Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Julia studied visual science at City University, became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991 and specialised in systemic diabetes whilst working with people who were housebound.
Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, chairing regional optical committees, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, one of the first UK domiciliary practices to utilise digital technology to deliver in-home sight care.
Julia stood in the 2005 General Election and realising the need for more front-line expertise and experience to influence policy formation, went on to establish 2020health.org, an independent Think Tank whose vision is to ‘Make Health Personal’. 2020health has published over 50 policy papers in the past 10 years with directly traceable impact on decisions effecting NICE, value-based pricing, digital health and health inequalities. The public’s health and digital solutions remain 2020health’s core interests, along with the campaign for a ‘Whole School’ approach to wellbeing. Julia’s research interests are now in identifying the predictors of benefit from personal digital health technologies to improve wellbeing. She was for many years a regular commentator in the press on health and behaviour, and is now a part-time researcher in Human Computer Interaction in the Brain Sciences Faculty at UCL. She is a Fellow of the RSA.