The people behind the
Ridley Eye Foundation


The Ridley Eye Foundation Trustees in the UK

Nicholas Ridley


Nicholas is the son of Sir Harold Ridley the pioneering ophthalmologist who invented the inter-ocular lens (IOL) and performed the first cataract operation. Nicholas is Chairman of the Foundation.

Lauretta Ridley


Lauretta is married to Nicholas and is the Trustee responsible for Fundraising and Relationship Management.

Sarah Roberts


Sarah, a qualified management accountant, is the Foundation’s Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer.


A former politician and Solicitor General for UK government from 2010-2012, Lord Garnier is a practising barrister. One of his principle specialist areas is International & Human Rights Law. He was called to the Bar in 1976, (Middle Temple); appointed a QC in 1995; and a Bencher in 2001. He was MP for Harborough between 1992-2017, and was Knighted in 2012; he was appointed a Privy Counsellor 2015; and granted a Peerage 2018. He is regularly consulted by NGOs and charitable organisations.


Professor David Spalton FRCS, FRCP, FRCOphth

Prof David Spalton trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital and was appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He was Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Royal Hospital Chelsea (the Chelsea Pensioners), King Edward VII’s Hospital for Officers, London and Civilian Ophthalmic Advisor to the Metropolitan Police. He is a past President of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and past President of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is known internationally for his research on intraocular lens design. He lectures widely around the world and has published over 180 scientific papers. His book ‘An Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmology’ won the prize for the Best Medical Textbook of the Year for both the 1st and 3rd editions, a unique feat in medical publishing and has been translated in 10 languages.

Mr Geoffrey Woodruff BSc, MBBS, FRCOphth

Geoffrey is an Emeritus Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Leicester Royal Infirmary. He has been lead clinician in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Chairman of the Ophthalmic Training Committee. He has considerable field experience in Ethiopia and Uganda.

Mr Donald J Munro

Donald J. Munro is Chairman Emeritus of Rayner Intra ocular Lenses Limited, the manufacture of the first Intra ocular lens (IOL) . He is currently Business Development Director for the David J Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology, University of Heidelberg.

Reverend Dr Robert Beaken

Honorary Chaplain

Robert is Parish Priest of Great and Little Barfield in North Essex and is the author of several books. He is County Chaplain for Essex of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

Mr Nicholas Thorpe

Nicholas has spent over 30 years in Stockbroking, managing Advisory and Discretionary portfolios, including a number of Charities and formed part of the team with Richard Jackson. Now with approximately £80m of Assets Under Management at Redmayne Bentley. Nicholas is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute.

Professor Gerd Auffarth MD, FEBO

Gerd is Professor and Chairman at the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and is Head of the David J Apple Center for Vision Research which includes the David J Apple Laboratory for Ocular Pathology in Heidelberg. His key professional interests include cataract and intraocular lens surgery, IOL-biomaterial laboratory research, ocular pathology, minimal invasive glaucoma surgery, glaucoma implants and stents and corneal surgery.


Alistair Wood LVO, MBE, FRGS

Chief Executive

Alistair has worked in the government and charity sectors in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. We was previously a Trustee for the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital.

Johnny Moore


Johnny is the Charity’s Head of Fundraising. He is a qualified lawyer with a background in commercial law, banking, and trade promotion. He has spent considerable time in Asia, India, and the Middle East.

Ms Shirin Fenn


Shirin is a Dental Practice Manager from Lincolnshire. She has a special interest in Nepal having volunteered on Rebuild projects in the country since the 2015 earthquake.
Shirin runs the Foundation’s social media platforms.


Mr Gokul Thapa

Chairman and Managing Trustee

Mr Radha Krishna Bhandari

Legal Adviser

Mrs Shakuntala Dhakal

Teacher and Social Worker

Mr Dipendra Poudel


Mrs Sumitra Poudel

Medical Research Clinician