Our media pack has been created for journalists to find out more about RLSB and its work with blind and visually impaired young people. Available to download as a PDF, the document provides information on:
- Press contacts
- The history of RLSB
- Key facts and figures
- The charity’s activities
- Case studies
Download our RLSB Media pack
RLSB has a number of experts available for interview and commentary.
Dr Tom Pey, RLSB CEO
Tom joined RLSB in 2010 following 11 years at Guide Dogs as Director of External Affairs. As President of the European Guide Dog Federation he oversaw its largest research project into the needs of visually impaired people.
Tom, a father of four and former investment banker, says he owes a huge personal debt to RLSB for helping him regain his self confidence when he lost his sight at the age of 39. As RLSB CEO he is revoluntionising the charity so that it can reach its goal of helping 10,000 blind and partially sighted young people in London and the South East in the next five years.
Sue Sharp, Director of Services and Public Affairs
Sue is responsible for all RLSB education and community services as well as the Society’s public policy and research agenda. Sue spent almost 20 years in the civil service where she specialised in transport and disability representing the government on national and international expert groups. In 2006 she become Guide Dogs’ Head of Public Policy and Campaigns.
Dr John Harris, Head of Research and Public Affairs
John’s background is in psychology and he started his career as a lecturer at Cardiff University. He is a qualified clinical psychologist. In 1990 John was appointed CEO of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities. An Honorary Professor of Special Education (Birmingham University) John was elected a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1997 and has authored a range of publications. Prior to joining RLSB, John was CEO of BlindAid.
Julian Dailly, Director of External Affairs
A branding and communications expert, prior to RLSB Julian headed up a global consultancy team, working with multinationals on marketing investment, sales growth and corporate brand valuation. Julian is responsible for pioneering the development of RLSB’s Life Without Limits concept and reaching out to rebuild donor, funder and customer base with the new brand.
Mark Bond, Sportsman and Coach
Mark Bond once thought he would never be able to play sports or work within the sports industry because he has a visual impairement. However, he has since represented England as part of the national Blind Cricket Team, run a cricket development programme in Barbados and is currently a member of the London Metro Cricket Team. Mark works for RLSB thought it’s sports partners Sport for Choice and Cricket 4 Change, to introduce blind and visually impaired youngsters to sports.
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