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 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, four of them as Chairman. Major roles included Finance Director of Powergen from 1996–2002 and Chairman of Anglian Water until 2009.

He is also a trustee of Sonoro Music.

Trustees:

Rob Pinchbeck
Deputy Chairman, UK

Rob has 40 years of international experience in the oil industry, principally in BP and Petrofac, where in 2002 he founded and led the Operations Services division. He has previously served as a Trustee of UK medical research charity RAFT and as non-executive director on a number of private company boards. He is currently a director of Enteq Upstream plc and chairman of SLR Technologies Ltd. and holds degrees in engineering (Imperial College, London) and business (Stanford, California).

Rob joined the Board of Orbis UK in July 2017.

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 United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is the President-Elect 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 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 in the field of international trade.

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

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
Designated Trustee for Safeguarding, UK

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 school charity. She currently advises schools and charities on compliance and risk management.

Yvette joined the Orbis UK Board in December 2017.

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 as well as holding 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. As well, she 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.

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 2008 and also sits on the Board of Orbis International.

Catharina Waller

Catharina Waller is a Senior Trade Mark 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.

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 since1994. 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 chair 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 also served as Chairman of the Boards of Orbis International in New York and Orbis Africa and remains an Emeritus member of both of these Boards.

Nigel Young
Audit Committee Chair, UK

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.

Nick Fox

Nick Fox has over thirty years of international experience in creative communications, based out of London, LA and Tokyo. His experience encompasses all sectors from fast-moving consumer goods, finance, publishing, charity and the automotive industry. Nick has managed teams, budgets and agency networks to increase consumer demand to drive brand value.

In 2013 Nick started his own Agency with four partners, Atomic London. He is also a partner in Blackwood 7, an innovative independent AI platform, based out of Denmark that delivers automated media plans across all geographies and channels.

Nick joined the Orbis UK Board in January 2020.