his career.
Dr Tom Pey

Dr Tom Pey

Trustee

Tom Pey was appointed as a Trustee in 2018. Tom had a successful career in international investment banking when at 39 he lost his sight, something he calls a “horrendously traumatic” experience. He says: “I learned that I could either be a victim of my sight loss or I could do something with it.”  It was this thinking he brought with him when he was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Blind Children in 2010, following 11 years at Guide Dogs as Director of External Affairs, where he sought and achieved many improvements to both transport and public environments, which enhanced access for disabled people including those who are blind and partially sighted.  

He is revolutionizing RSBC so that it can reach its goal of helping 22,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people in England and Wales by 2020. Tom is also Executive Chair of the award winning tech start-up, Wayfindr.org which is trail blazing audio based navigation for blind people across the world.  He is a long time advocate for the rights of disabled people and a member of the Board of VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group).

Ruth Ingman

Ruth Ingman

Trustee

Ruth became a Trustee in 2018. Ruth has a Masters in Law and Employment Relations and started her career at the Bar in Birmingham. In 2002 she established her own business, Ruth Ingman Ltd providing HR and Employment Law support for small to medium sized businesses. Ruth was President of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce between 2008 and 2010 and has held non-executive posts in the public, private and third sectors.

More recently Ruth has been a board member at LBV and Transitional Chair of the Leicester LMC building corporate governance structures and mentoring the CEO. Ruth currently works as an independent lay Chair for NHS England in addition to building her own secondary business.
Paul Ryb

Paul Ryb

Trustee

Paul became a Trustee in 2018 and currently holds board positions in the commercial, public and charity sectors, while also managing an investment portfolio for a private family office.

He was managing director at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Global, Banking and Markets Division having previously worked in London for over 20 years at a number of investment banks. Since losing his central vision in 2007 to macular dystrophy, he has joined a number of boards as a non-executive director, specialising in his area of expertise: assisted technology, cyber security, angel investing and business strategy. Paul has also become involved in a number of sight charities including RNIB (6 years Trustee), the Macular Society (currently Vice Chair) and Blind in Business, where he continues to use his experiences in dealing with sight loss to benefit others.

In 2017 Paul became a non-executive director for Kings Access Tech Ltd and the NHS Mental Health Board. Paul is a keen sportsman and has held the British #1 VI Tennis title 2014-17 and represented Great Britain in the World VI tennis championships, a black belt in kickboxing and enjoys various extreme sports in the Alps every summer with his children including mountain biking, white water rafting and canyoning. Paul has two children, a golden retriever and lives in London.