Speaker List

David Henson, Emeritus Professor and Clinical Advisor, University of Manchester/Elektron Eye Technology

Colin Parsloe, Ophthalmologist, Milton Keynes University Hospital

Colin Parsloe works as a general Ophthalmologist in very busy NHS clinics. He sees a lot of Dry Eye Disease and have developed a simple pragmatic approach to diagnosis and management of this condition. He is also a researcher involved as an author of the tear film and oculus surface dry eye workshop two TFOS DEWS II report. He assists medical technology and pharmaceutical companies in developing as well as assessing dry eye therapeutics. He has published various patents and develop intellectual property related to dry Eye disease. He is an invited key speaker at national and international ophthalmology and optometry conferences. He has developed a phenomenal online training course in pragmatic dry eye disease diagnosis and management. This is targeted at general Ophthalmologists and optometrists as well as any other eye care specialists such as Nurses, GP’s, pharmacists and pharmaceutical sales representatives. His passion is in furthering the education of his colleagues in how to diagnose and manage dry eye disease. Colin hosts a series of intimate interviews with key opinion leaders from all over the world who are managing dry eye disease. This is hosted on his website http://mydryeye.com/interviews/ He also has personal experience as a patient and as somebody suffering from dry eye disease myself. I’m aware of the impact this has on my patient’s quality of life. This is one of the driving forces behind his trying to improve the awareness and education of simple diagnostic and treatment approaches in busy clinics.

Dr Scott Mackie, Optometrist, Mackie Consultants

Dr Scott Mackie has been an IP optometrist for over 10 years. He runs a community practice and a Peer Assisted Learning group in Lanarkshire for NES NHS Scotland. He is a workshop demonstrator for the IP course at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Clare Gaba, Head of Marketing and Communications, Louis Stone Optical and Founder and Managing Director of weflourish

Clare Gaba has over 11 years’ experience in social media and marketing, with over 4 of those years working for prestigious international optical distributor, Louis Stone (Optical). Clare single-handedly created and manages the Louis Stone Instagram (@louisstoneoptic) that has over 11,000 followers and secured a top 3 spot in the AOP Marketing Initiative of the Year 2018 - their account has the largest number of followers of any optical distributor on Instagram in the UK! Clare was proud to be selected as a judge at the Digital Experience Awards last year and runs a freelance marketing consultancy called weflourish where, aside from Louis Stone, she has a number of clients across industries such as design and food!

Eva Davé, Director, Eyewear Styling Academy and Mincher Lockett & Co Opticians

Eyewear styling expert, Eva Davé is an award winning Optical Practice Owner, Optometrist, Image & Colour Consultant and the founder of Eyewear Styling Academy, where she has created the U.K.’s first e-learning certified Eyewear Stylist Course. Eva’s passion for empowering her clients to discover and embrace their perfect style and eyewear has seen her practice grow by 150% in the last 3 years. Her practice has been named as one of the top 5 fashion practices in the UK for 2 years running, plus received achievements for outstanding customer service. Eva is often called upon for style advice by the media and regularly gives talks focused on eyewear and style.

Elaine Styles, Chair of Trustees, Vision Care for Homeless People

Elaine Styles is currently Chair of Trustees for Vision Care for Homeless People. She is an Optometrist who works at Moorfields Eye Hospital and independent private practice. She first started working with homeless people through the Crisis Christmas in 1997. In 2003 she joined together with 3 other optometrists to start running a clinic at Crisis Skylight, which was the start of Vision Care for Homeless People. This is a charity set-up to provide eyecare services to homeless and other vulnerable people in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable.

Ob Malope, Managing Director, Visionstryt

Ob Malope is a global speaker within the Healthcare Industry, with special interest on business related topics, such as Business Analytics; Business Development and Enhancement; Leadership and Professional Development; Strategic Advisory and Sales and Marketing Management Whatever the business topic of discussion, Ob is your go to guy for facilitation and execution. His practical examples in discussions and personal touch of challenging the status quo will lever you with riveting and thought provoking strategies you can apply.

Dan Williams, Founder, Visualise Training and Consultancy

Daniel Williams, a man on a mission with low vision, Founder of Visualise Training and Consultancy gives a unique perspective to Optometrists and Opticians of how to enhance patient experience for patients with low vision. Daniel is a qualified Rehabilitation Assistant for people with a visual impairment and an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer and works UK wide to make services more inclusive for blind and partially sighted people. Daniel has being leading on a UK wide CET roadshow to empower eyecare professionals to support low vision patients effectively.

