Sheffield-born charity boss who led change dies aged 66

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The Sheffield-born chief executive of the national blind servicemen’s charity has died aged 66.

Robert Leader was the chief of Blind Veterans UK, and during 13 years at the helm oversaw reorganisation including the opening of two new national centres, one in Ranmoor, Sheffield, and a re-naming of the charity formerly known as St Dunstan’s.

Chairman Tim Davis said: “Robert’s death is a terrible loss for everyone at Blind Veterans UK. He took the organisation through a period of historic growth.”

Mr Leader worked initially in the banking and furniture industries, before moving to the public and voluntary sectors where he spent most of his career. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January, and is survived by a wife, two grown-up children and three grandchildren.