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.
Barry Simons – Trustee – Vice Chair – A Housing Professional with 30 years’ experience in running large organisations in the public and private sectors. Currently running his own consultancy business which focuses on housing development, social housing management and financial analysis. Previously involved in a number of Housing, Regeneration and Homelessness Charities over 15 years as Board member and Trustee. First Chair of VCHP and now Vice Chair.
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.
Liz Law – Trustee – Secretary – An Optometrist who divides her week between the Paediatric eye clinic at Southend University Hospital and private practice at Specsavers. She first volunteered in the clinics for Vision Care for Homeless People in 2007 and joined the board as Secretary in 2011.
Shaneela Chana – Trustee – Crisis Christmas – Has been involved with VCHP since qualifying as an Optometrist in 2005. Her roles have involved working in Operations and rolling out the service of VCHP in conjunction with the national homeless based charity Crisis during the Crisis Christmas. She currently works in general practice and in the field of refractive laser surgery.
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.
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.
image003 Robert Greene – 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..

Harjit Sandhu – Trustee – Operations

Charanjit Bharj – Trustee – Legal

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:

Maria Akhtar – Plymouth University

Rosie Pattison – Aston University

Maria Tariq – City University

Nadia Yeasmin – Bradford University

Ross Aitchison – Glasgow Caledonian University

Rebecca Leighton – Ulster University

Dhruvi Shah – Anglia Ruskin University

Maariyah Khan – Manchester University

Ciara Hankins – Cardiff University