Orbis Board Members

Orbis is fortunate to have dedicated board members who are committed to helping us fulfil our mission.


Peter Hickson MA FCA Chairman, UK 
Peter Hickson has been Chairman since 2015, having joined the board in 2008. For three years he was also a board member and Treasurer of Orbis International in New York. During an extensive international business career, he has been a director of over a dozen international public companies including the chairmanship of four of them. Major roles included being Finance Director of Powergen from 1996 until 2002 and Chairman of Anglian Water until 2009.

He is also a trustee of Sonoro Music.


Sir Michael Arthur 
Sir Michael Arthur was a career diplomat until 2010, with roles including three years as British Ambassador to Germany, four years as High Commissioner in India and time in Washington, Paris, Kinshasa and Brussels. His time in India deepened his interest in development issues. He is now the President of Boeing, Europe, overseeing and running operations across the UK and the continent. 

Michael joined the Orbis UK board in 2011.

Larry Benjamin FRCS (Ed), FRCOphth, DO

Larry Benjamin is consultant ophthalmologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire and has been an Orbis medical volunteer since 2004. With special interests in cataract and diabetic retinopathy management, he has also served on the ophthalmic committee of the Royal Society of Medicine, published a number of scientific papers and two books. He is Chair of the microsurgical skills committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and currently the President of United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. In March 2016, Larry received the Care Service Provider trophy at the Charity Staff and Volunteer Awards, for his work improving access to eye care services across the globe.

Larry joined the Orbis UK board in 2008.

Michael Boyd
Michael Boyd holds a degree in Commerce from University College Dublin and is a Barrister at Law. He has also studied at the Harvard and London Business Schools. Most of his working life has been spent providing economic advice to developing countries.

Michael joined the Orbis UK board in 2010 and also sits on the board of Orbis Ireland.

Christopher (Kit) Braden
Kit Braden is a director of L’Occitane Limited. Since starting his business career with De La Rue in the 1960s, he has developed a number of privately held manufacturing businesses with factories in Europe, Asia and USA. Kit has supported Orbis projects, through the L’Occitane Foundation, for over 12 years.

Kit joined the Orbis UK board in 2013.

Bruce Buck
Bruce Buck is Of Counsel in the London office of international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and responsible for a broad array of transactions in the corporate and financial areas. He has been practicing law in Europe since 1983.

Bruce joined the Orbis UK board in 1997.

Tony Cowles
Tony Cowles has served in senior managerial positions for a number of airlines and travel services companies. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Marketors.

Tony joined the Orbis UK board in 2002.

James (Jim) D. Forbes 
Jim Forbes is Vice Chairman of UBS Group, Americas. Prior to joining UBS, Jim was head of Global Principal Investments for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, managing the bank’s equity interests in various high profile investments. During Jim’s 18 year tenure with Merrill Lynch he held leadership roles including Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking and Head of Asia Pacific Investment Banking in Hong Kong.

Jim joined the Orbis UK board in 2014 and also sits on the board of Orbis International.

Rob Pinchbeck 
Rob has 40 years of international experience in the oil industry, principally in BP and Petrofac, where he founded and led the Operations Services division.  He holds degrees in engineering and business and has lived and worked in UAE, Scotland, California, Australia, Texas and (finally) England.  

He is an advisor to Energy Growth Momentum, a private equity fund, and serves as a Trustee of RAFT, a UK medical research charity. Rob joined the board of Orbis UK in September 2017.

Christine Tomkins BSc(Hons), MBChB(Hons), DO, FRCS, FRCOphth, MBA, FFFLM, FRCP
Christine Tomkins is the Chief Executive of the Medical Defence Union (MDU) and has been a registered medical practitioner for 36 years. She has a proven record of sustained leadership and achievement. Dr Tomkins was a trustee of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers’ Charity until 2010, and she was chair from 2004 to 2009.

Christine joined the Orbis UK board in 2011.

Charles Vyvyan
After Balliol College, Oxford Charles Vyvyan spent 35 years in the Army in a variety of operational command and staff appointments throughout the world. Since he retired in 2000 he has worked as a strategic adviser to a number of government and commercial organisations.

Charles joined the Orbis UK board in 2008 and also sits on the board of Orbis International.

Robert F Walters 
FRCS, FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth. Rob Walters is a consultant ophthalmologist, working in the National Health Service (NHS) for over 30 years and an Orbis medical volunteer since 1994. Rob has played key roles in numerous UK eye health organisations and authored three books on the causes and treatment of blindness.

Rob joined the Orbis UK board in June 2003 and served as chairman from 2008-2015. In 2014, he was honoured with the title of Trustee of the Year at the Charity Staff and Volunteer Awards, for his dedication to improving eye health globally. Rob is also an Orbis International Emeritus and sits on the board of Orbis Africa.

Nigel Young
Nigel Young trained with KPMG in London and has been Finance Director of several UK public companies. In addition to a degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham, he also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science. Nigel is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Chemring Group PLC and Non-Executive Chairman of P2i Limited.

Nigel joined the Orbis UK board in 2012.