Larry Benjamin, one of the Orbis trustees, wearing a grey suit, speaks into a microphone at a lectern

Orbis board members

Orbis is fortunate to have dedicated board members who are committed to helping us fulfil our mission.


Peter Hickson MA FCA
Chair, UK

Peter Hickson has been Chairman since 2015, having joined the Board in 2008. For three years he was also a Board member and Treasurer of Orbis International in New York.

During an extensive international business career, he has been a director of over a dozen international public companies including the chairmanship of four of them. Major roles included being Finance Director of Powergen from 1996-2002 and Chairman of Anglian Water until 2009.

He is also a trustee of Sonoro Music.


Larry Benjamin FRCS (Ed), FRCOphth,

DO Programme Committee Chair, UK

Larry Benjamin is consultant ophthalmologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire and has been an Orbis medical volunteer since 2004. With special interests in cataract and diabetic retinopathy management, he has also served on the ophthalmic committee of the Royal Society of Medicine, published a number of scientific papers and two books. He was until December 2018, Chair of the microsurgical skills committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and is the immediate past-President of United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. In March 2016, Larry received the Care Service Provider trophy at the Charity Staff and Volunteer Awards, for his work improving access to eye care services across the globe.

Larry joined the Orbis UK Board in 2008.

Michael Boyd

Michael Boyd holds a degree in Commerce from University College Dublin and is a Barrister at Law. He has also studied at the Harvard and London Business Schools. Most of his working life has been spent providing economic advice to developing countries in the field of international trade. Michael joined the Orbis UK Board in 2010 and also sits on the Board of Orbis Ireland.

Christopher (Kit) Braden

Kit Braden is Chairman of L’Occitane Limited and a Director of L’Occitane Group. Since starting his business career with De La Rue in the 1960s, he has developed a number of privately held manufacturing businesses with factories in Europe, Asia and USA. Kit has supported Orbis projects, through the L’Occitane Foundation, for over 12 years. Kit joined the Orbis UK Board in 2013.

Bruce Buck

Bruce Buck is Chair of Chelsea FC plc and its wholly owned subsidiary Chelsea Football Club Limited. He is a Director of Globalworth Real Estate Limited. Previously he was Managing Partner for Europe for the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and responsible for a broad array of transactions in the corporate and financial areas. He has been practicing law in Europe since 1983. Bruce joined the Orbis UK Board in 1997.

Tony Cowles

Tony Cowles has served in senior managerial positions for a number of airlines and travel services companies. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Marketors. Tony joined the Orbis UK Board in 2002.

Yvette Dunne MA FCA

Yvette Dunne graduated in Mathematics and Computation from St Hugh's College, Oxford and then trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. After 15 years in financial management roles in the banking and recruitment industries, Yvette spent 10 years as a CFO in the not-for-profit sector most recently at St John's School, an independent school charity. She currently advises schools and charities on compliance and risk management. Yvette joined the Orbis UK Board in December 2017.

Nicola Floyd

Nicola worked in investment banking in London, Hong Kong, Bangkok and New York for more than 10 years. She worked as a consultant to Operation Fistula for two years. She is currently interim CEO and a Trustee of Water Harvest and also sits on the Board of the Edenbeg Charitable Trust. She has a degree in Economic History from Edinburgh University, is a CFA charter holder as well as holding other financial and regulatory qualifications.

Nicola joined the Orbis UK Board in September 2017.

Patricia Moller

Patricia joined the State Department, following 10 years as an investment banker and tax shelter specialist with Smith Barney. Her first diplomatic assignment was to the consular section in Munich. After that she served in a number of different roles in Madras, Washington DC, Belgrade, Yerevan and Tbilisi. Ambassador Moller served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea from 2009-2012. She also served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi from 2006-2009 as well as Charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassies for the Kingdom of Morocco and Romania. Patricia joined the Orbis UK Board in November 2017 and also sits on the Board of Orbis International.

Rob Pinchbeck

Rob has 40 years of international experience in the oil industry, principally in BP and Petrofac, where in 2002 he founded and led the Operations Services division. He holds degrees in engineering (Imperial College, London) and business (Stanford, California). He was variously based in UK, UAE, USA, and Australia. He is a non-executive director of Enteq Upstream plc and serves as an advisor to Energy Growth Momentum, a private equity fund. He has served on several private company Boards and from 2012 to 2018 was a Trustee of RAFT, a UK medical research charity. Rob joined the Board of Orbis UK in July 2017.

Christine Tomkins BSc(Hons), MBChB(Hons), DO, FRCS, FRCOphth, MBA, FFFLM, FRCP

Christine Tomkins is the Chief Executive of the Medical Defence Union (MDU) and has been a registered medical practitioner for 38 years. She has a proven record of sustained leadership and achievement. Dr Tomkins was a Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers’ Charity until 2010, and she was chair from 2004 to 2009. Christine joined the Orbis UK Board in 2011.

Charles Vyvyan

After Balliol College, Oxford Charles Vyvyan spent 35 years in the Army in a variety of operational command and staff appointments throughout the world. Since he retired in 2000 he has worked as a strategic adviser to a number of government and commercial organisations. Charles joined the Orbis UK Board in 2008 and also sits on the Board of Orbis International.

Catharina Waller

Catharina Waller is a Trade Mark and Patent Attorney at the law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite and has over 10 years' experience working in the intellectual property (IP) law sector. She frequently works with both charities and commercial companies on IP matters. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, as well as a degree in Intellectual Property Management. Catharina joined the Orbis UK Board in July 2017.

Robert F Walters FRCS, FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth.

Rob Walters is a consultant ophthalmologist, working in the National Health Service (NHS) for over 30 years and an Orbis medical volunteer since 1994. Rob has played key roles in numerous UK eye health organisations and authored three books on the causes and treatment of blindness. Rob joined the Orbis UK Board in June 2003 and served as chairman from 2008-2015. In 2014, he was honoured with the title of Trustee of the Year at the Charity Staff and Volunteer Awards, for his dedication to improving eye health globally. Rob also served as Chairman of the Boards of Orbis International in New York and Orbis Africa and remains an Emeritus member of both of these Boards.

Nigel Young

Audit Committee Chair, UK Nigel Young trained with KPMG in London and has been Finance Director of several UK public companies. In addition to a degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham, he also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science. Nigel is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Chemring Group PLC and Non-Executive Chairman of P2i Limited. Nigel joined the Orbis UK Board in 2012.