Kevin Carey has announced that he will stand down as chair of RNIB and the charity’s board has appointed the vice chair to succeed him.
At a board meeting last week trustees appointed Ellie Southwood, who has been a trustee of RNIB since 2010, to take over from Carey later this year. She has been blind since birth. She is a local councillor in Brent, North West London and has worked in the public, commercial and charity sectors, including recruitment for senior roles and consultancy for organisations going through change.
Carey has been chair since 2009 and will work with Southwood over the next few months “to ensure a smooth transition”, the charity said. In recent essay for NPC, Carey said that RNIB was planning to move to a unitary board structure.
Southwood said: “I’m thrilled to be the next chair of RNIB. This is an organisation with great staff and volunteers who come to work every day to support our blind and partially sighted customers, and their families and friends.”
“I’m excited about our future and look forward to working with Kevin to ensure that we are able to continue to reach more people with the information and support they need.”
Recruiting a chief executive
Southwood added that: “One of our first tasks will be to recruit a permanent chief executive to lead RNIB through its next phase.”
Lesley Anne Alexander retired as chief executive after 12 years in the role in October last year. Since then Sally Harvey has been acting chief executive. Harvey has held a number of senior roles at the charity, most recently as managing director of RNIB Places.