Trustees & Executive Officers

The Board of Trustees for the Greater London Fund for the Blind are experts in their chosen professional fields. Our current Executive Officers and Trustees are listed below.

Ms Anna Tylor

Chair

Anna is an experienced trustee and Chair who also led the campaign to create accessible e-books as standard. She also developed the idea for what is now the UK Accessible Education Collection, enabling visually impaired, and other disabled learners, access to the curriculum. She's enjoyed a successful career in organisational development and more recently as a commercial mediator. She's also worked in Eastern Europe, developing services to support disabled people.

Anna believes that all blind and partially sighted people are entitled to live to their potential and that the services that enable this are critical.

She writes The Blind Truth Blog.

Dr Olivia Curno

Chief Executive

A born and raised Londoner, Olivia is driven by the belief that everyone should be able to enjoy the vibrant cultural, social, and economic riches of the city she loves. As Chief Executive at the Greater London Fund for the Blind, she is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, supporting the teams to raise significant funds and make significant noise, and ensuring that everything we do has the greatest possible impact for London's partially sighted and blind people.

Prior to joining GLFB, Olivia was Director of Fundraising at children's mental health charity Place2Be and Head of Fundraising and Communications at autism research charity Autistica. She has volunteered widely in the sector internationally and at home, and is currently a Trustee of UK poverty charity Turn2us. Before joining the charitable sector Olivia was a researcher and lecturer in Evolutionary Biology.

Mr Charles Colquhoun

Honorary Treasurer

Charles was born and brought up in Pembrokeshire and graduated from Leeds University with an Economics degree and is a qualified accountant. He worked in numerous financial roles in Royal Mail/Post Office where he worked for 30 years and a day with his last role being Head of Corporate Finance.

Charles joined sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust in 2016 where he is Director of Resources responsible for finance and their property portfolio. He is married with two grown up children.

Mr Keith Felton

Independent Trustee

Keith Felton is director of corporate services at Crisis, the national charity for homeless people. Prior to joining Crisis in 2009, Keith spent nearly 25 years in the financial services industry, following qualification as a chartered accountant. Keith was a trustee of BlindAid, a member charity of GLFB, for many years, stepping down as chair in 2017.

Mr Harry Harris

Independent Trustee

Peter ‘Harry’ Harris is the co-founder of SUSD Ltd, the developer and investor behind The Curtain Hotel & Members’ Club and Devonshire Club. With over 25 years’ experience delivering multi-million-pound hotel and real estate projects, Harry has developed a systematic, locally-sensitive approach to his projects. His career began with major mixed-use regeneration projects with an emphasis on luxury residential and hotel development.

In a career spanning over 25 years, Harry founded SUSD Ltd and held key main-board positions with listed companies alongside non-exec. roles with charities including Greater London Fund for the Blind, Notting Hill Housing Trust and the University of Westminster.

Mr James Matthews

Independent Trustee

Mr Raj Mehta

Member Trustee

Since retiring from BP several years ago, Raj has been pursuing his passion in raising awareness and promoting the capabilities of disabled people and, specifically, of sight-impaired individuals. As such, he holds a variety of roles within voluntary and health sectors, serving as an advisor, a non-executive director, a trustee, a mentor and a trainer. He brings a unique and diverse perspective as a blind individual with extensive experience and knowledge of the corporate sector.

During his career at BP, Raj was a commercially-focused experienced procurement and IT business leader with an excellent track record of delivering business results, with deep oil industry and corporate sector knowledge. Over 35+ years at BP, where he held a variety of leadership roles – within IT and Procurement functions - delivered numerous transformation programs, managed a variety of service organisations and dealt with hundreds of suppliers.

Raj is married with two sons and holds BA and MA degrees, and has been a Member of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.

Mrs Sharon Petrie

Independent Trustee

 

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