Moorfields Eye Charity appoints Robert Dufton as chief executive

Moorfields Eye Charity  has announced the appointment of Robert Dufton as chief executive, with effect from January 2017.

Robert joins us from the University of Sheffield where he held the postition of director of campaigns.  He was the director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest grant-making organisations for a period of nine years and started his career as a solicitor.  Robert has held a number of non-executive roles in the charitable and academic sectors, and is currently a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bristol for his work in the fields of fundraising and philanthropy.

Announcing Robert’s appointment, Mervyn Walker, Moorfields Eye Charity’s chair of trustees, said:

I am delighted that we have been able to attract a candidate of Robert Dufton’s calibre and experience to join us as chief executive.  Moorfields Eye Charity has a very exciting agenda ahead as we work to support the vital work of Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.  I am confident that Robert will help us to build on the very strong foundations the MEC team has established, to take the charity to a new level.

Commenting on Robert’s appointment, David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

Moorfields Eye Charity plays a critical role in supporting the work of Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.  We look forward to welcoming Robert and to working in partnership with him and the MEC team to maximise the contribution the Charity makes to our success.

Responding to his appointment, Robert Dufton said:

I am excited and proud to be joining Moorfields Eye Charity as chief executive.  Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology are world leading institutions at the forefront of the fight against visual impairment.  I look forward to leading the MEC team in providing the strongest possible support to that ground-breaking work.

Robert will succeed Moorfields Eye Charity’s interim chief executive, Geoff Gibbs, who will leave the charity as planned in early 2017 after a period of handover.  Commenting on Geoff’s contribution, Mervyn Walker said:

On behalf of the trustees, I would like to thank Geoff Gibbs for all his hard work as interim chief executive, including his successful leadership of the project to merge Moorfields Eye Charity and the Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital, which has created the right platform for future success.