Board of Trustees
Vision for a Nation’s Trustees are legally responsible for the charity, its assets and activities. They form the Board of Trustees, which is the governing body of Vision for a Nation Foundation.
John Rhodes (Chair)
John is a Director of Stonehage Law Ltd and joined the company in 2008 from Macfarlanes where he was Head of the Private Client Department from 2000 to 2005. John joined Macfarlanes in 1968 and became a partner in 1975. John is a member of STEP and of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including the Villa D’Este Private Client Forum which he helped devise and chaired for its first five years. John graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge.
James is the Managing Director of Legacy Advisors Ltd, a single family office based in Hong Kong, and is also the Founder of the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, which has supported over 170 education initiatives in Mainland China, Hong Kong and West Africa. James has played a leading role in the development of Bring Me A Book Hong Kong, an NGO promoting childhood literacy, and the Feng Zikai Children’s Picture Book Award, which promotes original Chinese language children’s picture books. James has a degree in Behavioural Science from the University of Chicago, and received an Honorary Fellowship from Lingnan University in recognition of his career achievements and contributions to the community.
Catherine is a senior communications, reputation and public affairs expert. In her previous role she was Director of Corporate Affairs for Paddy Power where she was responsible for devising and implementing the corporate and financial communications strategy, including media relations, public affairs and Corporate Responsibility. Prior to that Catherine was a Director at Brunswick Group, the international corporate communications agency. She started her career in the UK Foreign Office where she worked on a range of crisis situations, including post-conflict issues and the Balkans. Catherine has a BA in Modern History from Merton College Oxford and an MA from the Courtauld Institute.
Arnold is a retired former Chief Executive of Ecobank and United Bank for Africa, two of Africa’s leading financial institutions. He previously established and headed Citibank’s Structured and Corporate Finance business in sub-Saharan Africa, and was a partner with Capital Alliance, West Africa’s leading private equity firm. Arnold has led several landmark initiatives and transaction for major South African banks and assisted African companies and governments in accessing financing on the Euromarkets. Arnold holds a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Alex is founder and Chairman of SandAire, a full service multi-family office. Prior to this he held roles in financial strategic communications and had worked for his family’s long-established insurance business, Provincial Insurance. Alex is a Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate and the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust (the family foundation, which is particularly active in Cumbria, England). He is a Governor of Queen Margaret’s School, York. Alex read Politics Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and holds an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne.
Paul Tomasic joined the Royal Bank of Canada in November 2014 as Head of Healthcare in Europe. Paul was previously at Citi, where he most recently led their healthcare investment banking in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Working within the healthcare sector since 2000, Paul has also held positions at L.E.K. Consulting (Life Sciences) and UBS’ healthcare team. Paul qualified for the New York State bar having obtained his law degree from the London School of Economics. He also trained as an accountant at Arthur Andersen after having obtained a degree from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business (magna cum laude).
Senior Management Team
Our Senior Management Team is responsible for executing the Foundation’s strategic direction and supporting the implementation of its programmes.
Tony has managed a variety of private, public and not-for-profit organisations having started his career in the British Army and Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He has been part of the founding team of two successful SME start-ups and advised private sector clients including Lockheed Martin, Malawi Mangoes and Insinger de Beaufort. In the international development sector, he has set up Programme teams and offices in Somalia, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and was Head of Programmes for DFID Southern Afghanistan.
Head of Finance and Operations
Bethan is a qualified accountant with a BSc in International Politics and over 12 years’ professional experience. More than six of those years have been spent working in global health and international development non-profit organisations, both in the UK and in Africa. Bethan has experience of managing large teams and high value, complex donor funding.
Rwanda Country Director
Abdallah has over 8 years’ programme cycle and financial management experience in public health. From 2010 to 2012 Abdallah worked as Finance and Administration Manager for the Fred Hollows Foundation in Rwanda and Burundi. Prior to this, Abdallah worked for Global Fund Projects in Rwanda. Abdallah holds an MBA and MA in Public Health from Kampala University.
Senior Programme Staff
Senior PEC Education and Training Manager
Pacifique has 8 years' experience in health programmes. From 2009 to 2012 Pacifique worked in a District Hospital as Ophthalmic Clinical Officer and Primary Eye care Trainer. She has also worked as a Nurse in a District Hospital. Pacifique holds an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Ophthalmology.
Project Finance and Administration
Evode has over 8 year experience in different industries, including banking and telecommunications. Evode worked as a deputy financial controller at Millicom International Cellular (Tigo Rwanda). Prior to this Evode worked for the Kenya Commercial Bank. Evode hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting and he is pursuing professional courses in accounting (ACCA).
M&E Data Analyst
Chance Pascal has over 7 years’ experience working as a data manager in health centres across Rwanda. Chance holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Institute of Agriculture and Technology of Kibungo.
Dr John Nkurikiye
Dr John Nkurikiye has acted as the charity’s Medical Advisor since 2012. He trained as a comprehensive Ophthalmic Surgeon at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and is a Fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists of South Africa. Dr John is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Medical Director at Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital and Chairman of the Rwanda Ophthalmology Society.
Seb has over 17 years’ experience working for the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, NGOs and the Department for International Development (DFID). From 2003 to 2013, Seb worked in various posts across DFID including as Advisor for Education Innovations, Senior Communications Officer and Programme Lead for Vaccines and Innovative Financing. Seb holds a BA in English Literature from Oxford University and an MA in Development Management from the Open University.
Sebastian has worked in the non-profit sector for over 9 years. Prior to joining Vision for a Nation, Sebastian coordinated and managed aspects of various international philanthropic initiatives, including the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation and the Feng Zikai Children’s Picture Book Award in Asia. He was also involved with Adaptive Eyewear, a UK social enterprise that distributed adjustable glasses to development and aid organisations. Sebastian has an MA in Politics from the University of Edinburgh.
Marcia worked as an ophthalmic nurse in West and Central Africa for 16 years. She later joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, initially as a Research Fellow in 2002 as part of a team evaluating national trachoma programmes in eight countries worldwide. Marcia is now a Lecturer in the Public Health and Eye Care MSc and manages the VISION 2020 LINKS Programme which matches UK training institutions with tertiary higher education institutions overseas (mainly in Africa) to build eye care capacity.