Our UK editorial advisory board
The AllAboutVision.com UK Editorial Advisory Board was formed to ensure that this website offers as much interesting and accurate information about eye care and eyewear as possible. Members include leading ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians.
Paul Ursell, MBBS MD FRCOphth
Dr. Paul Ursell is one of the UK’s leading cataract surgeons having performed over 7,000 cataract operations in a career spanning 25 years. As one of the few surgeons to be awarded an MD degree on modern cataract surgery, he has published over 20 peer reviewed papers on cataract surgery.
Ursell served for nine years on the Council of UKISCRS (United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons), three of them as treasurer. In the past he has been lead clinician in his NHS department at Epsom & St Helier Hospitals and now supervises the team that performs over 2,500 cataract operations each year.
Ursell is the Royal College of Ophthalmologists representative to the EU, and Vision 2020 lead for dementia and sight loss. Other roles are as an honorary consultant at the Royal Marsden Hospital, a trustee of SeeAbility and liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.
Ursell studied medicine at St Mary’s Hospital in London and trained in cataract surgery at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, Oxford University as a clinical lecturer and as fellow at the Lions Eye Institute, Australia, before taking up his full-time NHS consultant post at Epsom & St Helier Hospitals in 2002.
Richard Edwards qualified as an optometrist in 1987 and was director of professional services at Boots Opticians before launching OPTOMiSE Consulting in 2014. Edwards is professional advisor to the Optical Consumer Complaints Service, chairs the Optical Confederation Education Committee and is a member of the GOC Companies Committee.
Edwards also works on a consultancy basis for the GOC Policy team and FODO.
Edwards has also lead the Learning & Development function at Boots, has broad experience of L&D facilitation and now lectures internationally in the area of complaint resolution. He is also a former member of the CBI Education & Skills committee working with Government ministers to influence the national skills agenda.
Andy Hepworth, BSc FBDO
Dr. Andy Hepworth BSc (hons) FBDO graduated from APU in 1996 with an honours degree in Optical Management and following two years in practice management he joined Essilor Ltd.
Since 2003 he has been working as Essilor’s Professional Relations manager, a role that includes creating and delivering presentations to optical universities and colleges along with CET to optical professionals.
Cheryl Swindells, FBDO SMC(Tech) CertEd
Cheryl Swindells qualified from ABDO College and registered as a dispensing optician in 2006.
She currently lectures in Ophthalmic Lenses & Dispensing at the University of Bradford, School of Optometry, is a UK & Overseas Practical & Theory Examiner for ABDO and provides CET lectures for optometrists and dispensing opticians.
Page published in November 2019
Page updated in February 2021