Welcome from Louisa Hosegood, chair of trustees

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in becoming the next Chief Executive of Vista. The role offers a real opportunity to make an impact and change the lives of people affected by sight loss for the better.

Vista is a remarkable award-winning charity that through its 280 staff and 350 volunteers supports nearly 17,000 people.

We’re an established charity, next year celebrating our 160th year, and whilst we’re proud of our heritage we’re not afraid to change so that we can continue to be of more benefit to the people that we are here to serve. We know that there is more to be done, and we’re looking for someone who can help Vista to achieve this. 

As a charity we’re keen that we don’t just provide specialist services to people with sight loss, but that we work with partners in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to ensure that all services are accessible for people with sight loss.

I think this is a really interesting opportunity to take on a growing charity and I do hope that having read this microsite that you will be interested in applying. I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Should you wish to have an informal chat with myself or Paul Bott, our current Chief Executive, in advance of submitting an application then please contact Emma Harvey at Peridot Partners (07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk).

Best wishes,

Louisa Hosegood
Chair of Trustees


Vista is the leading local sight loss charity in the UK

We support a wide range of health and social care needs across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Vista has three primary aims:

  1. - To prevent avoidable sight loss
  2. - To reduce the impact of sight loss
  3. - To support and care for people affected by sight loss


For 159 years we have worked with people who are blind and partially sighted, working alongside them to improve lives.

As an organisation, we believe that everyone has the potential to grow, and we have a strong set of values that guide the organisation.

We work to ensure that people with a sight loss have their voices heard, and we make sure that our services are driven by the insight that comes from a lived experience of those affected by sight loss.

Our services are focused on delivering real impact, for children, for adults and for older people with sight loss and their families and carers.

We exist to provide public benefit, primarily for people with sight loss and predominantly for people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

How we work

Vista is a remarkable award-winning charity supporting children and adults with sight loss and working to prevent avoidable sight loss. 

We're there at the point of diagnosis, supporting children and adults in eye clinics by providing information, advice, guidance and support when it's most needed.

We teach people with sight loss new skills and provide specialist equipment and tools. Our qualified specialist rehabilitation staff have a wealth of experience in supporting people with sight loss to develop important practical, social and emotional skills, building their confidence and independence.

As well as rehabilitation, residential homes and social groups, we provide specialist services for people with learning disabilities and sight loss, dementia and sight loss and dual sensory impairment.

We aim to tackle social isolation and ensure that every person we work with has real human contact, and provide over 50,000 talking newspapers a year, making a real difference to the lives of socially isolated people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Increasingly we’re reaching more people through working in partnership with other local organisations and we lead both ‘Leicester Ageing Together’ and ‘Work. Live. Leicestershire’ partnerships. These days we don’t just provide specialist services for people with sight loss, but through partnership ensure that more services are accessible by people with sight loss. 

For more information on Vista please visit:

Our Website

Vista Annual Report 2017

Vista Annual Report 2018

Vista Income/Expenditure 

Vista Strategy

Organisational Chart

Senior management team biographies

about the role

Chief Executive

Salary: c£80k


Established 159 years ago, Vista is the leading local sight loss charity in the UK and the largest disability charity in the East Midlands. We change the lives of the people that we reach, and each year reach more people.

We are an innovative award-winning charity, working alongside children and adults affected by sight loss in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, to remove barriers to health, education, employment and social networks.  We also work to be of benefit to people affected by sight loss across the UK, through our partnership with other local sight loss organisations.

Under our current Chief Executive, we have gone through a significant period of change and we have considerably grown and diversified.  We now have a turnover of £8 million and reach over 17,000 people each year.

Our new strategic direction, Working Together, developed in consultation with people affected by sight loss, focuses on ensuring we enable and facilitate people affected by sight loss; build our profile and influence to amplify their voice; and expand our reach, including through partnership working.

We are now looking for a values-led inspirational leader who will bring their innovative and creative approach to ensure that Vista continues to strive to maximise its impact for the people it exists to serve.

Our next Chief Executive will be an accomplished communicator, able to build and sustain effective partnerships, and build our profile with a wide range of stakeholders. A strategic thinker, you will bring a track record of successful leadership and be able to promote a culture of ideas, innovation and entrepreneurial adventure. You will have the ability to translate strategic plans into reality, have a track record of delivering outstanding performance, and have a proven ability to secure new income streams. We are open to leaders from any background or sector, although experience in the not for profit sector would be helpful. Experience of working with blind and partially sighted people would be an advantage, but you must share our commitment to actively partnering with people affected by sight loss.

If you would like a conversation about the role please contact our advising consultants: Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk or Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: Sunday 30th September 2018


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