Mr Michael Burdon


Michael Burdon began his term of office as a BCPB Trustee in July 2020, and in October 2020 he became Chairman of the Council when Paul Hunter retired after six years. 

Mr Burdon has recently retired as a consultant ophthalmologist with a specialist interest in neuro-ophthalmology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He trained in medicine in London, and then in ophthalmology at Oxford, Birmingham, Brisbane, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

His decision to train as an eye surgeon was heavily influenced by observing cataract surgery at Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda during a student elective in 1985. He has maintained a considerable interest in international ophthalmology throughout his career and in 2007, with the support of the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), he established a formal link between his eye department and that of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania. This link has helped to train Tanzanian ophthalmologists, develop subspecialty ophthalmology services, and support clinical research.

He has served at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for 10 years, most recently as President from 2017 to 2020. He was instrumental in establishing the College’s link with the College of Ophthalmology of East, Central and Southern Africa, ((COECSA)  and has supported this work by delivering training in examinations, research development, and speaking at COECSA’s annual congresses. He continues to work with the ICEH to support the international Links programme. 

He has held a variety of additional leadership roles, including Chairman of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence cataract guideline development committee, and has worked with a number of sight related charities advocating for better access to eye services and support for the visually impaired.


Mr Richard Wormald


Richard Wormald became a BCPB trustee in 2017 and was appointed Vice-Chairman in 2019. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology University College London and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine He has been a consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Western Eye Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. He trained in ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital with FRCS Glasgow in 1984 and FRCOphth in 1986, and he trained in Medicine and Surgery at Cambridge University and the London Hospital in 1977, gaining a Masters in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1988.

He has a strong commitment to BCPB and has the following interests:

  • Long-standing commitment to VISION2020 nationally and globally having had an interest in prevention of blindness from the outset of his ophthalmic career and having been involved with the International Centre for Eye Health since 1987.
  • Experience as a medical advisory trustee for two major international NGOs for the prevention of blindness – Sight Savers International from 1998-2006 and Fred Hollows (UK) from 2010 until present.
  • World leader in evidence-based ophthalmology as co-ordinating editor of the Cochrane Eyes and Vision group with experience in systematic reviews informing guidelines and policy.
  • He has an established track record in ophthalmic clinical and population based research with more than 200 published research papers, some of which have been influential on major sight loss issues.


Mr Afzal Ismail


Afzal Ismail joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 and later that year was appointed Treasurer.

Since qualifying as a chartered account in 1995 with KPMG, he has worked as an audit professional with some of the biggest banks in the UK and USA including Merrill Lynch and Barclays.  He currently works within Internal Audit at Nordea, the biggest Nordic bank, based in Copenhagen.  His work has taken him to many locations and he has lived in the UK, Africa, the Middle East, the United States and now mainland Europe.

His role as BCPB’s Treasurer allows him to combine contributing to the charity’s work and using his financial skills. Engaging with people from a medical background provides him with a distraction from the world of finance!

Mr Anthony Blackman


Anthony Blackman became a BCPB trustee in 2017.  His professional background is as an Optician, with a speciality in contact lenses and interest in low vision. He was Professional Lead and Senior Lecturer in Vision Science at Canterbury Christ Church University for six years, until founding Insight Optical Training in 2017. The Insight Training Group now offers a range of training solutions for optometry and ophthalmology support staff, as well as CET/CPD for optical professionals.

Anthony is also a Trustee for Vision Care for Homeless People. Previously he has held various positions with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (including as a board director and examiner) was a Principal Examiner & member of the Qualifications Committee for the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and was a trustee for Emmaus Medway.

Mr Patrick Franklin


Patrick Franklin was appointed as a BCPB trustee in 2019.  He gained a degree in Marine Biology at Bangor University and then worked in fish and shellfish production for eight years, farming various species in the UK and internationally.

Following this practical experience he has spent the last 31 years as an advisor in fisheries, fish farming ad marine biological issues.  His work has been variously for international bodies such as the EU Commission and the World Bank, national and local governments, industry bodies, energy and shipping companies, as well as private sector fisheries and aquaculture producers, spanning some 30 countries. He is currently managing Director of Homarus Ltd, a fisheries advisory company he has been operating for 18 years. 

He is semi-retired and in 2018 he undertook a 250 mile charity walk with his wife  Sue around the coasts of the Llyn peninsula and Anglesey in North Wales and they raised over £11,000 for BCPB. 

