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RNIB makes Sally Harvey permanent chief executive

24 Oct 2017 News

Sally Harvey, chief executive, RNIB

RNIB has announced that its acting chief executive, Sally Harvey, has been appointed on a permanent basis.

Harvey has been RNIB’s acting chief executive since October 2016, following the retirement of Lesley-Anne Alexander, and has held other senior leadership roles at the charity since joining in 2009.

Previously, she was acting chief executive and director of housing at Abbeyfield Society and director of resident services at the Peabody Trust.

Harvey said: “I’m honoured to be trusted with this important role. We are at a turning point, RNIB is changing and we will continue to adapt and modernise our approach.

“Alongside our community, supporters and partners, we are working to ensure that being blind or partially sighted isn’t a barrier, everyone with sight loss can live their life with confidence and the eye health of generations to come is prioritised.”

Eleanor Southwood, recently appointed as RNIB’s chair, said: “On behalf of the board of trustees, I would like to congratulate Sally on her appointment as our new chief executive.

“Blind and partially sighted people face significant barriers to inclusion in society. In Sally’s appointment we have someone who will work with our community to tackle this head on.”

When she was appointed acting chief executive last year, Harvey replaced Lesley-Anne Alexander, who had been leading the charity for 12 years.

In the summer Southwood was announced as the charity's next chair, taking over from Kevin Carey who had been chair since 2009. 


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