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 [Nic]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.


Professor David Spalton FRCS, FRCP, FRCOphth

David is Emeritus Clinical Ophthalmic Director at St Thomas’s Hospital, and Professor of Ophthalmology, King’s College, London, and an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. He is currently President Emeritus of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, a Trustee of Fight for Sight and is internationally renowned for his research on intra ocular lens design.

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 Richard Jackson

Richard followed his grandfather and father into stockbroking and advises the Ridley Eye Foundation and other charities in the investment of financial assets, as well as a number of City of London Livery Companies.

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 full time practice manager. As a volunteer for the REF she runs the Foundation’s digital and social media platforms.


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.


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