The Vision Foundation has appointed Lin Richardson as its new Director of Grants and Impact, with responsibility for overseeing all grant-making and wider impact work – including capacity building, strategic partnerships and advocacy. Lin joins the Vision Foundation after 18 years at the Wolfson Foundation, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive & Head of Grants.
Lin will be taking on a new role at the charity, leading the grants and impact team overseeing all of the charity’s grant-making programmes. The role also encompasses developing a suite of non-funding offerings, ensuring the Vision Foundation becomes an exemplar “Funder Plus” Foundation – offering capacity building, shared learning, convening, and a shared platform for the voices of other sight loss charities, grantees and their beneficiaries.
Speaking of her appointment, Lin Richardson said:
“I feel privileged and humbled to take on a role with such a clear and important purpose. I look forward to working with the entire Vision Foundation team to oversee an exemplary grants programme and make a difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted children and adults across London. I am excited to be joining such a dynamic and forward-looking charity.”
Olivia Curno, Chief Executive of the Vision Foundation said:
“I am delighted to welcome Lin as our new Director of Grants and Impact. She brings wide-ranging experience as a grantmaker, together with the drive and determination to make a difference to blind and partially sighted people in our capital. This is a crucial new leadership role for the charity, responsible for partnerships with fellow funders and influencers and other voluntary, community and public sector bodies.”
Lin has worked within the grant-making sector for nearly two decades and is well versed in the breadth of the discipline including grants assessment, programme and strategy development, and relationship management. She has extensive experience working alongside grantees, advisory panels and partner organisations, ranging from government departments to other funders and national charities.
Lin’s determination to join the sight loss sector was influenced by her role as a puppy walker and boarder for Guide Dogs. She and her family look after puppies during the first year of their lives and support their early training and socialisation. She has also trained as a sighted guide. Elsewhere Lin acts as a mentor to young people through the Promentor Programme at the University of Oxford and to professionals working in the grant-making sector through the Grant Funders Network.