Royal Society for Blind Children appoints entrepreneur Simon Ward as Trustee

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London: Friday 26th April 2024: The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC), a UK charity which supports blind and partially sighted children and young people and their families, has appointed technology entrepreneur Simon Ward as a Board Trustee. 

Ward, who founded global marketing technology company Inspired Thinking Group (ITG), will work with Julie Davis, CEO and the board to further expand the services that the RSBC offers, as well as provide strategic guidance on its expansion. ITG currently works with some of the world’s most recognisable brands including PUMA, Boots, KFC, Heineken, M&S and Audi. 

It is estimated that there are just under 37,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people in England and Wales, many of whom are in urgent need of support. Around four children every day are diagnosed with sight loss. 

Although many vision impaired children and young people frequently live fulfilling and happy lives, statistically they are at a disadvantage. For example, the charity estimates that only one in four blind and partially sighted people of working age are in employment. Additionally, two-thirds of blind people are living below the poverty line.  

The charity offers a comprehensive suite of key services including family support, accessible technology, events, and community services.  

Simon Ward, Board Trustee, Royal Society for Blind Children said: 

“RSBC has a proud history of supporting blind and partially sighted children and young people across England and Wales, whatever their circumstances or level of need. CEO Julie and her team have built and grown an incredible organisation that has a huge impact on young individuals and their families, offering the support they need to help them live their lives without limits.” 

Julie Davis, CEO, Royal Society for Blind Children said: 

“It is a true pleasure to welcome Simon to the Royal Society for Blind Children’s Board of Trustees. As an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and global pioneer in marketing technology, he brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we’re honoured that he has chosen to dedicate his time to us as a trustee. Through his expertise and guidance, we know that he will play a pivotal role that will be of immense value to RSBC as we further develop our services to reach and support more blind and partially sighted children, young people and their families throughout the UK.”