James Wolffsohn

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.

John Philips

John Phillips PhD MCOptom is Principal Investigator at the Auckland Myopia Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include clinical studies aimed at slowing myopia progression in children, and studies of eye growth and refractive development in a variety of animal models of myopia. He is the inventor of the dual focus (MiSight) contact lens for slowing the progression of myopia in children.

Lyndon Jones

Lyndon Jones graduated in Optometry from the University of Wales in 1985 and gained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Biomaterials Research Unit at Aston University, Birmingham, UK in 1998. He was awarded Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in 2017.

He holds three of the higher clinical awards granted by the UK College of Optometrists, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), in which he is a Diplomate in Cornea and Contact Lenses, and is also a Fellow of both the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA). 
His research interests primarily focus on the interaction of novel and existing contact lens materials with the ocular environment, dry eye and ocular drug delivery. He has authored over 380 refereed and professional papers, one text-book and given over 1000 invited lectures at conferences worldwide.

Host: Sarah Morgan

We can very proudly once again present Sarah Morgan as our moderator for NCLF. When you think of Sarah Morgan and have experienced her on stage, you almost tend to forget that she is an experienced optometrist – because she has so many other skills. She is a musician, a singer, an actor, a comedian, a world renown speaker, a communication expert, and on top of all that she still has a passion for optometry and contact lenses

 Erik Robertstad

Erik Robertstad graduated from School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, University of Cardiff, UK in 1996. He then completed his pre-registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and continued working in England as a sessional optometrist at Moorfields and a tour of British optical chains.

He returned to Norway in 1998, and started work in private practice in Tønsberg and part time lecturing at the College of Optometry for 4 years. Erik is an external examiner and visiting lecturer at the College of Optometry, and has lectured on several Optometric conferences in Norway and in Europe. He has been a board member of Interoptik and Nordic Optical Partners, and continues to serve on a number of commercial and professional committees.

Erik has a special interest in topics related to contact lens complications, Multifocal contact lenses, children’s vision and reading difficulties, myopia managment, ocular health assessment, and the treatment of dry eye. In 2011, he received the honorary title “optometrist of the year” from the Norwegian association of Optometry. In 2018, Erik was rewarded at the NCLF with the price “Optician of the year”.

Karen Walsh

Karen graduated in 1997 with first class honors in Optometry from Cardiff University, Wales. She worked in all forms of practice in the UK, including six years of contact lens-focussed practice with former BCLA president Brian Tompkins. In 2007 she joined Johnson & Johnson Vision as Professional Affairs Manager for the UK & Ireland. She moved to Canada in 2015 and having completed a two-year Medical Research Fellowship, is currently a Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), Waterloo, Ontario. She holds a post graduate diploma in Clinical Optometry from City University, London and is a Fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators.

Personal experience of high myopia and the life changing benefits of contact lenses led to specialising in anterior eye and contact lenses. She is passionate about education, leading a number of initiatives in this area for CORE. Karen has extensive experience in the development and delivery of a wide range of practitioner education. She has authored many clinical articles, and is an experienced lecturer with audiences ranging from students and small group settings, through to CE delivery at international conferences.

Magnus Lindkvist

Magnus Lindkvist is a trendspotting futurologist and author who weaves together important current trends to forecast what life, society and business might look in the future.
He has given more than a thousand keynote speeches over the past decade to everyone from Fortune 500 CEOs and civil servants in the Middle East, to anyone looking to be inspired and enlightened by trendspotting and future-thinking.
With a Master of Science in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and a degree in film production from UCLA, Lindkvist weaves the world of quantitative insights with the imaginative storytelling of Hollywood.

 Peter G. Ivins

Graduated 1st class BSc Honours, Caledonian University, Glasgow 1979. Awarded “Outstanding Student in Professional Qualification Exams” 1980. Part time lecturer Caledonian University 1980 -1986. Sole UK sports vision consultant at Barcelona and Lillehammer Olympic Games 1984 / 1986. Published numerous articles on contact lenses, vision in sport, VDUs and vision, contact lens strategy for growth, business management and fee structures, lectured extensively in UK and also in USA, Australia, China, Korea, South Africa and Europe. Former Chairman of Scottish Contact Lens Society. Faculty member of Vision Care Institute UK Registered with GOC as an Independent Prescriber Therapuetics 2010. Chairman of Area Optical Committee Greater Glasgow Health Board