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.

Pauline Tagg

Pauline Tagg

Chair of Trustees

Pauline Tagg MBE - been recruited as Chair of Trustees and has been Chair of East Midlands Ambulance Trust since 2013. Pauline has worked in the acute sector of the NHS for over 35 years as a nurse, midwife and in senior clinical and leadership roles and has previously undertaken trustee roles with other large local charities.  She brings incredible understanding and experience to Vista’s board and will help lead us through the next stages of our journey. 

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.
Maddy Kennedy

Maddy Kennedy

Treasurer

Maddy has also been appointed as a Trustee. She worked in finance roles for a variety of commercial companies before setting up her own business as an independent CFO, specialising in small enterprises in the life sciences sector and with considerable experience of business planning and starting up new ventures. 

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.
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.

 

Jean Voller

Jean Voller

Trustee

Jean has also been appointed as a Trustee and is a highly experienced (recently retired) senior orthoptist, with over 43 years’ experience in practice at St James University Hospital in Leeds and more recently the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Jean has been a Vista volunteer for some time, throwing herself into children’s activities and our early intervention projects and helping us explore new ways for Vista to get involved in health and social care and support. 

Rob Hogan

Rob Hogan

Trustee

Rob, has been appointed as a Trustee and is an optometrist with a career of 38 years working in academia, his own practice, hospitals and large corporate organisations. He also brings significant experience of working on clinical and quality standards and in leading professional training and development and is particularly interested in raising the profile and impact of Low Vision and Rehabilitation services.