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Council members

  1. Picture of Chair - Gareth Hadley

    Chair - Gareth Hadley

    Gareth Hadley lives in Putney. With over thirty years’ experience as a senior leader in politically sensitive and highly visible 24/7 service industries with complex stakeholder relations, Gareth’s contributions have ranged from helping boards to strengthen their strategic engagement, to delivering complex change in difficult environments, to aligning support functions to business need, and to bringing both performance management and equality and diversity to the very core of the organisation. Gareth is an ex-officio member of the Remuneration Committee and the Nominations Committee.


    • Governor, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
    • Appointments Commissioner for the London, East of England and East Midlands Regions; chair of the Commission’s National Learning and Development Group
    • Board Member and Director of Personnel, Her Majesty’s Prison Service; HR Adviser, National Offender Management Service
    • Employee Relations Director, British Rail; Human Resources Director, BR Passenger Operations; chair and non-executive director of six rail operating and engineering subsidiary companies
    • Freeman of the City of London; Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
    • Public roles have included: member of the External Advisory Board, Centre for Better Managed Health and Social Care, Cass Business School, City University; member of the Steering Committee and Advisory Board, South West London Academic Network Institute of Leadership and Management in Health; Visiting Fellow, Kingston University; member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s Employee Relations Panel; non-executive director, Skills for Justice; UK employers’ representative, European Union Comité Paritaire de Chemins de Fer
  2. Picture of Sinead Burns

    Sinead Burns

    Sinead Burns lives in Northern Ireland, and is an occupational psychologist and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In March 2016, Sinead was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as a Civil Service Commissioner for Northern Ireland.


    • Over 20 years experience in human resource management gained within the public, charitable and private sectors.
    • Served as Commissioner for Judicial Appointments in Northern Ireland from 2005 until 2013.
    • Former Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.
  3. Picture of Josie Forte

    Josie Forte

    Dr Josie Forte lives in Devon.  A qualified optometrist, she started her optometry career in hospital practice.  Josie practised briefly in New Zealand before returning to the UK to run her own successful independent practice for five years. She is currently a Specsavers Optical and Audiology Joint Venture Partner.

    • Graduated from Cardiff University in 1997 with a BSc Honours in Optometry and Vision Science
    • Graduated from Aston University in 2016 with a Doctor of Optometry
    • Head of Enhanced Optical Services for Specsavers and an inaugural member of the Specsavers Professional Leadership Council
    • Visiting lecturer at Plymouth University
    • Lead Assessor for WOPEC (Welsh Optometric Postgraduate Education Centre)
    • Former elected committee member of Devon Local Optical Committee
  4. Picture of Mike Galvin

    Mike Galvin

    Mike Galvin is a professional Telecommunications Engineer, living in Bedfordshire with his partner and four grown-up children. He was the Managing Director at BT plc for Future Broadband Networks and IT Security, a role which he left in 2017. Mike has over 15 years of experience working at board level in technology research and innovation and in telecommunications. Mike has led in providing the internet in the UK for the last 20 years and has extensive experience in leading large technology programmes and working with both customers and the public sector. He is currently working on a number of telecommunications projects in the UK and is the digital lead for the Swansea Bay City deal.

    • BEng in Electrical Engineering and a MSc in Telecommunications Engineering. 
    • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Fellow of the Institute of Telecom Professionals.
    • Technology specialist with BT and formerly the Ministry of Defence.
    • Former Head of Research at BT.
    • Formerly held non exec positions with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and with Nominet.
    • Former Officer Territorial Army.
  5. Picture of Rosie Glazebrook

    Rosie Glazebrook

    Rosie has a background in the health sector, regulation, consumer marketing and ethics. She is Chair, GOC Registration Committee and Member, GOC Nominations Committee. She is currently a Commissioner, Civil Service Commission and Chair, Publisher Licensing Services and, linked to that, co-Chair of the Copyright Licensing Agency. She also chairs a Research Ethics Committee (NHS Health Research Authority) and is a Trustee of Book Aid International.


    • Awarded a BA(Hons) in Chemistry from Oxford University.
    • Former Board Member, Food Standards Agency, Public Health England and Human Tissue Authority, and an External Review Member for the Clwyd-Hart NHS Complaints Review.
    • Former Non-Executive Director of a London Primary Care Trust (PCT), and subsequent cluster of 4 PCTs.
    • Held senior commercial positions at Dr Foster, News International (now News UK), Macmillan Press and Oxford University Press.
  6. Picture of Scott Mackie

    Scott Mackie

    Dr Scott Mackie lives in central Scotland. A qualified dispensing optician and optometrist he has two practices in Lanarkshire. He also acts as a consultant to the industry.

    With over thirty years’ experience in optics he has post-graduate qualifications in independent prescribing, diabetic eye disease, low vision, cataract and refractive surgery, leadership skills and facilitating. Scott is a member of the Education Committee.


    • Graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1983, 1989 and 2010.
    • Provider of CET training for last 30 years (originally Eyecare 3000) now Scottish Optical Conference. He runs a biennial eye camp in India. 
    • Current posts include: visiting clinical demonstrator Glasgow Caledonian University; assessor College of Optometrists; member domiciliary eyecare committee FODO; member National Clinical Committee ABDO; member advisory board NES 
    • Previous posts include: council member College of Optometrists; diabetic retinopathy screener Royal Alexandra Hospital; honorary consultant optometrist Royal Hospital for Sick Children; Glasgow and honorary associate Professor Plymouth University; Trustee IGA    
    • Freeman of the City of London
    • Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
  7. Picture of Clare Minchington

    Clare Minchington

    Clare lives in London and Bath. She works as a strategic consultant for professional bodies and universities and is a non-executive director of BPP University and Policy Connect, the leading not-for-profit network of Parliamentary groups and research commissions. Clare is Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

    • Until March 2015, Clare was Executive Director for Strategy and Development at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) responsible for ACCA's intellectual capital, from the overall strategy to talent, brand, policy and qualifications.
    • A qualified Chartered Accountant, she trained with PwC and was a senior lecturer and Chair of the MBA Financial Strategy course at the Open University Business School prior to joining ACCA in 2000.
    • Previous posts include; member of IFAC’s International Accounting Education Standards Board; member of the CISI Examination Board; member of the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance; Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Oxford Brookes University Business School.
    • Former trustee of the Terrence Higgins Trust and Chair of their Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
  8. Picture of David Parkins

    David Parkins

    Dr David Parkins lives in South East London, and is Chair of the London Eye Health Network (NHS England) and a member of the London Clinical Senate Council. He is Vice-Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning.  David works in hospital practice in South East London and has extensive experience in the NHS having been Chair of Professional Executive Committee and board member of a Primary Care Trust, and more recently as an Assistant Director of Quality in a Clinical Commissioning Group. His research interests include commissioning redesign and the investigation of clinical decision-making and the referral practice of optometrists. 


    •  Graduated with BSc ophthalmic optics from Aston University, Birmingham

    •  Pre-registration  year: Oxford Eye Hospital

    •  MSc (clinical optometry) from City University, London

    •  Professional doctorate:  London South Bank University / Institute of Optometry

    •  Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics

    •  Honorary Fellowship of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society

    •  President of the College of Optometrists (2014-2016)

    • Honorary Fellowship of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society

    • Honorary Life Membership of Vision Aid Overseas

    •  Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

  9. Picture of Roshni Samra

    Roshni Samra

    Roshni has undertaken a range of different roles within the optical professions including practice management, pre-registration trainee supervision and mentoring. She also has significant experience as a refractive surgery optometrist, in addition to which she had a regional clinical support role that focused on the professional development of her peers

    Roshni’s current role is as the Professional Clinic Manager for City Sight, City, University of London. She is responsible for coordinating the running of the optometry clinical services. This includes the promotion and expansion of the clinic which serves the general public and provides training for final year optometry students. Roshni played a key role in organising the recent relocation of the entire City Sight Clinic to the main university campus site. 

    • Graduated from City, University of London in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) and completed her pre-registration period in community practice.
    • Previously Lead Optometrist for a leading provider of refractive surgery in the UK   
    • Significant experience working in high street and independent community practice including managerial positions
    • Currently completing an MSc in Clinical Optometry with City, University of London
    • In 2014 she was awarded the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Glaucoma
  10. Picture of Tim Parkinson

    Tim Parkinson

    Tim lives in Nottinghamshire and is the Director of his own board-level consultancy business. He holds a BSc and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Tim has over 20 years of senior leadership experience in highly regulated service industries such as water/wastewater and green energy from waste, with over half of this time being spent leading the provision of outsourced operations services entailing complex contractual, commercial and stakeholder relationship aspects. His experience includes over eight years in board director roles in both executive and non-executive capacities.


    • Prior to current role, was an executive board director of Kelda Water Services Ltd (a provider of outsourced water and wastewater plus green energy services across the UK) plus a non-executive director of multiple of its subsidiary companies. As an executive board director, held a number of specific positions including being the Managing Director of the subsidiary business that produced roughly half of Northern Ireland’s drinking water.
    • Earlier senior leadership positions consisted of a succession of executive roles which entailed: setting up from scratch and developing to maturity an outsourced service provision water retailing business; leading a 24/7 service producing and distributing drinking water to about half a million people; and leading all customer-facing functions of a business supplying water to around 100,000 people as part of the Managing Director’s top team (later going on to jointly lead the business in the absence of the Managing Director).
  11. Picture of Helen Tilley

    Helen Tilley

    Helen Tilley is married with three daughters, and lives in Monmouthshire in South Wales. She works as a community optometrist in her own practice, Monnow Eyecare in Monmouth. Until 2013 she was a member of the GOC Fitness to Practise Panel.


    • Graduated from Aston University in 1987 with a BSc Honours in Optometry and Vision Science and has worked in independent practices throughout Wales. She is accredited to work in the Welsh Eyecare Initiative and the Low Vision scheme.
    • As Chairman of Optometry Wales was involved in establishing the Welsh Eyecare Initiative across Wales. Before that she was Chairman of South East Wales Regional Optical Committee and Gwent Local Optical Committee. She is currently a member of the South Wales Regional Optical Committee representing the Aneurin Bevan area.
    • Served as a member of the Council and Board of the Association of Optometrists, and was Chairman of the Optical Confederation Education Committee. Her previous roles include membership of the Medical Ethics Committee of the Welsh Assembly Government, and Advisor to Gwent Health Board on fraud investigations.
  12. Picture of Glenn Tomison

    Glenn Tomison

    Glenn Tomison lives in Cheshire and is a registered dispensing optician. Glenn’s current roles include: employment as an independent practitioner with wide experience of all sectors; part-time clinical instructor and occasional lecturer at the University of Manchester; head of the level 2 retail apprenticeship scheme for the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and is employed as a consultant specialising in talent detection and development, executive coaching and business growth. Glenn is chair of the Standards Committee.


    • Qualified from Glasgow College of Technology in 1978.
    • Past Chairman of Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO)
    • Past Co-chair of Optical Confederation Education Committee
    • Past Chair of FODO Education Committee
    • Past member of Optical Confederation Leaders Group
    • Freeman of City of London
    • Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers liveryman
    • Past Trustee and Governor of Birtenshaw a charity providing education and residential care for young people with severe to moderate learning difficulties.
    • Past Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Birtenshaw