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.
Mervyn is the Chair of the Board of Trustees. He has served as Finance Trustee since 2006 and has been instrumental in reshaping the commercial side of the charity. He is UK Managing Director of Travel and Transport Statesman with primary responsibility for the commercial programme, as well as being Treasurer and Executive Director of the Guild of Travel Management Companies.
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 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 of 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.
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.
Jenny has been a Trustee of TPT since the end of 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.
Marsha de Cordova
Marsha was born with nystagmus. She joined TPT in 2014 and set up South East London Vision, where she was CEO. She was later appointed as TPT’s Director of Engagement and Advocacy. Marsha became MP for Battersea in June 2017 and was appointed as a TPT Trustee in July 2017.
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 on Merseyside, since 2013. He is also a member of the management board of the Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sir James Pickthorn
Sir James Pickthorn Bt brings a wealth of experience in property development to the board, which he joined in December 2019. James established Pickthorn Estate Agent and Chartered Surveyors.