Barbara is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at WOPEC, Cardiff University and she practices one day a week in Monmouth, providing the full range of primary eye care services available in Wales.
Barbara spent her early optometric career in the Hospital Eye Service in Oxford, Nigeria and Birmingham. In 1996, Barbara moved to London and became the first optometrist to work for the national charity, RNIB. Barbara has been involved in undergraduate optometric clinical teaching in Aston, Bradford and Cardiff Universities and was an Examiner for the College of Optometrists. In 2003 she moved to Cardiff to be Clinical Lead for the Low Vision Service Wales. Together with Nik Sheen she was also responsible for providing all the training, accreditation and re-accreditation for optometrists in Wales who provided the Primary Eyecare Acute Referral Scheme (PEARS), the Welsh Eye Health Examination (WEHE) and the Welsh Low Vision Service. During that time she also completed a part time PhD at Cardiff University. In 2009, Barbara and Nik Sheen became founding co-Directors of WOPEC which has had over 10,000 learners since it was established. From October 2012 to October 2016 Barbara completed a four year part time secondment as the Welsh Government as the Chief Optometric Advisor.