Dr Patrick Igulot


Patrick Igulot joined the Board of Trustees in 2019.  With a PhD in Quantitative Health Sociology, MA in Sociology, and BA Hons in Social Science he is a Lecturer at the University of Sunderland where he teaches Health, Social Care, and Health Research. Previously, he taught Sociology and Social Statistics at City, University of London.

Patrick has wide experience in health including strategic planning, service delivery, health research, and charity management. His experience in health is in developing and developed countries, mainly Uganda and UK.  He has held various positions in the charity sector including charity director.

He is an active and published health researcher with a combined 18 years of experience in health and teaching in higher education.

Miss Winifred Nolan


Winifred Nolan was appointed as a BCPB trustee in 2019, having previously been a member of the Advisory Panel for six years.  She trained in London and Singapore and then specialised in glaucoma, working as a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Birmingham between 2007-2010, and then at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

She first became interested in International Ophthalmology when she joined the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) in 1998 to conduct research into glaucoma in Mongolia where she set up mobile clinics to detect people with angle closure glaucoma (a common type of glaucoma in Asia) and treat them with laser.  This led to a long-term interest in glaucoma and working in low income countries to develop strategies for dealing with glaucoma blindness.  

Over the last few years the focus of her international work has moved from Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa where she has worked mainly in Ghana helping with the Tema Eye survey, and developing a course to train ophthalmologists from West Africa to do glaucoma surgery at Korle Bu hospital in Accra. 

She continues to work with patients with glaucoma at Moorfields and has also worked as Clinical Director at Moorfields St George’s.  In addition she is working back at ICEH developing research projects to deal with the high burden of glaucoma blindness in Africa.  

Mr John Salmon


John Salmon joined the BCPB Board in October 2019, having previously served on the Advisory Panel for six years.  He qualified as a doctor at the University of Pretoria in 1976 and trained as an ophthalmologist at various institutions in South Africa and England, becoming a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.  He was appointed Specialist Ophthalmologist at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town and became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, gaining extensive experience in the fields of glaucoma and ocular trauma, where he was awarded a doctorate. 

He was then appointed Consultant Ophthalmologist at Oxford Eye Hospital and was director of glaucoma services in Oxford for 25 years.  He became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Oxford, and was head of Oxford Eye Hospital from 2007-2010. 

He has been actively involved in teaching at the University of Oxford and teaching and examining at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. 

He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, including the latest edition of “Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology”, and is co-author of “Glaucoma – a colour manual of diagnosis and treatment”.  He has presented academic papers at national and international meetings, and has lectured to audiences all over the world.

Ms Elmien Wolvaardt


Elmien Wolvaardt joined the BCPB Board of Trustees in 2019. She is a journalist and BSc Applied Mathematics graduate with a background in health and science writing. Elmien worked for the South African Medical Research Council and the UK’s Science Media Centre (based at the Wellcome Trust) before being appointed as Editor of the Community Eye Health Journal, a quarterly publication by the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in 2007. Over the last 13 years she has facilitated the publication of hundreds of educational, informative and persuasive articles for the purpose of improving eye health in low and middle-income countries. The readership of the Journal includes health practitioners (allied eye health professionals, ophthalmic nurses, optometrists and ophthalmologists) as well as managers and policy makers.

Her interest in eye health began at the age of 7, when she was diagnosed with myopia, received her first pair of spectacles and saw, for the first time, the leaves and branches on trees.

Dr David Yorston


David Yorston was appointed as a BCPB Trustee in 2017 and is the Chairman of our Advisory Panel.  He is a consultant eye surgeon in Glasgow, specialising in retinal surgery.

His interest in prevention of blindness began when he visited Tanzania as a final year medical student, and saw the immense impact of avoidable blindness. He moved back to Tanzania after completing his residency in ophthalmology, and spent the next 15 years in East Africa working for CBM as a missionary ophthalmologist. During this time, he helped to establish Kikuyu Eye Unit as the first centre for corneal transplants, retinal surgery, and treatment of cataract in children in East Africa.

He has published over 60 peer-reviewed research papers. He is a member of the National Ophthalmic Database steering committee for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and of the ophthalmology grants advisory panel for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He is currently the President of the Britain & Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons, and external examiner for the MSc in Public Health for Eye Care at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.