Our Staff

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.
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.
David Brown – General Manager – David is our General Manager and looks after the charity. He has many years management experience ranging from estates management to grant-making, and as a consultant to charities and social enterprises. He works to ensure each of our clinics and the whole organisation runs effectively and develops new services in order to reach more people who are homeless.
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 Rekha Gore – Clinic Manager – Birmingham – 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.
Penny Penny Delaney – Deputy Clinic Manager – Birmingham – Penny, who recently retired from her post as a Programmes Administrator at Aston University, helps at the SIFA Fireside on most Monday mornings. Penny works closely with Rekha Gore, the Clinic Manager, helping to streamline the administrative procedures, and liaising with the many volunteers who help every Monday.

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.