The Peek Foundation strives to bring Vision and Health for Everyone Mission
To invest in the people, knowledge and tools that create stronger eye health systems for universal health coverage.
The Peek Vision Foundation is a registered charity in the UK. The Foundation wholly owns a trading company, Peek Vision Ltd, which is a legal manufacturer of medical devices; and an office in Botswana, Peek Vision (Pty) Ltd, established in 2019. All profits generated by the company’s activities ultimately belong to the Foundation. The Foundation uses its funds to build eye care capacity in low- and middle-income countries by supporting people, knowledge and tools.
General Trustee Role Description
Who are Trustees?
Trustees are experts in one or more fields of relevance to The Peek Vision Foundation, such as public health, charitable organisations, fundraising, financial planning, commercial strategy, organisational governance and oversight. Together they are responsible for controlling the administration and management of the Foundation.
The Foundation is a company limited by guarantee (company number 09919543 (link)). It has no shareholders and is a registered UK charity (charity number 1165960 (link)). Its Directors (link) also serve as Trustees (link), acting as guardians of its charitable Objects, as set out in its Memorandum and Articles:-
“For the public benefit, anywhere in the world:
1) the advancement of health and the relief of sickness or suffering (in particular but not exclusively eye health) including without limitation improving eye health systems through supporting the development, validation and deployment of technology, research, training of eye care personnel, capacity building, education, information dissemination and advocacy; 2) the advancement of education and research, in particular but not exclusively in relation to eye health and ophthalmology, by any charitable means including enhancing the knowledge and skills of healthcare and non-healthcare workers such as accident and emergency staff, medical students, general practitioners, nurses, consultants, optometrists, orthoptists, ophthalmologists, volunteers and teachers; 3) the advancement of such other charitable purposes (according to the law of England and Wales) as the trustees see fit from time to time, in order to reduce the occurrence of avoidable blindness in particular but not exclusively in people living in poverty.”
The Board of Trustees
The Trustees operate and make decisions as a Board. The role of the Board is to ensure the Trustees discharge their obligations correctly and within the scope of the Objects, including safeguarding the Foundation’s assets for its charitable purposes. The Board appoints its own Chair from amongst the Trustees and invites advice and guidance from external sources, as well as executive and operational management from within the Foundation and its wholly owned subsidiary Peek Vision Limited.
In this way the Board oversees the Foundation’s management, determines its policy and ensures, monitors and reports on its implementations.
Scope and Duties of the Trustee Role
The scope of a Trustee’s role is defined by four things:
- the general statutory obligations of Trustees, primarily established by The Charities Act 1993 (link) to ensure compliance with charity and company law in England and Wales and any other relevant legislation or regulation applying to its activities in the UK or elsewhere;
- the specific legal status and Objects of the Foundation, as defined in its Memorandum and Articles of Association;
- The Board manual, as approved by the Board and which defines the specific responsibilities of the Board;
- any additional projects, areas of responsibility, or areas of advice and expertise that the Trustee may take on from time to time, including any areas described in
the applicable Trustee Role Description.
Collectively these elements define the Trustee’s duties to aid the proper administration and management of the Foundation. Those duties are executed by providing approvals, assurances and accountability in the following manner:
- ● ensuring that the Foundation pursues its Objects;
- ● ensuring that the Foundation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance ofthose Objects;
- ● evaluating investments and ensuring good and stable financial management;
- ● approving budgets;
- ● defining the vision, mission and strategy of the Foundation;
- ● contributing actively to the Board’s role of giving firm strategic direction to theFoundation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and
evaluating performance against those agreed targets;
- ● using any specific skills, knowledge or experience a Trustee may have to help theBoard reach sound decisions;
- ● appointing executives at the Foundation and Directors of Peek Vision Limited;
- ● management of legal liabilities and adherence to obligations;
- ● safeguarding the good name and values of the Foundation; and
- ● supporting the Chief Executive and monitoring and evaluating his/herperformance .
Excluded from Trustee roles and duties is the operational management of the Foundation, including of its projects and interests, including its subsidiary, Peek Vision Limited.
Minimum Time Commitment
Trustees are expected to attend at least 75% of Board meetings annually (except where prevented by illness). Board meetings are held approximately every twelve weeks (4 times per year) and last around 2 1⁄2 hours. Video/phone conference attendance is permissible, however in person is preferred.
Trustees are also expected to participate in the general affairs of the Foundation, as appropriate and in accordance with any special expertise. This may include visits to head office or local projects, involvement in fundraising, participation in events and acting as links between the Board and a particular area of the Foundation’s activity.
Trustee tenure is 3 years after which they may be re elected, up to a maximum of 9 years.
Each Trustee must bring:
- ● personal commitment to the mission of the Foundation
- ● personal integrity
- ● a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trusteee.g. meetings and other commitments 10-12 days per year;
- ● an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities andliabilities of being a trustee;
- ● an ability to think strategically and creatively and provide advice;
- ● sound, independent judgment;
- ● an ability to communicate well; and
- ● an ability and desire to work as a member of a team.Every Trustee shares the following characteristics:
- ● a commitment to the vision, mission and values of the Foundation;
- ● knowledge of or a desire to quickly understand the key challenges andopportunities facing eye care, especially in low and middle-income contexts;
- ● an understanding of the Foundation’s role within international eye care,international development and the health industry;
- ● an appreciation and full support of the Foundation’s accountability to its donorsand other funders;
- ● the ability and commitment to represent the Peek Vision Foundation, itsobjectives and its remit publicly and to a wide range of specialist audiences;
- ● a commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.The Board seeks to maintain its collective skills and experience in the following specific areas through the specialist expertise and skills of the Trustees:
- ● fundraising
- ● human resources
- ● media and communications
- ● governance/legal matters (charities)
- ● partner or beneficiary representative