We are currently looking for additional volunteers to help with two of our Board of Trustees, sub-committees. If you have the right expertise and would like to help make a difference to an effective charity that is changing thousands of lives for the better, let us know!


Fundraising Sub-Committee

The Fundraising Sub-Committee is an integral part of the Fundraising and Communications department, we support the work that is undertaken by this team and offer experience and insight where required. As a group we use our varied work and personal knowledge, and individual skill sets to help expand and develop the strategic direction of fundraising within VAO and provide a source of networking opportunities to the wider team.

We would welcome permanent members, who bring with them a wealth and diversity of fundraising, communications and marketing knowledge and experience, to share their expertise. The role focuses around enabling conversations through networking and existing relationships and supporting specific fundraising tasks, including advocacy. We are looking to diversify our committee and welcome applications from many different backgrounds, skill sets and personal circumstances. In addition to this we are also open to exploring opportunities with those members who would like to have an individual slot within one of our quarterly meetings to share specific skills or knowledge.

In line with our equal opportunities policy we welcome the widest possible range of expressions of interest in order to increase the diversity of our Board. People with Disabilities and those with experience of living and working in Africa particularly in respect to strengthening eye care services are particularly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in applying please email [email protected], put ‘Fundraising sub-committee application’ in the subject line, state your experience and interest in the role, and we will  contact you for further discussions. 

Current membership as follows:

Ian Kerr – Fundraising Trustee (Sub-Committee Chair)

Katie Hepworth - Fundraising Trustee

Amber Woodward-Brown - Head of Fundraising and Communications

Nicola Chevis – Chief Executive

Richard Rawlinson – Fundraising Trustee

 


Finance, Administration and Remuneration Sub-Committee

This is a sub-committee of the Board and is chaired by the Treasurer of VAO, Jane Smith.

The Committee holds quarterly meetings, with more frequent meetings if required. Responsibilities include reviewing and approving accounts, forecasts and budgets prior to review by the Board, setting guidance for financial strategy, dealing with relevant HR matters including pay increase proposals and reviewing and providing guidance for financial strategy.

Recent work undertaken by the Committee has included reviewing the Annual Report and Accounts prior to Board Approval, writing a pay policy for overseas staff (jointly with the Programme Director) and reviewing and approving management proposals for furloughing staff during lockdown.

Meetings are brief and focused, with most of our work undertaken outside of the meeting.

We would welcome additional members who could share their business expertise to help us develop VAO and support the executive team.

In line with our equal opportunities policy we welcome the widest possible range of expressions of interest in order to increase the diversity of our Board. People with Disabilities and those with experience of living and working in Africa particularly in respect to strengthening eye care services are particularly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in applying please email [email protected], put ‘Finance sub-committee application’ in the subject line, state your experience and interest in the role, and we will  contact you for further discussions. 

Current membership as follows:

Jane Smith – Treasurer (Sub-Committee Chair)

Lucy Devine - Company Secretary

Ian Kerr - Fundraising Trustee

Nicola Chevis - Chief Executive

Angela Dixon - Finance Director

Nora Colton – Chair of the Board

 


Programme Sub-Committee

The Committee was established in 2018 and supports the work of the programme department and helps to identify priority areas of work. The Terms of Reference allows members of the committee to contribute to and, where appropriate, lead on agreed areas of work, helping to identify and connect with strategic and implementing partners. The committee also helps monitor trends and activities to help ensure that the work of VAO remains relevant. Current projects being led by the committee include partnerships with universities to conduct academic research alongside the implementation of our programme work. The committee meets on a quarterly basis and the Terms of Reference will be reviewed in 2021.

The Programme Sub-Committee is not currently looking for additional members, but please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

Current membership as follows:

Mr. Ronnie Graham        (ex-VSO, HAI, SSI and IAPB, UK). Chair

Dr. Hannah Faal                 (Ophthalmologist. Ex-SSI, IAPB, Nigeria)

Dr. Ving Fai Chan              (Optometrist, ex-BHVI, now Queens University, Belfast)

Dr. Stephen Thompson (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK)

Dr. Naomi Nsubuga         (Optometrist, ex-BHVI, Makerere, WCO, AFCO, Uganda)

Dr. Priya Morjaria             (Optometrist, ICEH-LSHTM, UK). Co-opted

Ms. Anne Buglass             VAO Director of Programmes, Secretary, UK