Our Board of Trustees and how we are governed

Our Governance structure

RNIB is governed by our experienced Board of Trustees.

The Board has overall responsibility for all RNIB activities and delegates the day-to-day management of RNIB to the Executive Leadership Team, which includes our Chief Executive Officer, and eight second-tier governance committees, and sets terms of reference for these. 

Currently, these Committees are:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Customer Committee
  • Governance Transformation Implementation Group
  • Income and Partnerships Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • People Committee
  • Regulated Services and Safeguarding Committee
  • Transitions Committee.

Each Committee generally has two or three members who are Trustees, and several also have up to three non-Trustee members who have particular skills and expertise relevant to that Committee. This ensures that the Board can call on a range of experience to support oversight and decision-making. Each Committee is chaired by a Trustee, save for the Audit and Risk and Regulated Services and Safeguarding Committees, which each have an independent Chair.

This diagram (PDF) shows RNIB's governance structure.

We received our Royal Charity status in 1949 and are governed by the RNIB Royal Charter and Bye-Laws:

RNIB Board of Trustees

The RNIB Board of Trustees is responsible for taking the major decisions that affect RNIB and its subsidiaries, including our Associate Charities.

Including the Honorary Officers, we have eight trustees, four of whom are blind or partially sighted (including the Chair). We are presently recruiting three new Trustees to join the Board in 2020.