We are delighted to introduce our wonderful keynote speakers for 2023.
Thank you to all of them for making time to join the Visionary Annual Conference 2023.
Please use the following link to reserve your place: Visionary Annual Conference 2023: Booking Form
Marsha de Cordova, MP
Marsha has served as MP for Battersea since 2017 and was previously a Labour Party councillor in Lambeth, London. In Parliament, she has been advocating for her constituents and businesses in Battersea on a range of issues including on housing, promoting a greener future, and opportunities for young people. Marsha was previously the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities from 2020 – 2021 and the Shadow Minister for Disabled People between 2017 – 2020. She has a proud history of working in the voluntary sector for over 20 years before becoming an MP.
Marsha was born with Nystagmus and is registered blind. She has dedicated much of her life to campaigning for disability rights and is passionate about equality for all.
Sam Latif, Company Accessibility Leader, Procter and Gamble
Sam Latif is P&G’s first Company Accessibility Leader – a role within which she is responsible for driving forward innovation to make the company’s 65+ brands inclusive and accessible for the 15% of people around the globe who experience some form of disability. Sam’s passion for her work stems from her personal experiences. She was born with a rare genetic condition Retinitis Pigmentosa, meaning that by the age of 16 she had lost 97% of her sight. Unwilling to let anything stop her from achieving her dreams, Sam went on to have a hugely successful IT career within P&G, joining the company in 2000.
On the side, Sam started to campaign internally for greater understanding and awareness when it comes to the challenges faced by people with disabilities – setting up an employee network for people to connect and share their experiences, as well as starting the Disability Challenge. Through this, she aimed to show senior leaders how challenging everyday tasks can be when you have a disability – from opening a pack of Pampers whilst wearing gloves to simulate dexterity challenges, through to differentiating between shampoo and conditioner when wearing glasses to simulate sight loss. In 2015, Sam switched from running IT business to focusing on embedding accessibility into P&G, and in 2019 she was promoted to Senior Director, taking on the formal title of Company Accessibility Leader.
Louisa Wickham MBBS MD MSc FRCOphth, Medical Director & Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon and National Clinical Director of Ophthalmology for England
Louisa Wickham was appointed a consultant at Moorfields in 2009. She is a vitreoretinal surgeon with a particular interest in the management of diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and lens dislocation surgery. She has a research degree in the surgical management of retinal detachment and post-operative scarring. She was appointed Chief Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2019 and during this time oversaw the Trust response to the COVID pandemic and initial recovery including COVID surgical pathways and the Moorfields Cataract Drive. Louisa was appointed Medical Director of Moorfields in 2020.
In 2022 Louisa was appointed the first National Clinical Director of Ophthalmology in England. This exciting new role was developed to provide national clinical leadership for the transformation of eye care recognising the increased burden of disease and the need to develop new pathways to reduce the risk of irreversible visual loss.