Jenny Pearce BEM

Jenny Pearce has been a Trustee of Thomas Pocklington Trust since the end of 2012. She is the Deputy Chairman and also chairs the Research and Policy Sub-Committee.

She is a qualified social worker who worked for some 40 years in health and social care before retiring from her role as Chief Executive of Vista (the charity which works to improve the lives of people with sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland) in 2012. Whilst at Vista she was Deputy Chair of Visionary and also led successful implementation of the UK Vision Strategy in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Since her retirement she has continued her involvement in health and social care through a number of voluntary roles: she is a Vice Chair of Vision UK and past chair of the Vision UK Rehabilitation and Low Vision Committee which developed the Adult UK Eye Health and Sight Loss Pathway; she is a Governor of the RNIB College, Loughborough and a Trustee of Homefield College in Leicestershire for people on the autistic spectrum and people with learning disabilities.

She lives in Rutland with her husband and they have one grown-up son. She helps to run a local classical music society and is involved in the Good Neighbour Scheme in her home village. She also enjoys pottering in her garden and activities with the local wildlife trust when she has a little free time.

Jenny was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the RNIB in 2013 and the British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2015.