Last year's Vision Pioneer Award winners

The first ever Vision Pioneer Awards was attended by more than 100 guests including finalists and leading figures from the eye health and sight loss sectors.

Winners of the five categories were presented with a fabulous trophy and certificate. Learn about last year’s amazing winners and finalists in the 2016 event brochure and below. 

‘No Water’ by Irenie Ekkeshis

Campaign of the Year: ‘No Water’ by Irenie Ekkeshis

Irenie Ekkeshis spent three years dedicated to making sure people knew that wearing contact lenses in the shower can lead to blindness. Through her campaigning, she’s changed how the pharmaceutical industry and the medical world approach contact lens packaging.

VPA Innovation award WayfindrInnovation Award: Wayfindr by Royal London Society for the Blind

The Royal London Society for the Blind (now the Royal Society for Blind Children) and a global technology company, ustwo, partnered to tackle the challenge of independent travel for blind and partially sighted people. The result, the Wayfindr Standard, which provides guidelines for app developers when using GPS. 


Professional of the Year, Adults Simon LabbettProfessional of the Year, Adults: Simon Labbett

Simon is a Rehabilitation Officer (Visual Impairment) and Chair of the Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network (RWPN) which he set up in 2013. He has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the profession, and through the network, aims to establish professional standards.

Professional of the Year, Children and Young People: Paula Varney

Paula (pictured left) is a Family Support Officer at Vista and works at  Leicester Royal Infirmary. She is there for parents when they are told their child has vision impairment, answering questions and providing support when they need it most. Last year, she helped expand the support service to three additional hospitals so more families can benefit from her expertise.

Photo of last year's Professional of the Year (Children and Young People) award winner holding her certificate with her colleague holding her award


Team of the Year NOVICTeam of the Year: Neuro-Ophthalmic Visual Impairment in Children clinic

In February 2015, Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital launched the Neuro-Ophthalmic Visual Impairment in Children clinic (NOVIC) for children with complex needs. NOVIC brings together a team of specialists who can assess children’s visual and systemic welfare in one visit.