The members of the Guide Dogs Executive Board bring great individual expertise and experience to their roles. Together, they ensure that Guide Dogs delivers the best possible service to blind and partially sighted people across the UK.
Tom Wright CBE, Chief Executive
Before becoming Chief Executive, Tom led the merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern England in 2009 to create Age UK. He was their Chief Executive for over eight years and was also chair of the Richmond Group of 14 leading health charities. Tom has extensive experience in the health and social care sector and is on the Board of NICE. He is also a trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation and the charity Doteveryone, fighting for a fairer internet. Tom also led the creation of VisitBritain from the merger of the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council and was their Chief Executive. His professional background is in marketing and consumer services as Managing Director of Saga and as Director of Center Parcs. His personal interests include history and running marathons.
Steve Vaid, Deputy CEO
Steve joined the organisation in July 2013 as Director of Mobility Services/Deputy Chief Executive and was responsible for encouraging our continuous development through instigating a regular programme of improvement initiatives. As a result, our enhanced focus on the needs of our clients, quality service delivery and cost management, has enabled us to increase the number of people we support each year in a sustainable way.
Before joining Guide Dogs, Steve was Director of Operations with Action for Blind People. Prior to that, he had two decades of experience, initially in the private sector, then moving into charities. This included working as CEO of a young people's charity and chair of a dementia charity. In 2009 Steve spent a year as a volunteer for Voluntary Service Overseas, working with disability organisations in Rwanda.
Mike Holt, Director of People and Business Services
Mike previously worked as HR Director, Business Development and Integration for GlaxoSmithKline Plc and prior to that he was HR Director for their Global IT Division. In the past he has also held Organisational Development, Education and Training, and Development and Continuous Improvement Manager roles. For the last three years Mike has also been a trustee of a charity (600 employees) that manages residential care homes for older people across 17 locations.