20 June 2014 | UK Vision Strategy England Implementation group announces Joint Chairs

Post date: 
Friday, 20 June 2014

Following the retirement of Stephen Remington, Chair of the UK Vision Strategy England Implementation Group, two Joint Chairs of the Group have been appointed. John Thompson, Chair of the Lay Advisory Panel at the College of Optometrists, and Peter Corbett, Chief Executive of the Thomas Pocklington Trust, have been chosen to lead the group through the next stage of its development.

Their priority actions for the group over the coming months will be to:

  • Work with members to produce and monitor an updated England Implementation Plan document for turning the UK Vision Strategy into action, 2014 - 18 
  • Work with members to develop effective processes to identify areas of support and required action across the whole of the eye health and sight loss pathway (in conjunction with VISION 2020 UK special interest groups)
  • Explore setting up an effective regional structure to oversee implementation of the UK Vision Strategy across the whole of England  
  • Review and update governance arrangements and membership to build and develop the implementation group.

Commenting on his appointment Peter Corbett said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this role and look forward to working with the group. My ultimate goal is to ensure effective implementation of the UK Vision Strategy across all local authorities and commissioning groups in England. This can only be achieved by partners across the country working together collaboratively to maximise opportunities and overcome challenges”.

Following his appointment John Thompson said: “I am looking forward to working with partners in new and innovative ways to ensure the UK Vision Strategy is put into action across England. I believe the group can achieve meaningful and lasting change to improve the eye health and sight loss pathway over the next four years”.

Anita Lightstone, UK Vision Strategy Programme Director and Chief Operations Officer for VISION 2020 UK commented: “The strength of this team will be a real asset to the England Implementation Group and meets its desire to focus on collaborative action to achieve the outcomes of the UK Vision Strategy across the whole of England”.