Our Trustees

Our board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for the charity.

Elaine Styles – 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.

Harinder Singh Paul – 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 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 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 – 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

Ian Catlin – Ian has spent his professional career working in high tech and IT, across a number of sectors. He brings both an understanding and a passion for technology, seeing its potential to affect change, to help communities and to innovate in multiple ways.

Aubrey Ayoade – was born-and-bred in south London. Here, he learned about the importance of community, cooperation and shared optimism. He pursued education opportunities in Construction, Structural Engineering and Management, leading to a career in Infrastructure Project Management for Road, Rail, Telecom and Commercial Building constructor-clients. His interests including vulnerable communities, Storytelling and Manchester City FC.