Our team

Moorfields Eye Charity is run by a team of dedicated and passionate staff, while our board of trustees play a key role in making sure everything we do has our supporters and those we support at its core.

Our senior management team

Robert Dufton: chief executive

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Robert leads Moorfields Eye Charity. He has over 30 years’ experience in charity leadership. 

Previously he was director of campaigns at the University of Sheffield, director (CEO) of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and honorary visiting senior fellow of City, University of London’s Cass Business School.

He is a former member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bristol for his work in the fields of philanthropy and fundraising. 

Robert is also a patient at Moorfields.

I’m delighted to be here helping Moorfields Eye Charity do even more to advance the future of eye health. On behalf of everyone our supporters have enabled us to help or give hope to - thank you.

Robert Dufton

Ailish Murray: director of grants and research

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Ailish leads the charity’s grant making and research funding activities.

She has over 10 years’ experience in grants management and the development of grant funding programmes and strategies.

Previously she worked at the Wellcome Trust, National University of Ireland Galway and completed her PhD in Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London.

Gordon Burns: director of finance and resources

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Gordon leads on looking after the charity’s staff, policies and financial activities.

He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992 and has over 20 years of experience working in senior roles with health, social care and housing charities and their commercial subsidiaries.

Gordon has also held a number of voluntary board memberships and holds a diploma in charity accounting.

Rachel Jones: director of development

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Rachel leads on all the charity’s fundraising activities.

She has over 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing successful fundraising campaigns and strategies. Prior to Moorfields Eye Charity, she was head of development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Rachel is also a trustee of Willow Foundation.

Our trustees

Mervyn Walker: chair of our board of trustees

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Mervyn Walker chairs the Moorfields Eye Charity board and is a member of a number of our committees.

Mervyn is the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council at the University of Birmingham and also holds a number of other non-executive roles, as Chair of the Wood Group Pension Plan, Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Pension & Assurance Scheme and Trustee Director of LifeSight, the pensions master trust founded by Willis Towers Watson. His previous non-executive roles include Chair of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and Chair of the British Airways Pension Schemes.

Mervyn is a lawyer by background and also has extensive experience in human resources. His previous executive roles include senior positions at British Airways Plc, Mondi plc and Anglo American plc.

The work of Moorfields Eye Charity is vital to the future of eye health. It’s my pleasure and privilege to be involved.

Mervyn Walker

Andrew Ballheimer: fundraising committee

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Andrew is a solicitor. He recently retired, after more than 33 years’ service, from Allen & Overy LLP where he had latterly been the Global Managing Partner. He has worked in London, New York and Tokyo.

He now holds a number of non-executive positions and is a member of the U.K. Trade and Business Commission.

Andrew is a member of the fundraising committee.

Professor Dame Carrie MacEwen: grants committee

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Carrie is a consultant ophthalmologist at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and she holds an honorary chair of ophthalmology at the University of Dundee. She chairs the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). She is a past President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and is currently a member of the council of the GMC. She was also named on The Ophthalmologist 2019 Global Power List (of the most influential 100 people in ophthalmology).

She was appointed Dame Commander in the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to ophthalmology and healthcare leadership during the Covid-19 response in June 2021.

Carrie has been a member of Moorfields Eye Charity’s scientific advisory panel since 2018, and now also sits on our grants committee.

Colin Maclean OBE: audit and risk committee and remuneration and people committee

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Colin trained as a veterinarian, before moving into business with Unilever. He held senior positions at Glaxo, before joining the Meat and Livestock Commission as technical director and then director general.

He was appointed non-executive director of Berkshire Health Authority and subsequently became chair of the Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust, where he led the hospitals to foundation status.

Colin is a member of the audit and risk committee and remuneration and people committee.

Professor Sir Eric Thomas: chair of fundraising committee

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As well as being chair of the fundraising committee, Sir Eric is a member of the nominations committee and the Oriel committee.

He is an academic clinician (gynaecologist) and was previously the vice chancellor of the University of Bristol. Prior to that Sir Eric was dean of medicine and life sciences at the University of Southampton.

In 2004 he published the Thomas Report for the Government on fundraising in higher education and then went on to lead Bristol’s £100m centenary fundraising campaign.

Johanna Moss: fundraising committee

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Jo joined Moorfields Eye Hospital in July 2015 as director of strategy and business development and led the refresh of their five year strategy Vision of Excellence’.

From March 2021, Jo’s job title changed to director of strategy and partnerships in recognition of her leadership on Oriel and her role in strengthening relationships across the healthcare system and the sight loss community.

Jo’s responsibilities include strategy development, business development, marketing and communications, external relations, and corporate and social responsibility.

Lee-Ann Coleman PhD: chair of grants committee and member of the nominations committee

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Lee-Ann trained as a neuroscientist and held postdoctoral positions in the United States and at Oxford. Having left academia for scientific administration, she was latterly director of biomedical grants and career policy at the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Lee-Ann chairs the grants committee.

Louisa Wickham: grants committee

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Louisa is a consultant ophthalmologist, who specialises in vitreo-retinal treatment and research.

She is also the medical director at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Louisa is a member of the grants committee.

Martin Kuper: fundraising committee

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Martin is chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

He was previously deputy chief executive for transformation and chief medical officer at the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

Michael Izza: audit and risk committee and nominations committee

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Michael is the CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Previously he was the Executive Director at the Finance and Operations and then the chief operating officer, and he is a chartered accountant by background.

Michael was appointed as vice chair at Moorfields Eye Charity in March 2021.

Noland Carter: chair of investment committee and member of the nominations committee

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Noland has worked in the investment management industry for more than 39 years, both as an equity fund manager and then in senior leadership roles at Barclays and Rothschild & Co. He was most recently Head of Handelsbanken Asset Management and its Chief Investment Officer. He is a non-executive director of T. Bailey Asset Management and a trustee of the Freshfield Foundation.

Noland chairs the investment committee.

Rob Jones PhD; M.Phil; BA; FCSP: grants committee

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Rob is a chartered physiotherapist and was a senior NHS leader/​manager. He has served as a governor of Moorfields Eye Hospital since 2004 and is now lead governor.

Rob has many publications including co-authoring a series of books on leadership and management for the allied health professions. He is an experienced lecturer and masterclass/​workshop tutor at national and international levels on professional and management/​leadership topics and has undertaken external NHS service reviews.

Rob is committed to excellence in all aspects of healthcare service provision. He is registered blind and has been a Moorfields patient all his life.

Tony Briam: chair of audit and risk committee and Oriel committee

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Tony is the chair of both the audit and risk committee and the Oriel committee. He is also a member of the nominations committee.

Tony is a solicitor specialising in real estate, who retired as a partner of Clifford Chance in 2014.

Vicky Hastings: chair of remuneration and people committee

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Vicky is also a member of both the investment committee and the nominations committee.

She has worked in the investment management industry for over 30 years and held positions including Fund Manager at Kleinwort Benson and Mercury Asset Management, Chief Investment Officer at Merrill Lynch Private Investors and Investment Director at JO Hambro Capital Management.

As well as her roles at Moorfields Eye Charity she currently chairs Henderson European Focus Trust plc, is the senior independent director at The Edinburgh Investment Trust plc and is a non executive director at Impax Environmental Markets plc.