Our Board

Pupil with President and PatronRoyal 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 President

The Hon. Mrs Janet Buchanan-Smith

Board of Directors

Elected by Contributors

Michael Craig (Chair)

Ian McGregor (Vice Chair) (Convener, Scottish War Blinded Committee)

Graeme Bold (Convener of Finance and General Purposes Committee)

Jamie Cuthbertson

Jay Hogarty (Convener, Scottish Braille Press Committee)

Mike Martin (Convener, Adult Services Committee)

Aidan McCorry

Michelle McWilliams (Convener, Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Committee)

Stephanie Phillips (Convener, Audit Committee)

Elizabeth Porterfield, (Convener of Older Peoples Services)

Mike Donnelly

Cllr Derek Howie - City of Edinburgh Council

Robert Mooney – STUC

Jimmy Milhench – NLBD

Professor Baljean Dhillon – University of Edinburgh

Read our Board biographies.

Chief Executive

Mark O'Donnell - Chief Executive

Principal Office

Royal Blind
50 Gillespie Crescent
Edinburgh EH10 4JB


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


The Royal Bank of Scotland plc
26 Home Street


Thorntons Solicitors

3rd floor, Citypoint,

65 Haymarket Terrace,


EH12 5HD

Investment Advisers

Barnett Waddingham LLP 
163 West George Street
G2 2JJ