“Croydon Vision has helped my daughter build her confidence and make new friends” – Rachel

Trustees

Frances Cullen

Frances Cullen

Chair & Volunteer Rep

I have been a Trustee for some 12 years and am currently the Chair of the Board. I first came to Croydon Vision as a Fitness Tutor, some 20 years ago.  I have always been a fitness and sport enthusiast, having been a Gymnast and represented my country in competition in my teenage years.  These days I play tennis at the local Selsdon Tennis Club and enjoy watching most sports.  I was born and brought up in Swansea and am very proud of my Welsh heritage.  

I have lived in South Croydon for the last 45 years and am proud to be involved in the running of Croydon Vision. I see my role as ensuring we practise good governance, maintain financial viability whilst working within the stated aims of Croydon Vision.   

Richard Wragg

Richard Wragg

Vice Chair, Building Management

I first became involved with Croydon Vision 7 years ago as chair of Bedford Hall Trust. Following the merger of the Trust and Croydon Vision as one entity, I joined the board of the new charity as Vice Chair.  
 
As more people develop some form of sight loss, I believe Croydon Vision has an important role in helping people to lead independent and fulfilling lives, including continuing working. The organisation offers people a wide range of support to promote independence, route to employment or volunteering and leisure activities  
 
We aim to continue to expand the range and quality of services and activities offered to members. An important aspect of this will be substantial improvements to the buildings; to promote greater accessibility. 

Alexey (Asher) Persits

Alexey (Asher) Persits

Treasurer

I am a finance professional working in a development bank in the City of London, and have been living in London for the past eight years. I recently joined Croydon Vision because I want to be an active member in and contribute to my local community, and to use my professional skills to help the continued provision of much needed local services.

Croydon Vision has a long history and an inspiring mission. As Treasurer, I hope to assist Croydon Vision to continue growing whilst maintaining financial viability. As part of my aspirations, I would like to ensure that financial planning takes a long-term view and is robust and transparent.

Dhruvin Patel

Dhruvin Patel

Business Development Trustee
I am an optometrist and entrepreneur encouraging a healthier relationship with technology in the digital age. Since I received a development grant from City University in London, I have built my company Ocushield into an internationally distributed. I have been featured in Forbes, The Guardian and The Telegraph as well as a finalist for Health Tech Founder 2018 Tech Founder Awards.

I am pleased to be joining Croydon Vision as someone who grew up locally, I wanted to give back to an organisation which is making a positive impact on peoples lives. My background in optometry and business will hopefully allow me to execute the tasks required as the business development trustee which in turn will mean improved services for members and continued growth for the charity.

Ketan Jadeja

Ketan Jadeja

Health & Social Care Trustee
I am very excited to be joining the board of Trustees and very much looking forward to the year ahead.

I am currently the glaucoma principal optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital at CUH and also work as an independent prescriber specialist optometrist at Day Lewis Opticians in Addiscombe, Croydon. My main area of expertise is glaucoma and one of my aims is to raise awareness of glaucoma in the community and help to reduce blind registrations.

I live and work in Croydon and working with the local community, in an area that I am very passionate about will be rewarding. With the team, I hope to make a difference in the lives of people with sight loss and aim to reach out to even more people in the wider community; raising awareness of the options and support mechanisms that are available to them.

Swarna Pillai

Swarna Pillai

HR and Development Trustee

I feel privileged to be joining Croydon Vision as an HR Trustee. Previously, in my HR roles I have worked across different areas including organisational development, learning and development, employee engagement and HR strategy & policies.

I am an Engineer-turned- HR professional and have always desired to make a difference through my work. I resonate with the charity’s work of contributing to the lives of people with visual impairment. I see my role at Croydon Vision as an opportunity to draw from my HR experience and apply these skills to provide overall direction and contribute to the charity’s governance. My vision for Croydon Vision is greater outreach and community engagement. I am from India and proud of my roots. I love animals, dancing and badminton.

Jamie Henderson

Jamie Henderson

Legal Trustee

I am a lawyer who has worked in the legal profession for a number of years. This is my first trustee appointment and I am honoured to have been appointed.

I joined to help the charity continue the great work that it does. I will use my breadth of experience to ensure that the charity continues to have robust governance and achieves all of the goals set out in its strategic plan – including helping the charity increase its reach and accessibility. I am also looking forward to helping a charity based in an area which I have many ties to.

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