Dr Caroline Harper, OBE
Dr Caroline Harper graduated in Physics from Bristol University in 1981, and went on to Churchill College, Cambridge to do a PhD in Energy Studies. She worked in the gas industry until 2002, working for British Gas and then Hess corporation. As Managing Director she built Hess UK's gas and electricity trading and marketing business from scratch, until it was sold in 2002 for £120 million.
From 2002 to 2005 Caroline ran her own interim management business, specialising in turnaround and sale of energy businesses, as well as travelling extensively. She was also on the board of Notting Hill Housing Association in London.
Caroline joined Sightsavers as CEO in 2005, inspired by the focus of the mission, which has personal resonance for her as she has blindness in her family. The organisation has expanded significantly since then, both in terms of income and impact, and Caroline believes strongly that it needs to tackle the problems of today, while driving for systemic change to deal with the root cause of those problems.
Caroline received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol in 2013.