AGM News article

Vision Aid Overseas hosts another successful Annual General Meeting

On Saturday November 9th 2019, Vision Aid Overseas hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Birmingham at the ABDO National Resource Centre.


The day started with Members Meeting, with highlights of the last year, presented by the Chief Executive Officer, Director of Programmes, Professional Volunteer Co-ordinator and Director of Fundraising and Communications.

This was followed by workshops on recycling and volunteering.

The presentations from the day can be downloaded from here.


The day also included the VAO Champion Awards and Trustees’ Recognition Awards. The Trustees’ Recognition Awards given to those who have made outstanding contributions and commitment to Vision Aid Overseas’ mission and vision so far.

The Trustees’ Recognition Award were given to: Dr Ebi Osuobeni, Dr Christopher Davey, Kristina Chapman, Jane Staunton, Judith Searle, Ashley Mehta, Kevin Woodbridge, David Clacher, Jane Veys, Chris Wright and Rupal Lovell-Patel.

The VAO Champion Awards are for outstanding long-term supporters and volunteers, recognising their exceptional service, contributions and commitment to the work of Vision Aid Overseas. This year the awards were given to: Anne Williams and Peter Ball.

To see photos of the award winners please go to our Facebook account.



The formal AGM followed with a presentation from Vision Aid Overseas Treasurer Peter Corbett, who presented the Annual Report and Accounts 2018/19 to the members.

During the AGM, Peter Corbett officially stepped down as Treasurer of Vision Aid Overseas. A new Treasurer, Jane Smith, has been found and co-opted for the next year.

The board also saw the re-election of Lucy Devine the retirement of Laura Bennett and resignations earlier in the year of Peter Beverly-Smith and Kajal Shah. The board and Trustees will be looking for new members. Should you wish to join the board or know of someone who may be interested, please contact [email protected].


Peter Corbett said:

“I have greatly enjoyed my six years as Treasurer and Trustee at Vision Aid Overseas. It has been fascinating to learn how eye health systems are gradually developing in African countries and comparing this to the situation in the UK is a reminder how lucky we are to have the NHS, however much we may moan about it! I hope that I have been able to help stabilise the finances and position the charity for future growth - there’s a huge amount to do and I wish all at VAO every success in meeting the challenges.”


Laura Bennett said:

“I retired as a trustee at this year’s AGM after eight years. The combination of voluntary roles, as both an optometrist on various assignments in Africa and as a trustee on the Board, has been a very rewarding experience.

The opportunity to work with different professions and contribute to the work and strategy of the charity has been a fascinating process and I thank all those involved for their support and friendship.

I will continue my role as a professional volunteer and wish all at VAO great success in their ambitions for delivering eyecare services in the future.”


To read the Trustees’ biographies, please click here.

Overall, the event was a great success with over 55 trustees, members, staff and guests attending.

Thank you to all who attended and made the day such a success.

To download the presentations from the day, click here.