Meet the team

We are a small and friendly team of enthusiastic fundraisers passionate about raising as much money as possible to fund pioneering research and vital services.

During these uncertain times, we are working remotely whenever possible and so unfortunately it is unlikely that we will be able to answer our fundraising office telephone number (01280 815900). To reach our team, please either email us or call us using the individual contact details below.

Deborah Laing

Head of Fundraising
07841 004564

I head up the team, formulate our overall strategy and secure some of our more substantial funding for research and services. I manage our relationships with the pharmaceutical industry, ensuring that we work together in an ethical and transparent way to achieve the very best outcomes for our community. I also look after our appeals and mailings, including the Christmas raffle and the Big Give Christmas Challenge, raising income from the wonderful supporters who give so generously every year. I’ve worked as a fundraiser for many years now, and I love being part of a charity that’s so focused on creating real change.

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor

Community and Events Fundraising Manager
07736 925174

I’m here to help any of our supporters who want to fundraise in their community. Whether you’re thinking of taking on a challenge or want to pull something together with your family and friends, get in touch and I’ll be happy to support you to make your fundraising a success. I’ve worked in fundraising for seven years, helping everyone from families and volunteer groups to community clubs and corporates. I look forward to helping you achieve your goal for Retina UK!


Alice Capper

Trusts and Major Gifts Officer
07841 481423

My role includes researching suitable charitable trusts and foundations and assisting with sending applications for funding. I also co-ordinate the stewardship of some of our most significant supporters; sending messages of thanks and regular charitable updates. Being part of a small, close-knit team means I can get involved in a variety of different areas of fundraising too, which I love!

Fiona Leahy

Corporate Partnerships Officer
07736 958207

My role is to maintain and develop effective relationships with our existing corporate partners, as well as researching new prospective supporters to expand our network.

I explore and develop opportunities to grow our income, whilst facilitating ways for our partners to fulfil their corporate social responsibility requirements and engage in employee fundraising and volunteering.