Mr Rodney Grey (Chair)
Rodney completed his medical training at University of Cambridge and The Royal London Hospital. He trained as an ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and at The Western Eye Hospital, London. Subsequently, he was appointed Consultant Ophthalmologist at Bristol Eye Hospital in 1979. He is now retired from medical practice.
Mrs Carol Mayo (Vice-Chair)
In 2019, Carol exited Polarn O Pyret, a Swedish childrenswear company, after leading the retail division for 12 years and contributing to its growth from a start-up business to a multi-channel operation of solus stores, concessions, and website. The role involved defining a brand ambassador approach to build brand awareness, through a network of contacts across the UK and Ireland, along with change management and development of an entrepreneurial culture of trust and loyalty across the retail teams and customers.
Alongside holding various positions within the retail sector over the last 20 years, Carol also supported the growth and development of the Blue Cross animal charity over a similar length of time. Carol has also held officer roles for her local political party, which involved communication, strategic planning and organisational development. Carol has been a donor to Sight Research UK since 2002.
Mr Simon Bowker (Treasurer)
Simon is a qualified accountant who has worked in senior roles in the public, private and charitable sectors. He is currently the Finance Director of a community charity in Bristol. Simon’s career has focused on improving financial results, sustainability, governance and business partnering. He has wide-ranging experience in devising financial strategies for organisations and is also a qualified business coach.
Maj Gen (Retd) Christopher Callow
Christopher was born and schooled in Kenya, moving to study medicine at Edinburgh in 1960. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a medical cadet in 1963 and graduated in 1966. After completing house jobs in Edinburgh he started full-time service in 1967. Between then and 2000 he served in UK (the then BAOR) and in Belgium. He had three tours in Germany – in Minden, Verden-Aller and latterly as Commander Medical in Rheindahlen (1993-96). He set up a new, tri-service medical training agency in 1997 (the Defence Medical Training Organisation) and his last appointment was Chief Executive of the then Defence Secondary Care Agency, responsible for hospital services for the Armed Forces. He retired from the Army in 2000 and has been involved with Sight Research UK since 2001. He lives in the Yorkshire Wolds and has three grown up children and four grandchildren.
Dr Dolores Conroy
Dolores has a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Pharmacology and spent her research career studying the role of inflammation in asthma at University of Sherbrooke, Canada, and Imperial College London. In 2004, she took the post of Principal Scientist at Mercia Pharma Inc. working on the development of disease-specific immunotherapeutic vaccines for autoimmune and chronic diseases.
In 2008, Dolores joined Fight for Sight where she became its first Director of Research shaping the charity's research strategy and overseeing its implementation. Since January 2018, Dolores has been the project manager for the ORNATE-India study, which aims to build research capacity and capability to tackle the burden of blindness due to diabetic retinopathy in India. She is based at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and is responsible for the day-to-day management of this UK-India collaboration.
Dolores became a Trustee of Sight Research UK in January 2019.
Dr John Cottrell
John graduated from Balliol College, University of Oxford, with a degree in Modern History, and subsequently gained an MA and a PhD in Medieval History from the University of Bristol in 2000. From 2002 to 2006 he was a Special Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Bristol. He is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry. His past offices have included: Councillor on Bristol City Council; Trustee of Bristol Municipal Charities; Chairman of Governors, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital; Non-executive Director, Bristol and District Health Authority; Chair of Bristol Cathedral Council; President of Clifton College; and he has served on the Executive Committee of National Association of Almshouses and the University of Bristol Audit Committee. He was High Sheriff of the City and County of Bristol in 2011/12. He is currently a member of St John Ambulance County Priory Group.
Mr Robert Drewett
Robert is a Partner in Womble Bond Dickinson Solicitors and specialises in property law. He is also Trustee of a number of diverse charities, including the Royal Bath & West of England Society (of which he is Chairman), Innovation for Agriculture, the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, and the Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare. Having previously been President of the Grateful Society, a Bristol based charity that raises money to support older people, Robert is now a Trustee and Honorary Secretary. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset.
Mr Phillip Jackson
Philip is currently the Product Director for Specsavers, a privately held optical business. In this role Philip holds the responsibility for the product offering across the Specsavers operations in Europe. His experience stretches from operations, supply chain, marketing and commercial delivery. With over 25 years’ experience working with consumer facing organisations, Philip’s focus is on helping businesses build their brand and deliver the best possible customer proposition. A Trustee of Sight Research UK for over two years, Philip is excited about the prospect of supporting the charity to develop its own proposition and ultimately improve eye health for all.
Dr Richard Lee
Richard’s early career as a clinician scientist was strongly supported by grants from Sight Research UK. This enabled him to secure major funding subsequently from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, to build a research program in human immunology and the eye.
With the support of his colleagues across multiple institutions, he sought to apply cutting edge understanding of the immune system to develop new tests and treatments for patients with sight-threatening eye conditions by linking the resources and expertise of Moorfields Eye Hospital with the internationally renowned Ocular Inflammation Laboratories at the University of Bristol.
From this success, he went on to create a research consortium for Human Ocular Immunology between these leading UK centres and the National Eye Institute in the United States. At Moorfields, Richard has also established a new clinical service with a team of Consultants, specialising in Uveitis and Scleritis, which has attracted dedicated NHS funding and receives referrals from across the UK for complex care. Eligible patients are routinely offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials if they wish to try an alternative to standard therapies or contribute to the development of new diagnostic and imaging tools.
Increasingly, Richard is also supporting clinicians and researchers of multiple professional groups across ophthalmic and scientific disciplines to create new knowledge and translate this into advances in clinical and surgical practice. Following four years as Deputy Director of Moorfields’ Clinical Research Facility, Richard was appointed as Clinical Director of Research & Development at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2020. In this role, he is committed to driving continued innovation to improve both patients’ vision and wider human health.
Mr Adam Ross
Adam is a Consultant Ophthalmologist with a subspecialty interest in medical retina and uveitis. He carried out his training in Bristol and Cheltenham as well as visiting fellowships in New York and Washington. He is currently the lead for the macular degeneration service at the Bristol Eye Hospital. He is an advisor for the ophthalmology content of the British National Formulary (BNF) and provides ophthalmology opinions for both the BNF and the children’s BNF. He has published extensively in the ophthalmic literature. He is the Royal College of Ophthalmologist’s College Tutor for the Bristol Eye Hospital. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol and is the lead coordinator and teacher for the ophthalmology undergraduate teaching programme. He has completed various post-graduate qualifications, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and continues to be actively involved in teaching of ophthalmologists in addition to allied health professionals.
Ms Cathy Williams
Cathy is a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist and a Reader in Paediatric Ophthalmology. Cathy qualified at St Thomas’s Hospital in London, had early medical postings at St Thomas’s Medical Eye Unit and the London Hospital, and then moved to Bristol to join the Ophthalmology training rotation. She followed this rotation in Bristol and Taunton, interspersed with various research Fellowships, and took up her Consultant post in Bristol in 2000. She has a clinical interest in vision problems in children with additional needs and holds an NIHR Senior Research Fellowship to investigate the prevalence, impact and management of brain-related vision problems in children.