Dame Gail Ronson has been appointed president of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
She takes over at the eye health and sight loss charity from the Duke of Westminster.
Dame Gail, a leading charity fundraiser and campaigner, said the appointment was a “huge honour” and a “substantial responsibility”.
“For over 30 years I have been involved in charitable activities in the social welfare sector and I have been a supporter of RNIB for over a decade,” she said.
“My grandmother had a vision loss because of macular degeneration and I know only too well how invaluable it is to be able to access the right advice and support.
“I have visited some of RNIB's amazing centres and seen the life-changing work they do.”
An investiture ceremony will be held in October to mark Dame Gail’s elevation to the role.