Board of Trustees

We rely on people with enthusiasm and expertise to ensure that we deliver on our commitment to blind and partially sighted people.

Rodney Powell

Rodney Powell

Rodney Powell has been a TPT Trustee since 1983 and has been Chairman since 1992. 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, as a qualified chartered surveyor, has been particularly involved in the management of its property portfolio, maintaining its faithfulness to Thomas Pocklington’s vision for the charity.

Alastair Chapman

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.

Graham Findlay

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. Graham was appointed Chairman of Visionary in March 2017, and he is also a Trustee of the Scottish Council on Deafness, and a lead for the Scottish Government’s See Hear strategy.

Jenny Pearce

Jenny Pearce

Jenny has been a Trustee of TPT since the end of 2012, she is the Deputy Chair and chairs the Evidence and Advocacy Committee. She is a Trustee of Vision UK and chairs the Early Intervention and Enablement Committee, which developed the Adult UK Eye Health and Sight Loss Pathway. Jenny was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the RNIB in 2013 and the British Empire Medal in 2015.

Marsha de Cordova

Marsha de Cordova

Marsha was born with nystagmus. She initially worked for Action for Blind People and then for Turn2us as a Welfare Benefit Specialist, before joining TPT in 2014. At TPT, Marsha set up South East London Vision, where she was CEO, and she was later appointed as TPT’s Director of Engagement and Advocacy. Marsha was appointed as a TPT Trustee in July 2017 and became MP for Battersea in June 2017.

Phil Longworth

Phil Longworth

Phil became Chief Executive of Age Concern St Helens in 1998 and Chief Executive of Bradbury Fields in 2013, having previously managed Christopher Grange Visual Rehabilitation Centre and RNIB’s Northern Regional Employment Service. Phil was appointed as a Trustee of TPT in November 2016. He also serves as a Trustee of Visionary and is Chair of the Merseyside Vision Consortium.

Mervyn Williamson

Mervyn Williamson

Mervyn is UK Managing Director of Travel and Transport Statesman with primary responsibility for the commercial programme, as well an Executive Director of the Guild of Travel Management Companies. Mervyn has been the Finance Trustee of TPT since 2005 and is the Chair of the Governance and Resources Committee.

Matt Wadsworth

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, in recognition of his work on the development of Braille lute tablature. Matt has developed the app Goodfoodtalks which makes restaurant menus accessible to blind and visually impaired people. He was appointed a TPT Trustee in March 2017.