Dr Shelby Temple, Honorary Researcher and Director, University of Bristol/Azul Optics

Dr Shelby Temple is a visual neuroscientist, whose research has investigated pigments in the eye that reduce our risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He is an Honorary Research Associate at University of Bristol and Chief Science Officer at Azul Optics, where he helped develop and clinically test the MP-eye, which enables optometrist to quickly and easily assess a risk factor for AMD. Dr Temple is actively involved in developing/delivering CET courses on the dangers of high energy visible (blue) light and reactive oxygen species as well as how macular pigments protect the retina from photo-chemical damage and AMD.

Vasilios Papastefanou, MD, PhD, ASIS FRPS, MRCOphth, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Affiliated with Medical Retina Service, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Vasilios Papastefanou completed his basic training in Athens, Greece. He has completed two Medical Retina fellowships at St. James` University Hospital in Leeds and at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, a two-year fellowship in Ocular Oncology at St. Bartholomew`s Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and a fellowship in Oculoplastic, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He is currently a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal London Hospital and at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has over 20 peer reviewed publications and over 80 presentations in national and international meetings. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist. He has been working extensively on Swept Source OCT and Swept Source OCT angiography since 2014 originally on the Atlantis and subsequently on the Triton Platforms.

Susan Bowers, Optometrist, Susan Bowers Optometrists

In 2009 Susan became one of the first 30 Optometrists in Britain to become an Independent Prescriber. She is a member of the BCLA faculty and has lectured on Hay Fever and Allergy. She has filmed a dry eye workshop for OTLive on the web, which is now on YouTube. Susan has lead peer review groups in therapeutics for the BCLA and is now facilitating peer discussion for the AOP and the College. She sat and passed her AAO fellowship in 2014. She gained the Higher Certificate in Glaucoma July 2016 at Moorfields/UCL. She is a visiting lecturer at City University in dry eye on the contact lens courses. On 24th April 2019 Susan will sit her viva for the Diploma in Glaucoma from Moorfields/UCL.

Kelly Plahay, Optometrist and Company Director, DPAAS (UK) Ltd

Kelly Plahay is an Optometrist and Practice Owner. She has previously sat on the Board Of Directors at ABDO, the Fitness to Practice Panel at the GOC and is currently the Vice Chairperson of The Eyecare Trust. Kelly is a member of The College of Optometrists and The Association of Optometrists. She has also completed additional WOPEC qualifications in Glaucoma and continues to enhance her clinical skills. Kelly is also a committee member of the Calderdale and Kirklees LOC. Currently Clinical Director of Selbie Opticians in Huddersfield and Director of DPAAS (UK) Ltd.

Kieran McGrath, Dispensing Optician, Specsavers Hanley

Kieran McGrath has worked in optics for 8 years and has spent most of his time in practice as an In-Store Trainer for Specsavers where he writes and delivers a variety of training presentations. With a range of experience coaching in different topics within optics, his main speciality is focusing on Lenses and Dispensing. He graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a Distinction in Ophthalmic Dispensing in 2016 and is now starting the Career Progression course at the University of Bradford.

Jo Mackenzie, Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

Roy Carpenter, Optometrist

Roy was always interested in flying and after a tour of U.S.A representing Britain was prime material to be an R.A.F. Pilot – but alas failed the final eye-sight test. In revenge he qualified as an optometrist but as soon as his salary was sufficient, qualified as a pilot and over the year worked up to be a Chief Flying Instructor and Commercial pilot. Optically he was always interested in non-spectacle vision correction, was awarded the contact lens prize and worked with Norman Bier for 4 years and apart from a spell as M.D. of Norville Opticians, concentrated on contact lens and laser sight correction. He moved to the Algarve in 2022 after the deaths of 5 of his friends, combining optometry and flying there. It was here that he had an extremely moving experience which led him to take an interest in Cognitive Disorder patients.

Kirit Patel, Optometrist, Radlett Opticians

Kirit Patel graduated from Aston Optometry School in 1986, and qualified as an optometrist with the British College of Optometrists in February 1988. He has been in private optometric practice in Radlett since 1991, and first used the fundus camera in practice 22 years ago with a 1 million pixel camera backing. He was involved with the Whittington diabetic screening programme and participated in diabetic screening in Hertfordshire. Kirit has extensively written case histories including neuro-optometry, glaucoma, OCT and rare ophthalmic conditions seen in general practice. Radlett Opticians has won 4 Optician Awards in 11 years – 3 for Technology Practice of the Year and one for Optometrist of the Year. This year the practice and Kirit was involved in helping Docet in preparing an educational video on the use of OCT and Slit-Lamp.

