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Cardiff Institute for the Blind appoint new director of operations

Cardiff  Institute for the Blind, a charity that provides services to partially sighted and blind people across South Wales, has appointed Kieran Harris, pictured, as its new director of operations.

Mr Harris, 39, has nearly 20 years’ experience in the public, private and third sector.

He has led marketing campaigns for international tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon, managed community relations and public affairs for the likes of Sainsbury’s and British Gas, lobbied on behalf of the brewing industry and developed public health and sport policy for the Welsh Government.

He joins the organisation from RNIB Cymru and will take overall responsibility for managing the charity and its 13 staff.

Cardiff Institute for the Blind is the oldest charity in Cardiff and was founded in 1865 by Frances Batty Shand, the daughter of a Jamaican plantation owner.

Mr Harris takes over the charity at a time of historic transition. It recently moved from Shand House on Newport Road, its home since 1953, and is due to move to a new office and dedicated centre in Womanby Street, close to the Millennium Stadium, later this year.

Mr Harris said: “I am genuinely excited about the challenge of making a difference to the increasing numbers of people that will experience some form of sight loss due to issues such as age, obesity and diabetes.

“We already support over 3,500 people with different forms of sight loss but we know there are thousands more that need advice and support to maintain or improve the physical and emotional health and to enjoy fulfilled lives.

“The move to a new building with RNIB Cymru this year will present us with a great opportunity to build relationships with members of the public, the business sector and other partners.”

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