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.
Sue Disley

Sue Disley

Ambassador

Sue Disley Growing up Sue was encouraged and supported by her blind grandmother. From an early age, she recognised the practicalities of living with limited sight and that being blind need not be a barrier to an active happy life. Sue had a career in social care for over 30 years retiring as Assistant Director at Leicestershire County Council. Sue was diagnosed with glaucoma and received support from Vista, becoming a trustee in 2012 and was Chair of trustees from 2013 to 2016

Mike Kapur OBE

Mike Kapur OBE

Patron

Mike Kapur is a Patron of Vista and has long and fond connections with us, having first joined the charity in 1983 to do a year long internship which involved computerising the then manual accounting records. Graduating and then qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he still maintained his links with Vista. He is currently Founder and Director, Signum Corporate Communications; Chairman of the National Space Centre; and Chairman of Leicester City Football Club Community Trust.

Mike has always been a strong advocate of public service and is a Trustee of Warning Zone and National Forest Company. He served as a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire from 2015 before being appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire in 2018, and in 2017 he was made an OBE for Services to Science, Technology, Business and Enterprise.