The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) announces that two new trustees, David Sanders and Susan Blakeney, have joined the IGA Board, which is chaired by Philip Bloom, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Western Eye Hospital.
David Sanders is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years of experience in various senior managerial positions, including acquisitions, corporate governance, financial control, IT, logistics, HR and audit, working for companies such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Litton Industries and Omron Corporation a Japanese multinational company.
For the last four years, David has held honorary positions for Access Stichting, a Dutch organisation supporting expats and campelle Euf, an organisation supporting foreign students at the Flensburg University.
Susan Blakeney is a practising optometrist. As well as her optometry degree and professional certificates in glaucoma and medical retina, she also has an MA in medical ethics and law, a bachelors and a masters degree in law and a PhD. Susan is Clinical Adviser to the College of Optometrists, Optometric Adviser to NHS England (South (South East)) and a case examiner for the General Optical Council. She was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Optometrists for her contribution to the profession in 2008. She has published several papers and her book chapter on ‘Legal aspects of optometry in the United Kingdom’ was published in 2009.
Commenting on the new trustees, Chair of the IGA Board, Philip Bloom, says, “We are delighted that two such high calibre individuals have joined our Council, bringing such useful experience and skills. David’s business background will ensure that our future strategy is robust, while Susan’s optometry and legal background will also be invaluable in guiding our existing and future services, including dealing with the wider optometry industry and stakeholders.’
The International Glaucoma Association is the charity for people with glaucoma. Established over 40 years ago, it raises awareness, promotes research related to early diagnosis and treatment, and provides support to patients and all those who care for them. In addition it also part funds the IGA Professor of Ophthalmology for Glaucoma and Allied Studies, Professor David Garway-Heath, at UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Other services include: a helpline, patient information, patient support groups, events for professionals and patients, as well as providing grants for research funding. It is run by a board of trustees which represents ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses and people with glaucoma.
About the International Glaucoma Association (Charity Registered in England & Wales no. 274681, in Scotland no. SC041550)
The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is the charity for people with glaucoma, with the mission to raise awareness of glaucoma, promote research related to early diagnosis and treatment, and to provide support to patients and all those who care for them. For more information, please visit:
- Set up in 1974, it is the oldest patient based glaucoma association in the world and it is a Charity Registered in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England & Wales.
- As part of its support services, it operates the IGA Sightline (helpline) and provides free information on any aspect of glaucoma.
- For more information about glaucoma, contact the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) Sightline on 01233 64 81 70 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5.00pm).