Peter Hickson MA FCA
Peter Hickson is chairman of Communisis plc and senior independent director of Coalfield Resources plc. He has served leading roles in several high profile UK companies including Scottish Power, Powergen, Marconi Corporation and RAC plc.
Peter joined the Orbis UK board in 2008 and was appointed chairman in 2015.
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
Programme Committee Chair, UK
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. In March 2016, Larry recieved 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.
Audit Committee Chair, UK
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 and Orbis International.
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 is a partner 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 has served in managerial positions for a number of airlines and travel services companies worldwide. He is also a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Marketors.
Tony joined the Orbis UK board in 2002.
Maurice Cox M.Phil, FRCSI
Maurice Cox studied medicine at Trinity College, Ireland and Skeletal Biology at Cambridge University, working in local hospitals at both locations. In 1999, he joined the management consulting firm McKinsey and became a junior partner, working with the global health care practice. Maurice later cofounded The Well, a primary health care business in Dublin.
Maurice joined the Orbis UK board in 2004 and is chairman of Orbis Ireland.
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.
Dr Gullapalli ‘Nag’ Rao MD
Dr Rao returned to India in 1986 to establish L V Prasad Eye Institute, one of the world’s leading eye research hospitals, after a successful career in the United States as an academic ophthalmologist. Dr Rao has specialised in diseases of the cornea, eye banking and corneal transplantation, community eye health, eye care policy and planning. Dr Rao is currently a board member of the Brien Holden Vision Institute and continues to be actively involved in global and national advocacy for eye care development.
Dr Rao joined the Orbis UK board in 2014.
Melanie Richards is a Corporate Finance Partner and member of the UK Board of KPMG. Melanie established a Debt Advisory business at KPMG which is now regarded as one of the market’s leading and most highly respected teams. She is also a trustee of The Eve Appeal which funds research into the detection and prediction of gynaecological cancers, and a governor of Eastbourne College.
Melanie joined the Orbis UK board in 2010.
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 30 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.
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.
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 honored with the title of Trustee of the Year at the Chairty Staff and Volunteer Awards, for his dedication to improving eye health globally. Rob is also an Orbis International Emeritus and is chairman of Orbis Africa.
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. His strong interest in corporate sustainability and social responsibility has led to a growing involvement in charitable activities focused on development and the relief of poverty.
Nigel joined the Orbis UK Board in 2012 and the board of Orbis Africa in 2014.