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5 November 2021

Glaucoma UK CEO to step down from role in the New Year

Karen Osborn smiles at the camera, she's stood against a purple wall wearing a yellow jacket

Glaucoma UK announces that Karen Osborn, its Chief Executive Officer, will be stepping down from the role early in the New Year.

“After five rewarding years as Chief Exec of this brilliant charity, I want to let you know that I’ve decided to move on,” said Karen Osborn. “I’ve enjoyed my time at the charity enormously and I’m proud to leave it in a strong position. It’s been a real delight to work with so many of our members and the professionals who support them. It’s time now for a new challenge but I will continue to support the Board until the end of January.”

Since 2016, Karen has played a critical role in the development, growth and success of the organisation. Karen has overseen the evolution of the charity from ‘The International Glaucoma Association’ to ‘Glaucoma UK’, modernised our exciting research grants program and expanded the organisation’s regional support provision. Under her leadership, the charity’s services have grown and become more easily accessible to all people living with glaucoma in the UK.

It is with both sadness and deep gratitude that I announce that after five years of service, Karen Osborn will be leaving her position as Chief Executive Officer at Glaucoma UK. We are extremely grateful to Karen for the energy and vision that she dedicated to our organisation,” said Prof Philip Bloom, Chair of Trustees at Glaucoma UK. “Karen has built a great team, and I have every confidence in our staff’s ability to make this a smooth transition.”

The Board of Trustees have appointed Prospectus to work with them in recruiting a new Chief Executive for the charity. Full information about the role and how to apply is available via the following link:

Karen will be greatly missed but she leaves Glaucoma UK in a very strong position for the future. All of us at Glaucoma UK thank Karen most sincerely for her leadership and contributions.