Our board of trustees




Mervyn Williamson, Chair of the Board

Mervyn is the Chair of the Board of Trustees. As a Chartered Accountant he has served TPT as Finance Trustee since 2006 and has been instrumental in reshaping the commercial side of the charity. Mervyn is UK Managing Director and Officer of Travel and Transport Inc as well as Treasurer and Executive Director of the Business Travel Association.

 

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Jenny Pearce, Deputy Chair of the Board

Jenny has been a Trustee of TPT since 2012, and is Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is Vice Chair of Vision UK and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the RNIB in 2013 and the British Empire Medal in 2015.

 

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Alastair Chapman

Alastair was appointed as a Trustee of TPT in December 2008. He has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial surveyor in the City of London and works for a leading City property consultancy firm. Alastair also serves on TPT’s Governance and Resources Committee.

 

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Graham Findlay

Graham was appointed a TPT Trustee in July 2017. After being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at 22, he began working for the Grampian Society for the Blind, where he later returned as Chief Executive. He is a Trustee of Visionary and Vision UK. Graham has worked as Chief Executive of North East Sensory Services, an independent local charity and the first integrated joint sensory service in Scotland, since 2009.


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Judith Potts

Judith Potts is the founder of Esme’s Umbrella that campaigns and raises awareness of Charles Bonnet Syndrome.  She was appointed a trustee at TPT in December 2019.



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Matt Wadsworth

Matt was the first blind student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He went on to study the lute at the Royal Academy of Music where he received the London Student of the Year award. Matt developed the app Goodfoodtalks which makes restaurant menus accessible to blind and partially sighted people. He was appointed a TPT Trustee in March 2017.


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Phil Longworth

Phil was appointed as a Trustee of TPT in November 2016. Phil has worked as Chief Executive of Bradbury Fields, which provides rehabilitation, information and advocacy services to blind and partially sighted people in Merseyside.  He is also a member of the management board of the Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness.


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Raj Mehta

Raj Mehta joined the board in December 2019 and, before his retirement, was a commercially-focused experienced procurement and IT business leader with an excellent track record of delivering business results.

 

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Rodney Powell MBE

Rodney Powell has been a TPT Trustee since 1983 and was Chair of the Board of Trustees until September 2019. Thomas Pocklington was Rodney’s great uncle and he is following in the footsteps of other family members who were instrumental in the founding and running of TPT. Rodney has been particularly involved in the management of the investment property portfolio – its continued success is the basis for TPT’s work to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

 

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Charles Colquhoun, Chief Executive Officer

Charles joined TPT in 2016 as Director of Resources and was appointed Chief Executive in 2018. He was previously Head of Corporate Finance at Post Office, Chair of Post Office Healthcare Trust and Treasurer for the Greater London Fund for the Blind (now called Vision Foundation). He graduated from Leeds University and is CIMA qualified.