Usman Rasul, Optometrist, Eyeconic Eyewear

Usman is a member of the General Optical Council (GOC) and Association of Optometrists (AOP). He has over 14 years of optometric experience, working in major optical retail chains. He has provided clinical supervision and in-practice assessment to student optometrists during their pre-registration year. He is a STEM Ambassador and promotes optics to schools and colleges. Usman is a Healthcare Science T Level Advisory Panel Member, working with the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education, in conjunction with the Department of Education.

Professor Mo Jalie, Author and internationally renowned optician, scholar and lens designer. Professor Jalie also has an honorary degree of DSc for his services to Ulster Optometry/Health., Ulster University

Professor M Jalie SMSA, FBDO(Hons) SLD, DSc, Hon FCGI, Hon FCOptom, MCMI is Visiting Professor in Optometry to the optometry course at Ulster University in the UK. He also works as a consultant to the ophthalmic industry. He was the Head of Department of Applied Optics at City & Islington College from 1986 to 1995 where he had taught optics, ophthalmic lenses and dispensing from 1964. He is recognised as an international authority on the design of spectacle lenses and has written several books including Principles of Ophthalmic Lenses, first published in 1967 and now in its fifth edition, which is recognised as a standard text on the subject and has been translated into Mandarin. His most recent book, Ophthalmic Lenses & Dispensing (3rd Edition 2004), has been translated into Russian. He is the author of some 200 papers on ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses, intra-ocular lenses and dispensing. He holds patents for aspheric spectacle lenses and intra-ocular lenses. He has also produced several educational CDs and runs a web-based course in Spectacle Lens Design leading to the qualification FBDO(Hons) SLD.

Gavin Rebello, Business Coach, Practice Owner, Optometrist, Storm

Whilst Gavin Rebello has a background in optometry, he spends more of his time helping leaders (inside and outside of optics) and their teams reach their potential. As the cliche goes…happy teams, happy customers, happy business. For the last 20 years he has owned and run independent practices and is a founding director and coach at Storm.

Paul Morris, Director of Professional Advancement, Specsavers

Paul is the Director of Professional Advancement for Specsavers in the UK and Ireland. The role involves furthering clinical scope, professional services, standards, training and shaping future strategy for the group, including audiology and ophthalmology. Paul is also the Ophthalmic Director of the Bridgend and Porthcawl stores in South Wales. Outside Specsavers, Paul has been a Director of FODO, Chair of the Optical Confederation IT and Information Committee as well as an Optometry Wales Vice Chair. He has previously undertaken work as a clinical supervisor for the AOP and was founder and Director of BAM Optical Training & Solutions that delivered teaching to optometrists and pharmacists in ocular pathology. Paul has also held positions within the hospital eye service as well as the School of Optometry and Visual Science in Cardiff and in 2011 began working within WOPEC (Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre) to deliver postgraduate training and inform policy.

Doug Perkins, Co-Founder and Joint CEO, Specsavers

Co-founder and joint CEO of Specsavers, Doug Perkins is a qualified and registered optometrist of more than 50 years. He and his wife Dame Mary, who he met when they were studying optometry in Cardiff, established Specsavers’ joint venture partnership model in 1984 with the vision of making eyecare more affordable. A leading figure in optometry and audiology, Doug is accountable for the overall success of the Specsavers partnership in ten countries, with more than 23 million customers in the UK alone. He is firmly focused on the advancement of professionalism and healthcare within the optical sector. Doug has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Cardiff and Swansea Universities and Honorary Doctorates from Anglia Ruskin, Plymouth and Glasgow Caledonian Universities for his pioneering and innovative contributions to the development of health care in this country and overseas, with particular reference to optometry, and his support for the evolution of professional education in optometry.

Mark Holloway, Optometrist, Thomas and Holloway Opticians

Jane Gray, Optometrist, Jane Gray Eyecare

Jason Rickaby, Optometrist, Jason Rickaby Opticians

Probash Chowdhury, Scientific Leader, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

GSK are one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, employing approximately 100,000 people and with an annual turnover of over £30billion (2017). Probash has worked as a toxicologist and nonclinical safety expert on several global drug development teams at GSK for 20 years. He often represents GSK when discussing their new medicines with Government Regulatory Agencies. He is a STEM Ambassador and has set up and facilitated a number of GSK training courses for schools, universities, internal staff and Government Departments. He delivers training for apprentices and industry year students within GSK. He took an active role in the British Toxicology Society from 1995 to 2016. Probash is the Chair of the Healthcare Science T Level Advisory Panel working with the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships.

