Who's Who - Chief Executive
Dr Tom Pey’s life reads like a fiction novel (in fact you can actually read his life story in his book Bang, you’re Dead).
Dr Tom Pey joined RSBC (then known as The Royal London Society for Blind People) in 2010 following 11 years at Guide Dogs as Director of External Affairs.
Prior to this as President of the European Guide Dog Federation he oversaw its largest research project into the needs of vision impaired people.
Tom had a very successful career in international investment banking when at 39 he lost his sight, something he calls a “horrendously traumatic” experience. He says he owes a huge personal debt to RSBC for helping him regain his self confidence when he lost his sight.
I learned that I could either be a victim of my sight loss or I could do something with it.
And it was this thinking he brought with him to RSBC.
As RSBC Chief Executive, he is revolutionising the charity so that it can reach its goal of helping 11,000 blind and partially sighted young people by 2020. Tom says of RSBC’s new direction:
By putting the family at the centre of what we do, we can put an end to the downward trajectory that blind and partially sighted young people so typically find themselves on.
Our new mission is that if a blind child needs our help anywhere in England and Wales, we will be there with real friendship and expert support for them and their family to enable them to take full advantage of what life offers.