Elaine Styles – Trustee – Chair – An Optometrist who works at Moorfields Eye Hospital and in private practice. She first started working with homeless people through the Crisis Christmas in 1997. In 2003 she joined together with 3 other optometrists to start running a clinic at Crisis Skylight which was the start of VCHP. She has been chair since 2009.
Stephen Jacobs OBE – Trustee – Vice Chair – background is in regeneration work. Stephen was Director of Community Relations for the successful London 2012 Olympic Bid Team and a Neighbourhood Renewal Advisor for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He has held a number of senior and non executive positions in Housing, Health, Social Care and Employment. He is also visiting Professor at the Universities of Coventry and London South Bank.
Harinder Singh Paul – Trustee – An Optometrist who works part time in private practice and an Entrepreneur with various business interests. He was first inspired to create the charity in 2002 during his travels to the poor townships in South Africa. In January 2003 he created a team to bring his idea into reality and in September 2003 VCHP was born.
Janice English – Trustee – PR – A career in journalism and PR, with specialist knowledge of the optical sector, leaves Janice well-placed to promote the activities of the charity. Engaging optical companies and other institutions to support this valuable work, Janice also keeps the profile of fund raising and news in the headlines.
Jill Lambert – Trustee – Chair of Birmingham sub-committee – Jill is a former librarian, who has held senior positions in several universities, most recently at Aston University in Birmingham. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau.
Harjit Sandhu – Trustee – Operations – He has worked in a variety of clinical, policy and operational roles across community practice, the hospital service, the third sector and international clinical trials. He has special interests in policy analysis, health systems and integrated care. He has an MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management and he brings a wide range of practical, clinical and public health skills to the role.
Sybil Lavin – Trustee – Chair of Manchester sub-committee – Brings a wealth of volunteering experience and her. Current roles include assisting and supporting undefended litigants through the court process at Manchester Civil Justice Court, volunteer adviser at Trafford Citizen’s Advice Bureau; advising clients on welfare, benefits and housing and accommodation matters at Cornerstone Day Centre for the Homeless, and Governor for Safeguarding and welfare at Manchester Academy.
Robert Greene – Trustee – Treasurer – An accountant who currently leads the Centra Care & Support finance team, a registered charity and a division of Circle Housing Group. Robert has significant experience advising SME’s on commercial and corporate finance issues including cash flow analysis, general financing requirements and mergers and acquisitions. Robert joined the Board in 2014 as Trustee Treasurer.
Charanjit Bharj – Trustee – Legal – A solicitor who qualified in 1999 and is currently a partner in a Central London law firm.  His areas of practice include employment, company commercial, landlord and tenant, commercial property, general litigation, residential conveyancing, wills and probate and various private client matters.
Will Pearce – Admin Officer – has been working as the VCHP administrator since October 2010. Having spent a number of years working as an office manager for an independent film festival he decided to seek more meaningful employment within the third sector, focusing on organizations supporting homeless groups. He also works part-time for an organization, which runs a network of community cinemas for homeless and marginalized people.
Rekha Gore – Birmingham clinic manager -An optometrist who specialises in refractive laser surgery and intra-ocular lens implants. She currently works with private and NHS patients while supervising newly qualified and Pre registration optometrists. She first volunteered for Vision Care for Homeless People in 2009 and became the Birmingham clinic manager in 2011.

Student Ambassadors: Vision Care for Homeless People believes enthusiasm for helping the less fortunate is a message that the new generation of optometrists takes very seriously. Ambassadors have been appointed from all the professional schools. They reflect an eagerness to raise awareness and encourage active involvement through volunteering and fundraising:

Natasha Richards – Lead Student Ambassador – Aston University

Rishika Patel – Volunteer Support Lead – Aston University

Saira Akbarali – Events Lead – Aston University

Sareena Rashid – Fundraising Lead – Aston University

Uzma Shoaib – Finance Lead – Aston University