Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Supporting our Executive Team is a diverse team of passionate individuals who cut across a range of functions. Find out more about them below, and please do reach out if you're an organisation looking to connect. 

Development Team

Our development team is engaged in a range of activities, including community fundraising, high-profile events, epic challenges and individual giving campaigns, as well as collections for the retail division.

Rebecca Clarke: Deputy Director of Development

Rebecca leads our public fundraising team, supporting them in delivering everything from community fundraising to high-profile special events, epic challenges, individual giving programmes and everything in between. Rebecca has led events and community fundraising for charities and not-for-profit organisations for the last 13 years and loves the buzz of event day. Before joining Vision Foundation, Rebecca managed the special events for Women for Women International and Sparks. Rebecca enjoys running around after her toddler and exploring new places with them outside of work.

Becky Hopwood: Trusts and Fundraising Manager

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Becky is our Trusts and  Fundraising Manager. She has over 20 years of charity experience, with the last 16 years as a Trust Fundraising Manager at a variety of different charities. Outside of work, Becky enjoys walking her dog and exploring new places.

Ruth Matthews: Community and Events Officer

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Ruth works with our amazing supporters with anything from marathons and skydives to baked bean baths and golf days. Ruth has worked across a range of areas, including community fundraising, events, philanthropy and trusts over the last 10 years. Prior to joining Fight for Sight, Ruth managed fundraising and marketing at Edinburgh-based neurodiversity charity Salvesen Mindroom Centre. Outside of work, Ruth enjoys singing in a rockabilly band and working and performing with local amateur musical theatre groups where she lives in Edinburgh.

Olivia McDonald: Partnerships Officer

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Olivia works within the High Value Team as the Partnerships Officer but initially worked as the Fundraising Assistant in the Public Fundraising Team for over a year. She enjoys working on events, (special or challenge) and building long lasting relationships with supporters. Before entering the charity sector, she worked part time in retail whilst getting her degree in History and Politics of the Americas from UCL. She also has experience in sales and has worked directly with charities including the British Heart Foundation and Battersea Cats and Dogs Home.

Olivia is passionate about raising awareness for sight loss and loves collaborating with the rest of the team to find ways to do this. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys music, travelling and socialising.

Mary-Anne Donovan: Major Donor Manager

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Mary-Anne worked in the charity sector for over 11 years, working across a number of income streams including community, events, corporate and high value giving. She enjoys cultivating personalised relationships with donors and connecting individuals with causes close to their hearts.

Outside of work, Mary-Anne enjoys spending time with her family, long country walks or can be found soaking up the vibrant offerings of the City.

Francesca Revell: Senior Individual Giving Manager

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Francesca is a born and raised proud Londoner and passionate about making the city she loves open and accessible for all.

Francesca has over 12 years of experience working in the charity and not-for-profit sectors, working across a broad range of fundraising streams, including special and challenge events, community and corporates, legacy and in memory and primarily, individual giving. Francesca joined the Vision Foundation in February 2022 and looks after the individual giving and legacy programme. Striving for change and equality is what motivates her.

Francesca studied History at the University of Manchester, where she was sub-editor of the student newspaper. In 2012, she volunteered at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, which was a turning point in her career and one of her best and most positive experiences.

In her spare time, Francesca can be found enjoying everything London has to offer with her partner and their two young children. She enjoys trips to the theatre, yoga, and long pub lunches, following her beloved football team, QPR, and is also part of a virtual book club.

Matt Coleman: Corporate Partnerships Senior Manager

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Matt has worked in the charity sector for ten years, focused on corporate fundraising. Before working for Fight for Sight / Vision Foundation, Matt worked for an international sight loss charity called Orbis UK, which focused on addressing the causes of avoidable blindness in low to middle-income countries. Matt is a keen cook outside work and enjoys cycling and attending music festivals.

Monica Smith: Philanthropy Manager

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Monica has been working as a charity fundraiser for the last 13 years. Prior to joining the Vision Foundation, Monica worked at Variety, the Children’s Charity, as their Trusts and Legacies Manager and at Gingerbread, as their Trusts and Grants Manager. She is also a trustee and treasurer of Metro Blind Sport.

Monica led the development of a £1 million Major Appeal to mark the Vision Foundation’s centenary anniversary in 2021. Monica, who is severely sight impaired, has 3 children, who have all flown the nest, and enjoys many sports – tandem cycling, sailing, swimming and blind tennis through Metro, which she absolutely loves. She wants to excel in everything she does, challenge perceptions about what people believe blind people can do and be a role model for other visually impaired people.

Joanne Kelly: Community and Events Manager

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Joanne started her career as a Pontins Bluecoat. This is the role where Joanne realised that she had a real passion to manage events. A few years later she graduated from the University of Suffolk with a events management degree.

Since graduating Joanne has nine years’ experience in managing mass participation fundraising events and challenges for St Elizabeth Hospice. She has also worked for a top 50 law firm, heading up the events portfolio that include, conferences, webinars, dinners and networking events. Her passion and motivation comes from wanting to make a positive difference to people’s lives using her fundraising and events knowledge.

In her spare time, you can find Joanne on a court playing league netball, spending time with family, catching a musical or watching her favourite band Westlife.

Pauline Bailey: Supporter Care Officer

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John Claxton: Community Fundraiser and Collector

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Communications Team

The aim of the communications team is to amplify the messages around the great work our organisation does to save sight and change lives from research to social impact and beyond.