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Read all about our long history and the fact file, and sets of annual reports and accounts.  Read our future strategy and about our state of the art national breeding centre in Leamington.  Find out more about the executive board and trustees and about Guide Dogs worldwide.


Managing Guide Dogs – our Executive Board

Guide Dogs’ Executive Team is accountable for our vision and strategy. It is responsible for the day-to-day management of Guide Dogs, acting under delegated authority given to it by the Board. It is important for Guide Dogs to have a highly effective leadership team in these senior roles. The members of the Executive Team as of October 2017 are:

Tom Wright CBE, Chief Executive
Steve Vaid, Deputy CEO
Jayne George, Director of Fundraising and Marketing
Mike Holt, Director of People and Business Services
David Warren, Interim Director of Finance
Wendy Rankin, Acting Director of Mobility Services

Our policy on executive pay

Guide Dogs is committed to greater transparency about voluntary sector pay and supports the recommendations in the National Council of Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) Report of the Enquiry into Charity Senior Executive Pay. To reflect this, we are publishing information on our pay policy and the pay of our chief officers in this annual report and on our website.

The current pay and terms and conditions for our Executive Officers were introduced in 2011 and are determined by our Remuneration Committee. This pay policy forms part of the contracts of employment of our Chief Executive and members of our Executive Board.

The policy aims to: 

  • Develop and sustain a culture of high performance standards from the top of Guide Dogs.
  • Recruit and retain talented people to maintain or improve Guide Dogs’ already high standards of performance and lead the organisation through the challenging changes we are facing.
  • Recognise Executive Officers for their personal contributions. 

A number of principles underpin the Board’s approach to Executive Officers’ pay: 

  • The amount paid should reflect the market for comparable jobs in comparable organisations, the performance of the organisation and the skills and contribution of the individual performing the role.
  • Increases to pay are ‘at risk’ because they depend on delivering results; this means it is a performance related pay scheme.
  • Performance is defined in a rounded way, including not only achievement of annual targets but also leadership and other behaviours, as well as success in developing Guide Dogs’ services in the longer term. 

Salary ranges

We allocate salaries to our executive roles based on factors such as the level
of knowledge, skills and experience required and the responsibilities and
accountabilities associated with the position. The Hay Group assesses the
scope of each Executive role and each Executive Officer is paid within a salary range applicable to their post. Progression within that range is dependent on their performance.

We review salary ranges annually and any decision to change them is taken by the Remuneration Committee. As part of the review, the Committee considers the level of pay in the sector using benchmark data collected by the Hay Group.

Other benefits

Benefits for Executive Officers are in line with those available to all staff. This includes a flexible benefits allowance of up to 3% of their salary.

Employer’s pension contributions are conditional on employee contributions and the same as equivalent contribution levels for all staff. Across Guide Dogs as a whole, the ratio between median salary and the highest salary at the end of 2016 was 1: 5.68

Executive Board: remuneration in 2016

The information below gives the Total Remuneration* of the Executive Board. This includes salary, allowances in lieu of pension scheme participation, benefits in kind, and pension contributions:

Richard Leaman, Group Chief Executive until 31.10.2016 - £124,492

Steve Vaid, Director of Mobility Services to 31.10.2016; Acting Chief Executive from
1.11.2016 - £112,288

Jayne George, Director of Fundraising and Marketing - £125,970

Tim Lowth, Director of Finance, Planning and Performance - £95,202

Mike Holt, Director of People and Business Services - £99,029

Wendy Rankin, Acting Director of Mobility Services from 1.11.2016.- £10,637.

In addition to the Total Remuneration, Richard Leaman received £116,703, of which £74,208 was a contractual payment in lieu of notice.

*As defined in guidance issued by the NCVO.

Employee involvement and employing people with disabilities

We are committed to transparency in our work and to involving employees in our decisions. We communicate with employees through day-to-day line management, team meetings, management visits to Guide Dogs’ offices, conferences and away days. We also communicate regularly through our intranet, internal publications and email. In addition, employees can raise any concerns they may have with the Consultation Partnership Group which encourages a flow of information up and down the organisation.

Guide Dogs has been awarded the Two Ticks symbol by Jobcentre Plus. The symbol identifies employers who have undertaken to meet five commitments on the employment, retention, training and career development of employees with disabilities. We apply the same principles to anyone who becomes disabled while employed by Guide Dogs. 




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