Leadership Conference 2018 Programme

Leadership Conference 2018 Programme
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Leadership Conference 2018 Programme


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 


Thank you for your interest in attending one of this year’s Visionary Leadership Conferences.

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. 

Please complete one form per person in order to book a delegate place. Please note that only two people per organisation may attend. 

Please note that places will be offered on a first come first served basis.


If you would like to discuss your booking with us, please email us and a member of the team will get back to you.  


Leadership Conference Location

As previously at Leadership Conferences, fees are heavily subsidised. Outlined below are the costs:

·       Full-members £30

·       A/B members £15

·       Sighted guide £8

Band A and B members will also have the option to claim up to £50 towards the cost of travel to attend the conferences. Please email us if you require a claim form.
Delegate information

Accessibility requirements

Dietary requirements

Preferred communication format

Workshop Choices

Each delegate will have the option to attend two workshops out of a choice of three in the afternoon. From the options below please choose your first and second options.


Note: as registration is based on a first come first served basis, you may be placed in a different workshop if other choices are full. 

Terms and conditions

You will be invoiced with payment instructions after bookings close.


Should you require the invoice to be sent to a different billing address please email visionary@visionary.org.uk.

Payment is due within 30 days of receipt of the invoice.


In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel your booking, cancellation fees will apply as follows:


If you cancel more than 7 days prior to the conference, you will receive a 50% refund.


If you cancel 7 days or less prior to the conference, you will not receive a refund. 

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