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. You can reach any member of the team by calling the fundraising office on 01280 815900 or using the email addresses below.

During these uncertain times, the Fundraising Team at Retina UK are working remotely whenever possible. Please visit our Contact page for telephone numbers.

Deborah Laing

Head of Fundraising

I head up the team, formulate our overall strategy and secure funding from charitable foundations for research and services. I also manage our corporate partnerships, as well as our relationships with those supporters who are able to give significant gifts to Retina UK. I’ve worked as a fundraiser for ten years, 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

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

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

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.