Paralympic swimmer named as keynote speaker

Lord Chris Holmes confirmed as keynote speaker for the Vision UK conference next month

11 May 2015 by Emily McCormick

Paralympic swimmer Lord Chris Holmes has been confirmed as keynote speaker at the Vision UK conference which will take place in London next month. 

Titled Working together to deliver the UK Vision Strategy, the one-day event will be held at Central Hall Westminster on 18 June. 

Now in its seventh year, organisers have introduced a new format this year, with delegates able to choose from one of five conference streams, each focused on delivering aspects of the UK Vision Strategy and tailored for different professional interests.

Since going blind unexpectedly at the age of 14, Lord Holmes has campaigned for equality and inclusion. In the House of Lords, he takes a special interest in diversity, inclusion, education and the economy. He is also a non-executive director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

Lord Holmes said: “I am delighted to be the keynote speaker for this year’s Vision UK conference and look forward to sharing my personal experience as a campaigner. In my speech I will highlight what I see as some of the key issues the Government will seek to address over the next Parliamentary term to ensure inclusion for people with sight loss, and earlier detection of eye conditions.”

In addition to providing the keynote address, Lord Holmes will speak as part of the conference’s stream on Social inclusion: transforming lives through digital technology, where he will discuss his work on the Parliamentary Committee for Digital Skills. 

For more information visit the Vision UK website. To book a place, visit 


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