Leadership Conference 2018 Programme

Leadership Conference 2018 Programme
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Leadership Conference 2018 Programme

These conferences are designed for the leaders (CEOs, senior management and trustees) of local sight loss organisations to come together and discuss issues and solutions for the coming year. Based on feedback from previous events we have changed the format this year to include more variety.

Birmingham – Tuesday 24 April 2018
Leeds – Monday 30 April 2018
London – Thursday 3 May 2018


09:30 – 10:00 Networking, registration and coffee/tea

10:00 – 10:25 Opening remarks, Visionary update/plans and Q&A

10:25 – 11:25 Leadership Forum

11:25 – 11:40 Short coffee/comfort break

11:40 – 12:15 Member Engagement – a new strategy

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch and networking

13:00 – 14:15 Option 1: Governance and Succession Planning

13:00 – 14:15 Option 2: Dig Deeper into GDPR

13:00 – 14:15 Option 3: Technology – Apps, Goggles, Books & Pockets

14:15 – 14:30 Short coffee break and workshop changeover

14:30 – 15:45 Option 1: Governance and Succession Planning

14:30 – 15:45 Option 2: Dig Deeper into GDPR

14:30 – 15:45 Option 3: Technology – Apps, Goggles, Books & Pockets

15:45 – 16:00 Closing remarks

Please see the Leadership Conference fees outlined below, as usual the fees are heavily subsidised and A and B members attending will have the option to claim any travel expenses for up to £50.


  • Full-members £30
  • A/B members £15
  • Sighted guide £8

Leadership Forum

An opportunity to share success and knowledge, discuss concerns and emerging trends with each other and an opportunity to share your views with Fiona Sandford, CEO, about Visionary’s plans for the coming year.


Member Engagement – a new strategy

An interactive session that will give delegates the chance to shape the new Member Engagement strategy. Led by the new Member Engagement Manager – Lesley Smeardon the session will set the scene by reflecting on what we know from member feedback and other data we capture about the way we currently do things. It will then pose some specific questions designed to help us improve the way we work together to achieve the best possible outcomes from sharing information, resources and stories in the future.



Choose two of the following three workshops:

Option 1: Governance and Succession Planning

We operate in a challenging time, therefore it is more important than ever that our strategy is supported by effective policies and processes ensuring good governance all round. This is an opportunity to think about what is needed to keep you, volunteers, staff, trustees and users safe.

Leaders leave – even the good ones – it will happen! Why do organisations often hide from this fact?  Departure can be an opportunity for reflection and not necessarily a disaster…

Option 2: Dig Deeper into GDPR

Are you holding the register, using mailing lists, organising fundraising events, delivering contracts or generic frontline services to adults or children?  Yes?  Then you are handling personal data and GDPR is relevant to you!

As part of Visionary’s ongoing GDPR programme of support, specialist solicitor Carla Whalen from Russell Cooke, will dig deeper into GDPR and take you beyond simply seeking ‘consent’ which is the default position many members are focusing on. This will help you evaluate the basis for your processing, use and storage of personal data.

(Please note that this workshop assumes a basic level of GDPR awareness. Login and visit Visionary’s Knowledge Hub for more information. )

Option 3: Technology – Apps, Goggles, Books & Pockets

An interactive session in two parts:

Part 1 – Eyeware

Introducing the Eyeware sight condition simulation system; exploring how it can be used to enhance best practice and potentially open new local markets for the delivery of sight loss awareness training

Part 2 – In Your Pocket

Introducing ‘In Your Pocket’ – a new and easy way to bring the pleasure of talking books to blind and partially sighted people.

This session will enable three delegates to take away an ‘In Your Pocket’ device and trial it with service users as part of an evaluation exercise to inform ongoing discussions with the developers.

Visionary Leadership Conference 2018 

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