Our Board

Royal Blind is governed by a Board, who are responsible for ensuring that the charity is well-managed and abides by its charitable aims. The Trustees appoint the Chief Executive, who is responsible for managing the organisation together with the heads of the main services and departments.

The following currently outlines who is who at Royal Blind:


His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO


His Grace The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE

Vice Presidents

The Hon. Mrs Janet Buchanan-Smith
CBE Miss Aileen McGlynn

Board of Directors

Elected by Contributors

Douglas A Osler (Chairman)

Margery M Browning (Convener Education Committee)

Michael Craig (Convener Pension Scheme Trustees)

Dr. Brian Fleck

Patsy Gilles (Convener Care Home Committee)

Lorraine Grady (Convener Adult Services Committee)

David Johnston (Vice Chair) (Convener War Blinded Committee)

James Law (Convener Braille Press Committee)

Gwenn McCreath (Vice Chair) (Convener Marketing & Fundraising Committee)

Ken Reid 

Glen Waddell (Convener Finance & General Purposes)

Kate Cherry

Elected by Public Bodies

Cllr Cameron Rose - City of Edinburgh Council

Dawn Burrows - Edinburgh Merchant Company

Robert Mooney – STUC

Read our Board biographies.

Chief Executive and Secretary

Richard G Hellewell BA Econ, FCA

Principal Office

P.O. Box No. 500,
Gillespie Crescent,
Edinburgh EH10 4HZ


BDO (UK) LLP, Registered Auditors
Citypoint, 65 Haymarket Terrace
Edinburgh EH12 5HD


The Royal Bank of Scotland plc
26 Home Street


Pagan Osborne
55-56 Queen Street

Investment Advisers

Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited
Donaldson House
97 Haymarket Terrace