Dr Peter Frampton, Independent Prescriber Optometrist, Aaron Optometrists

Peter Frampton trained as an Optometrist at QUT, Brisbane Australia; he moved to Britain in 1986 and took ownership of Aaron Optometrists in 1993. A Masters Degree with Distinction in Ocular Therapeutics was attained from Bradford University. In 2009 Peter achieved Additional Supply and Supplementary Prescribing status and was one of the first 30 optometrists to pass the Independent Prescriber common assessment in the same year. Peter is very proud to have been made a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in 2011. ‘Tonometry: A study in biomechanical modelling’ was the title of Peter’s Doctoral research which was successfully completed in 2017. While no further formal study is planned, Peter thoroughly enjoys mentoring the highly motivated ‘Masters of Optometry’ students from Manchester University.

Professor Bruce Evans, Director of Research, Institute of Optometry

Professor Bruce Evans is Director of Research at the Institute of Optometry and a Visiting Professor to City, University of London and to London South Bank University. He is a Fellow (by examination) of the College of Optometrists (FCOptom) and holds their higher qualifications of Diploma in Contact Lens Practice and Diploma in Orthoptics. He was awarded Fellowship of the British Contact Lens Association in 2006. He has produced over 230 publications, has given more than 250 invited lectures, and has authored five books on binocular vision and two on dyslexia and vision. He also has an optometric practice in Brentwood, Essex.

Gurraj Jabbal, Professional Services Consultant, CooperVision

A MECs accredited optometrist having qualified from UMIST in 2003 is currently vice chairperson for Wolverhampton LOC being responsible for IT, social media, managing and delivering CET. Working as a Professional Services Consultant for CooperVision, Gurraj is responsible for the creation management and delivery of CET as well as contact lens category education for eyecare practitioners.Recent clinical roles include senior optometrist for Scrivens Opticians overseeing training pre-registration optometrists and a member of their professional services committee. Previously an optometry business owner, Gurraj has a background of business, clinical skills and professional services.

Richard Edwards, Professional Advisor, Optical Consumer Complaints Service

Richard Edwards qualified as an optometrist in 1987 and was Director of Professional Services at Boots Opticians before launching OPTOMiSE Consulting in 2014. Richard has worked on a consultancy basis for the GOC Policy team around contact lens compliance since 2014 supporting the development of both the Love Your Lenses and Land The Message campaigns. Richard has extensive experience in delivery of leadership coaching sessions and has facilitated over 70 CET approved peer group discussions in recent years. Richard is Professional Advisor to the Optical Consumer Complaints Service, chairs the Optical Confederation Education Committee and is a member of the GOC Companies Committee. Richard has also lead the Learning & Development function at Boots and has broad experience of L&D facilitation. He is also a former member of the CBI Education & skills committee and away from optics has held the position of Director of HR & Professional Services at the UKs largest chain of podiatry clinics.

Professor James Wolffsohn, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Aston University

Following a 1st class Optometry degree from Manchester, a pre-registration year at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London, a PhD at Cardiff University and a clinical/research fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Professor Wolffsohn was appointed by Aston University in 2000, where he was Head of Optometry 2004-9 and Deputy Executive Dean for Life and Health Sciences 2009-16, being awarded a personal Chair in 2007. He is now associate Pro-Vice Chancellor. James has published over 200 peer reviewed academic papers and given numerous international presentations. His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and the tear film. He is the academic Chair of the British Contact Lens Association, having been a past president, was a harmoniser and sub-committee chair for TFOS DEWS II and joint-Chair of the International Myopia Institute reports.

Saoirse McCrann, Optometrist and PhD researcher in Myopia Control, Dublin Institute of Technology

Saoirse McCrann is an Optometrist and PhD researcher at the Centre for Eye Research in Technological University Dublin. Saoirse’s passion is to tackle the current myopia crisis, and thus carried out PhD research focusing on finding new ways and means to limit the progression of myopia in children. Saoirse has carried out the first study in the world to investigate an association between mobile phone use and shortsightedness, and has also published research exploring parental attitudes toward myopia and awareness of the condition. Saoirse is a clinical trial investigator on the MOSAIC clinical trial and, along Prof. James Loughman and Mr Ian Flitcroft, is investigating the potential of 0.01% unpreserved atropine in slowing the progression of myopia in children. This exciting, novel clinical trial is a primary focus of Saoirse’s research in pioneering advances for the control and prevention of myopia in children.

