Orbis board members

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

Chairman:

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 1996-2002 and Chairman of Anglian Water until 2009.

He is also a trustee of Sonoro Music.

Trustees:

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 and is currently Programme Committee Chair.

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 the former partner in charge of the European offices of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, an international law firm. He is currently Chairman of Chelsea Football Club Limited and also Senior Independent Director of Petropavlovsk plc‎, a Russian gold miner.

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.

Yvette Dunne MA FCA
Yvette Dunne graduated in Mathematics and Computation from St Hugh’s College, Oxford and then trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. After 15 years in financial management roles in the banking and recruitment industries, Yvette spent 10 years as a CFO in the not-for-profit sector most recently at St John’s School, an independent charity. She currently advises schools and charities on compliance and risk management and works as an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Nicola Floyd

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

Nicola joined the Orbis UK board in September 2017.

Patricia Moller

Patricia joined the State Department, following 10 years as an investment banker and tax shelter specialist with Smith Barney. Her first diplomatic assignment was to the consular section in Munich. After that she served in a number of different roles in Madras, Washington DC, Belgrade, Yerevan and Tbilisi.

Ambassador Moller served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea from 2009-2012. She also served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi from 2006-2009 as well as Charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassies for the Kingdom of Morocco and Romania.

Patricia joined the Orbis UK board in November 2017 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 July 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.

Catharina Waller

Catharina Waller is a Trade Mark and Patent Attorney at the law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite 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.

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 and is currently Audit Committee Chair.