The trustees meet to promote education of clinicians and scientists in eye disease and disorders of vision. They also aim to improve the care of patients through the sponsorship of research of local, national and international importance. The trustees are drawn from those involved in industry and the biological scientists and consultant ophthalmologists who are prominent clinical scientists with wide connections with other disciplines in medicine. Between them they have expertise in all the major subspecialties within ophthalmology.
Nicholas Sarkies MA MB BChir MRCP FRCS FRCOphth - Chairman
Nicholas Sarkies has been Consultant Ophthalmologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge since 1988. After Cambridge he trained at Westminster, The London, The Middlesex, Moorfields, St Thomas' and The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases. He has specialized in neuro-ophthalmology and glaucoma. His research interests within neuro-ophthalmology has been in cerebrospinal fluid and pituitary disorders.
He has been interested in training and education in ophthalmology for all of his career. He was Royal College of Ophthalmology Clinical Tutor at Addenbrooke's in the 1990s and he established the School of Ophthalmology for Health Education, East of England , being Head of School from 2008 to 2015.
Dr Martin Snead M.A.,M.D., FRCS, FRCOphth. D.O.
Martin Snead graduated from London University in 1984 and trained in ophthalmic surgery in London, Nottingham, Cambridge and New York before being appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1996. He has a special interest in all aspects of retinal and vitreous surgery, especially surgery for the repair of retinal detachment, diabetic and macular disorders. He leads a Vitreoretinal Research Group at Cambridge University investigating the molecular pathology of retinal detachment and is the service lead for the Department of Health nationally commissioned Stickler syndrome diagnostic service.
Professor Madhavan Rajan M.D., M.S., FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Glas), FRCOphth
Professor Madhavan Rajan is the lead corneal and cataract surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital with research interests in cornea, cataract and anterior segment disorders of the eye. Professor Rajan undertakes his laboratory research in the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) at Anglia Ruskin University and clinical research at the Cambridge University Hospitals in Cambridge. His collaborators include Professor Roger Buckley and Stem cell scientists at Life sciences department, Cambridge. He is principle supervisor for the PhD program focussed on corneal research and the clinical corneal fellowship at Addenbrooke's Hospital.
He was recently awarded the NHS Health Enterprise East award for developing a novel technique of pre-conditioning human donor corneas for Micro-thin Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK). His laboratory research is aimed at developing cell therapy to restore vision in patients with corneal blindness. Other clinical research areas include lamellar corneal transplantation techniques, corneal cross-linking for Keratoconus, novel drug delivery devices to the cornea and advanced intraocular lenses for cataract surgery.
Rod Ashby-Johnson MA, CEng, MIMechE, MCIM
Rod's specialism is the tribology of cylinder components operating in hostile environments and the logistics of their worldwide marketing and distribution. He has held senior roles with T&N plc, Associated Engineering Ltd, and GKN plc in Europe, North America and Asia; and more recently CEO of QH Group.
He was educated at The Leys School and then read Mechanical Sciences at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He served 15 years with The Queens Own Mercian Yeomanry, and presently Chairman of The Leys School Committee of Governors. He is compiling and publishing the musical works of Ken Naylor, best known as composer of the popular hymn tune, 'Coe Fen'.
Godfrey J Curtis M.A., M.Sc.
Trustee Godfrey J Curtis read Natural Sciences at Pembroke College Cambridge graduating in Botany in 1958.
For the next twenty eight years he pursued a career in teaching and research at first in the University and latterly at the Plant Breeding Institute Cambridge. As the Institute began to disband in 1986 he took up the post of Chief Scientist and Director in a small International Company collating research in the physiology of storage and transportation of fruit and vegetables. Eventually he became an independent Biological Consultant concentrating on forensic investigation of, mainly marine, transportation of perishables. Both posts involved travelling widely throughout the world but chiefly in China and the Pacific Basin, Africa and the New World.
Robin Bligh F,C.A.
Robin Bligh, who advises the trustees on financial matters, is a retired Chartered Accountant, an FCA. He worked in both the City of London and in Cambridge, where he was a Partner in a large firm of Accountants.
Mr Anthony Vivian BSc MBBS FRCS FRCOphth
Anthony Vivian is a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge and the Eye Treatment Centre, West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds. After his early ophthalmology training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the London Hospital and Southampton Eye Hospital he became a Fellow of Paediatric Ophthalmology at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond St, London. He then returned to Moorfields Eye Hospital as a senior registrar and further specialist training in oculoplastics.
His special interests include children's and adult strabismus surgery and eye movement abnormalities. He represents the East of England on the Council of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and is also on the Scientific Committee of the College. He is the Lead Clinician for Clinical Governance at Addenbrookes Hospital, is an external advisor for the NHS Ombudsman and is on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Interventional Procedures panel.