Having worked in the commercial sector as Marketing Director and Managing Director for a number of leading consumer durable, dotcom and publishing brands Mike moved into the not for profit sector around the turn of the century, initially as Commercial Director at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge. He has since held similar roles at a number of cancer, children’s disability and animal welfare charities before his appointment as Chief Executive of National Eye Research Centre in July 2013.
Mike is married with two grown up children and lives in Cheltenham.
Most of us would consider our sight to be one of the most important senses, and fear the impact that sight loss would have on our independence. But eye health, in comparison with other diseases, is still largely neglected by medical research funding.
Research can make a huge difference, 25 years ago a corneal transplant had a 50/50 chance of success - now it has a 90 percent chance. Cataract procedures are now routine, laser eye surgery is nowadays a very safe procedure - but that is only through years of research.
24/09/2015 12:07 BST
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