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Keynote Speakers

Chris Hopson, Chief Strategy Officer, NHS England

Chris Hopson giving the opening keynote address

Chris Hopson gave the opening keynote address at the NOC on Monday 13 November and discussed his personal experience of eye care services and the importance of viewing eye care as a whole pathway.

Chris joined NHS England in June 2022 as the newly created Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for NHSE’s strategy; policy; communications; stakeholder management including the formal relationship with Government; health inequalities and a greener NHS.

Ian Rose OBE

Ian Rose giving the after-dinner address

Motivational speaker and paralympic athlete, Ian Rose OBE, gave the after-dinner address at the NOC, talking about his experiences.

Ian was born with retinoblastoma and lost his left eye and most of the sight in his right, which left him with a facial disfigurement and having to wear thick glasses. His parents introduced him to Judo in order to boost his confidence.

He went on to win two Paralympic medals, five World Championships medals and four European Championships. Due to an injury, he was forced into early retirement in 2011 after a 22-year international career. However as one of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympic Judoka, Ian was a torchbearer and opening ceremony performer for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Ian also ran a workshop at the NOC: ‘Be More, Achieve More, Smile More. It’s not all about the medal’.

Professor James Kingsland OBE

Professor James Kingsland

Professor James Kingsland gave the keynote address on day two of the conference, where he discussed the importance of LOCs and regional work to amplify national strategies to make a difference to patient outcomes.

James is a primary care physician, former Senior Partner in a nationally renowned, award-winning general practice in England and is a clinical professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire.

He has designed and led major national and international service transformation projects during a distinguished career in clinical practice spanning 40 years and is now regarded as a world authority on healthcare reform.

In recognition of this, he was awarded the OBE for services to medicine and to healthcare in the Queens Diamond Jubilee New Year’s Honours 2012.