Orbis Africa is fortunate to be governed by a highly experienced and skilled Board of Directors whose members contribute far more than guidance, governance and strategic direction; they lead the organisation with passion and commitment. Holding full fiduciary, legal and ethical responsibilities, the Board ensures Orbis Africa is best positioned to fulfill its mission to build the long-term capabilities of selected eye care institutions in developing countries.

The Orbis Africa Board of Directors


Mr Rob Walters
Consultant eye surgeon in Cardiff UK; practiced at the University Hospital of Wales until 2009 working in the National Health Service for thirty years; Examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London and Edinburg; Orbis volunteer surgeon since 1994

South African Based:

Professor Emeritus Anthony Murray
Former Head of Ophthalmology at the University of Cape Town (1985 – 2006); President of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (1991, 1992); Vice-President of the International Strasbismological Association (1998-2002); Expert Advisor on Childhood Blindness to the World Health Organisation (2002 – 2004)

Professor Emeritus Shirley Pendlebury
Former Director of the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town (2007-2012); former Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand; currently a thought partner to the Social Connectedness Programme of Synergos South Africa; serves on the editorial boards of five international journals and on the Research Committee of the South African Qualifications Authority 

Professor Debra Meyer
Professor of Biochemistry and Executive Dean of Science at the University of Johannesburg; holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis in the United States and completed modules in Media Strategy and Academic Leadership at Harvard and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science; an Independent Non-Executive Director of Naspers and Media 24 where she also serves as Member of several Committees; freelance journalist and published poet

Professor John Mcgregor *
Former British High Commissioner; served in New Delhi (Political Secretary), Prague (DHM) and Paris (Political Counsellor) before being appointed Ambassador to Poland and Austria; Commander to the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) recognised for distinguished personal serice to the order's Sovereign; former Dean of the University of Ken and Governer of Chichester University; former Visiting Professor of International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México until 2013 and remains in a similar post at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Lene Øverland (CEO Orbis Africa; Director of Programme Orbis Europe, Middle East and Africa) - Ex.Officio
An international specialist in public health advocacy and programming on a strategic and operational level, strategic communications and non-profit organisational management;former Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for Orbis International and leading consultant for not-for profit organisations across Southern Africa; former Editor of the quarterly journal of the Women’s Media Watch and later the Director of Programme focusing on programme development, policy advocacy, training and research; served on the Minister of Communications’ advisory committee on Gender and Communications

United Kingdom Representative:

Nigel Young
Finance Director of several UK public companies; trained with KPMG in London and in addition to a degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham, also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science;  a strong interest in corporate sustainability and social responsibility that has led to a growing involvement in charitable activities focused on development and the relief of poverty

Rebecca Cronin (CEO United Kingdom; Regional Director Orbis Europe, Middle East and Africa) - Ex. Officio
A skilled leader with 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector including roles in fundraising, donor relations, communications, public relations, grants administration, programme design and implementation, senior management and board membership; appointed to several critical leadership positions including Head of the Moscow-based office of the Charities Aid Foundation during the collapse of the Soviet Union

United States of America Representative:

Mr Adrian Paull (Board of Directors of Orbis International)
Vice President of Customer and Product Support for Honeywell’s Aerospace business with over thirty years’ leadership experience in customer support, business management and business development; Member of the Institute of Incorporated Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

*Registration as a full board member is currently pending with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission of South Africa