The Charity is very fortunate in having the support of Patrons and Ambassadors who use their knowledge, networks and contacts to promote the development of HVL, including supporting fundraising.


Herts Vision Loss currently has the following patrons:-

Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE

Chris Holmes is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer winning a total of 9 golds, 5 silvers and 1 bronze. He was also Director of Paralympic Integration, responsible for the organisation of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Chris is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology and the benefits of diversity and inclusion. He campaigns for more accessible environments for disabled people and is working to end the injustice of unpaid internships.
In Parliament Chris is a member of the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence and has been a member of Committees on Digital SkillsSocial Mobility and Financial Exclusion. He is co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Assistive Technology, Fintech, blockchain and the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Chris sits on the Future Talent Steering Group which offers thought leadership on the future of work and how best to develop opportunities and skills for people and organisations in a changing world. Chris is also Chair of Ignite, an innovation and change consultancy that applies lessons from elite sport to a broad range of business situations, inspiring teams and achieving outstanding results for clients in the public and private sector”.


The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Born in Hertfordshire in 1968, Grant was educated at Watford Grammar and Cassio College Watford, before studying Business & Finance at Manchester in the late 1980s. In 1990, Grant founded his own printing company at the age of just 21.

Grant was elected as MP for Welwyn Hatfield at the 2005 General Election and re-elected In May 2010, after which, he became Minister of State for Housing & Local Government in the Coalition Government.

Our ambassadors:


Tony Bradburn

Tony was the Managing Director of Berol Kemi UK Ltd and Business Development Director of Aon Consulting Financial Services. He took semi retirement in 2004 and was Bureau Manager of Welwyn Hatfield Citizen Advice Bureau until October 2008. He currently runs a small consultancy practice providing pre-retirement seminars for the NHS.


Teresa Heritage

Teresa has been a member of Hertfordshire County Council since 2008 representing Harpenden South. She is currently the Executive Member for Public Health and Localism and Chair’s the County Council’s Public Health and Localism Panel, the Armed Forces Community Covenant Board and the Hertfordshire Lifestyle and Legacy Partnership. She is also a District Councillor serving on St Albans City and District Council since 2001.

Teresa worked for a FTSE 100 company for nearly 30 years within the Company Secretarial and Investor Relations spheres. She is currently a consultant with Equiniti dealing with Corporate Governance, when council duties allow.