'Joe joined RNIB in 1995 as senior PR officer as I was starting to build the corporate communications team. He was an instant hit with colleagues and media contacts.
'His gentle nature masks a fierce intellect and a real passion to change the world for the good. He is also politically astute and a gifted campaigner.
'Joe ensured RNIB stayed one step ahead of the government spin machine with an effective campaign to protect benefits for disabled people. He became comms manager in 1996 and news group manager in 2002.
'I'm proud the RNIB now has a highly talented in-house PR team.'
Joe Korner is now director of comms at The Stroke Association.