Sarah Long, Professional Affairs Consultant, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Karen Chambers, Professional Affairs Consultant, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Pam Ernest, Professional Affairs Consultant, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Faye McDearmid, Professional Affairs Consultant, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Jayshree Vasani, ABDO London Sub Regional Lead

For nearly three decades, Jayshree has been working in retail optics in mainly independent practices. This includes a five year interim at the Institute of Optometry (IOO), being involved in primary eyecare services, SpLd clinics, research and pre-reg optometry training. Jayshree is currently an ABDO LONDON Sub REGIONAL Lead charged with finding new opportunities for D.O.s. In addition, she is an ABDO PRACTICAL Examiner etc. For the last decade, she has been an assessor and internal verifier for the National Vocational Qualifications for optical assistants; working with Colleges of Further Education. Jayshree was, until recently, the UK and Ireland Distributor for Erin’s World Frames-specialist frames for people with a low bridge fitting, as seen, for example in a person with Down syndrome. Jayshree is a session D.O. for the Low Vision Clinic- RNIB. The charity provides clinics for people with sight impairment, people with specific learning difficulties and has a specialist clinic for people with learning disabilities. Most recently she has been involved as a CET Facilitator for a nationwide project called "SEEING BEYOND THE EYES ROADSHOW" linking sight loss sector with the eyecare sector.

Peter Black MBA FBDO FEAOO, Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmic Dispensing, University of Central Lancashire

Peter Black MBA FBDO FEAOO is Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmic Dispensing at the University of Central Lancashire where he is part of the team developing a new blended learning “earn while you learn” optometry and ophthalmic dispensing programme. He is Vice Chair of the Joint Optical Committee to Europe which represents the UK at the European Council of Optometry and Optics and in May 2017 he was awarded Fellowship of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics. He is Past President of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and a practical examiner, exam script marker, practice visitor and assessor. Peter is a prolific author and presenter of CET and works with over 40 optical companies to help them deliver CET to their customers, has presented at many conferences in the UK and internationally, and has written multiple CET articles, features and reports for Dispensing Optics, Optometry Today and Optician. As part of the Seeing Beyond the Eyes Team Peter believes he is making a real difference providing practical advice to optometrists and dispensing opticians so that they can in turn make a real difference to the lives of their patients who live each day with sight loss.

David Mack, SightCare Premium Business Mentor

David describes himself as a 'Change Agent'. By building on his own life experience he set up his own business acting as a coach, mentor and consultant and has helped 100's of business owners to develop themselves and their business. David is one of the SightCare/Storm Business coaches, and was introduced to Optics when he was invited to be the lead in the Sight Care Evolution programme. This successful programme has helped many business owners understand their values and purpose and help them to then go on to realise their potential.

Simon Burgess, SightCare Premium Business Mentor

Simon is a professional and experienced business growth coach and optical trainer with over thirty three years’ experience within the optical profession. He believes in empowering, motivating and encouraging a change in mindset so clients are able to release their full personal and professional potential through becoming modern day thinkers and leaders of their teams. Simons previous roles include UK and Ireland Training Manager for Specsavers Opticians where his contribution in developing people within the Optical profession was rewarded by being given an Honorary Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers award and subsequently given the Freedom of the City of London. He was also the UK Development Director for Vision Express leading his team to introduce a development path for UK stores to create knowledgeable and confident experts. Simon decided to set up his own company (Think Consulting) in 2005 where he established SightCare Training working alongside the SightCare Group and has been providing all training and development requirements including business growth and coaching programmes which incorporates around 500 independent business owners nationwide. Simon has presented and performed public speaking at many optical events throughout his career and is passionate about delivering the very best customer experience. He is also British Psychological Society qualified in Level A occupational testing and Level B personality assessments and believes that psychology plays a big part in creating a positive mindset to enable businesses to flourish and teams becoming confident experts creating a memorable experience.

Karin Brown-Balvert, Practice Development Manager, Alcon

Karin has 25 years of clinical experience both in Independent and multiple practice, as a Dispensing Optician, Manager and Contact Lens optician: fitting wide variety of lenses including multifocal, rigid gas permeable and Orthokeratology. Karin also has experience of presenting at conferences across the UK. Karin has been a Practice Development Manager for Alcon since 2015.

Mark Povey, Chief Data Protection Advisor, DPAAS

Mark Povey is Chief Data Protection Advisor for DPAAS, an Accredited GDPR Practitioner and Certified Data Protection Officer. He is DPO for Queens College, Cambridge as well as others. VPM & Redact Ltd are software companies he co-owns, developing compliance tools in order to help organisations get to grips with their GDPR & PECR responsibilities.