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.
Steve Vaid, Acting Chief Executive
Steve joined Guide Dogs in July 2013 as Director of Mobility Services / Deputy CEO responsible for the charity’s guide dogs, my guide, children’s, and adults services across the UK. He was subsequently appointed Acting Chief Executive in November 2016.
Steve’s career has spanned both the private and not-for-profit sector and he has worked for organisations including Price Waterhouse, BUPA, Australia Mutual Provident, King’s College London Student’s Union and Action for Blind People / RNIB. He spent a year volunteering with VSO in Rwanda, where he worked across the disability sector. He also completed a Master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Management at Cass Business School.
Steve is a Trustee of Water Aid, an international development charity providing focused on getting safe water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone everywhere around the world. He also sits on the board of the International Guide Dogs Federation (IGDF) and Assistance Dogs UK.
Mike Holt, Director of People & 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 & Training & Development and Continuous Improvement Manager roles. For the last three years Mike has also been Trustee of a Charity (600 employees) that manages residential care homes for older people across seventeen locations.
Jayne George, Director of Fundraising & Marketing
Jayne joined Guide Dogs in December 2007, having previously been Head of Fundraising at the RNLI for eight years.
Between 1990 and 2007, Jayne held a number of marketing roles with well-known retailers, followed by a period as a consultant before her move to the charity sector.
Jayne has been instrumental in bringing together the Fundraising and Marketing directorates enabling a more integrated approach within Guide Dogs. Her drive and ambition also led to the acquisition of the National Blind Children's Society (now Blind Children UK) in 2013 to offer a greater range of services to blind and partially sighted young people across the UK.
Tim Lowth, Director of Finance, Planning & Performance
Before joining Guide Dogs in 2009, Tim was Finance Director of Biffa, one of the UK’s largest waste management groups. Prior to this Tim worked for one of the major accounting firms. Tim is responsible for Guide Dogs' finances, its planning processes, and the monitoring of performance. Tim's other passion is for wildlife: for a number of years he has been a trustee of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, one of the UK’s network of 47 local wildlife trusts.