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Larry Benjamin, one of the Orbis trustees, wearing a grey suit, speaks into a microphone at a lectern

Orbis board members

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

Chairman:

Nick Fox
Chairman, UK

Nick Fox has over thirty years of national and international experience in creative communications, based out of London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Nick sat on the worldwide board for DDB, an Omnicom Agency Network based in New York. His experience encompasses all sectors from fast-moving consumer goods, finance, publishing, charity and the automotive industry. Nick has managed teams, budgets and international agency networks to increase consumer demand to drive brand value for some of the world’s biggest brands. In 2013 Nick started his own Independent Agency with four partners, Atomic London of which he is now chair.

Nick joined the board of Orbis UK in January 2020 and was appointed Chairman in March 2022.


Trustees:

Catharina Waller

Catharina Waller is a senior trademark and patent attorney at the law firm Bates Wells and has over 10 years' experience working in the intellectual property (IP) law sector. She frequently works with both charities and commercial companies on IP matters. She has a degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College, as well as a degree in intellectual property management.

Catharina joined the Orbis UK Board in July 2017.


Charles Vyvyan


After Oxford University, 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 June 2008 and also sits on the board of Orbis International.


Sir Dominic Asquith
Nominations Committee Chair, UK


After a number of years as a political analyst, teacher, journalist and traveller in the Middle East, Dominic Asquith joined the British diplomatic service in 1983. He served in the Americas, South Asia and returned frequently to the Middle East. He was Ambassador successively in Iraq, Egypt and Libya between 2006 and 2012. After retiring in 2013, he was recalled to government service as High Commissioner in India from 2016 to 2020. He is currently a Partner in Macro Advisory Partners, which provides independent, long-term strategic counsel to decision-makers in business and government.

Dominic joined the Orbis UK board in October 2020.


Fiona Hobbs


Fiona trained and qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters and has over 30 years experience (25 as a partner) of developing major infrastructure and energy projects both in the UK and in emerging markets. She has held a number of senior management and governance roles within the firm as well as spending six years as its global head of diversity and inclusion. She is a lay member of the Lord Chancellor‘s advisory committee.

Fiona joined the Orbis UK board in December 2021.


Larry Benjamin FRCS (Ed),FRCOphth, DO
Programme Committee Chair, UK


Larry Benjamin was a consultant ophthalmologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire for 30 years (recently retired) 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 was, until December 2018, chair of the microsurgical skills committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and is the immediate past president of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is the president of the ophthalmic section of the Royal Society of Medicine. 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 November 2008.


Mona Khan


Mona Khan, MD has over 25 years of clinical and surgical experience as an Ophthalmologist. Her private practice was located in downtown Chicago and she was on the staff of Mercy Hospital for over 20 years. At Mercy, she was the principal Comprehensive Ophthalmologist at the Mercy Family Health Clinic, a federally funded clinic whose mission was to treat the most vulnerable and socio-economically disadvantaged residents from Chicago’s south side.

She retired from Ophthalmology to move to London in 2020 with her husband and daughter. Mona is also a member of the Harwell Operating Company Board of Directors. Harwell is a leading science and innovation campus based in Oxfordshire.

Mona joined the Orbis UK board in December 2021.


Nicola Floyd


Nicola worked in investment banking in London, Hong Kong, Bangkok and New York for more than 10 years. She worked as a consultant to Operation Fistula for two years. She is currently CEO of Water Harvest and also sits on the board of the Edenbeg Charitable Trust. She has a degree in economic history from Edinburgh University, is a CFA charter holder, and holds other financial and regulatory qualifications.

Nicola joined the Orbis UK Board in September 2017.


Patricia Moller


Following a highly awarded 25+ year career with the US Department of State, Patricia ended her government service to return to the private sector. Through her consultancy, Moller Global LLC, she has advised Fortune 500 corporations, start-ups, IFIs and governments. Presently, Patricia chairs the board of West Africa LNG Group and The Baara Hospital. She also serves on a number of other boards.

Patricia joined the board of Orbis UK in November of 2017. She 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 initially joined Orbis as a volunteer surgeon in 1994. He then joined the Orbis UK board in June 2003 and served as chair from 2008-2015. In 2014, he was honoured with the title ‘Trustee of the Year’ at the Charity Staff and Volunteer Awards for his dedication to improving eye health globally. Rob also served as chairman of the boards of Orbis International in New York and Orbis Africa, and he remains an emeritus member of the Orbis International Board. He is currently Chairman, Orbis in the Middle East.

Rob joined the Orbis UK Board in June 2003.


Sian Block
Designated Trustee for Safeguarding, UK


Sian has over 30 years’ experience in many areas of healthcare, both nationally and internationally. These include the independent sector, the NHS, the Department of Health and Social Care, voluntary sector organisations, Charities and Resuscitation Councils (UK and European). 

A strategic thinker with proven leadership skills who upholds the highest standards of conduct and professional integrity, Sian has a vision and passion for healthcare and its provision.

Sian joined the Orbis UK board in June 2020.


Sophia Pathai MBBS MSc PhD MRCOphth


Sophia Pathai is an ophthalmologist by training. She worked in the NHS and subsequently as a clinician scientist undertaking research at the International Centre for Eye Health, based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Her passion for global health was ignited during her tenure as a Staff Ophthalmologist on the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital in 2009. She has been appointed to global medical leadership roles at companies such as Roche, AbbVie, and Johnson & Johnson, and currently works in venture capital with a focus and passion for investments at the intersection of healthcare and technology.

She gained her BSc and medical degree from University College London, and her MSc and PhD were awarded by LSHTM.

Sophia joined the Orbis UK board in December 2021.


Yvette Dunne MA FCA
Audit Committee Chair, UK


Yvette Dunne trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. After 15 years in financial management roles in the banking and recruitment industries, Yvette spent ten years as a CFO in the not-for-profit sector, and she currently advises schools and charities on compliance and risk management.

Yvette joined the Orbis UK Board in December 2017.


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