The Committee

The Women In Vision UK Committee

The Women in Vision UK committee are committed raising awareness and promoting careers for all Women in Vision. The committee is the driving force for all women who have chosen a career in vision to realise their potential and to ensure they are emboldened to achieve their goals.

Committee Members


Professor Mariya Moosajee

Professor of Molecular Ophthalmology, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Wellcome Trust Beit Prize Clinical Research Career Development Fellow at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, The Francis Crick Institute, Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Vice Chair and Communication Lead

Mrs Helen Khan

Communications Lead for NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Communications Lead for INSIGHT, the Health Data Research hub for eye health.


Dr Rebekka Heitmar

Lecturer Aston University.


Dr Victoria Kearns

Senior Lecturer in Ocular Biomaterials in the Department of Eye and Vision Science at the University of Liverpool.

Focus Area Leads


Ms Evelyn Mensah - Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Central Middlesex Hospital, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust where she is the Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology


Prof Narciss Okhravi - Professorial Teaching Fellow (PTF) at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Ms Rebecca Ford - Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeon at Bristol Eye Hospital


Dr Eleni Beli- is a Vice Chancellor Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

Dr Lola Solebo - Epidemiologist at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital


Prof Shahina Pardhan - Professor of optometry, Vison and Eye Research Institute within the School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University

Early Careers Research

Bethany Higgins - is a PhD student in the Crabb Lab at City, University of London, studying Optometry & Visual Science.

Lindsay Rountree - Lecturer in Optometry, University of Bradford


Maryse Baily - Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Sponsorship lead

Samantha de Silva - Consultant Ophthalmologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Honorary Research Fellow University of Oxford & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Tom Wemyss

Miss Amy-lee Shirodkar - Consultant Ophthalmologist Wirral University Teaching Hospitals

Social media

Dr Suzannah Bell - Ophthalmology trainee

Ms Natalia Jaroszynska - PhD Student

Charity Partner

Tina Houlihan - Retina UK

The WVUK network strives to create opportunity for any individual to fulfil their potential, irrespective of their background or circumstances. In doing so WVUK aim to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within the committee and attracting the widest possible membership.