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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. She is also a Lay Magistrate and a Lay Representative within the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency. 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.
    • Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), stepping down from this role on 30 September.
  3. Picture of Paul Carroll - term ends 31 March

    Paul Carroll - term ends 31 March

    Paul Carroll lives in Lancashire. A qualified optometrist, Paul is Director of Professional Services for Specsavers. Paul is a member of the Nominations Committee.


    • Graduated from Aston University in 1987 with a BSc Honours in Optometry and Vision Science and completed an MBA in 2002
    • Past chairman of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians
    • Past chairman of JOCEU
    • Former member of the Department of Health working groups (non-medical revalidation; tackling concerns locally sub-group)
    • Honorary visiting fellow, Anglia Ruskin University
    • Honorary Associate Professor, Plymouth University
    • Previous posts include: external examiner for City University; examiner for the College of Optometrists professional qualifying examinations; and business advisor to the GOC’s Education Committee.
  4. Picture of Peter Douglas - term ends 31 March

    Peter Douglas - term ends 31 March

    Peter Douglas lives in East Sussex. Peter is currently: Executive Director of the Taxation Disciplinary Tribunal; member of the ACCA disciplinary and regulatory committees; member of the Bar Standards Board Standards Committee; and Deputy Chair and Audit Committee Chair of High Weald, Lewes and Havens Clinical Commissioning Group.


    • Former National Managing Partner, HLB Kidsons
    • Former member of the Health Professions Council
    • Former Director of Professional Standards, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
    • Former non-executive director and audit chair of the National Measurement Office (BIS) 
    • Former member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council audit committee (BIS) 
    • Former Fitness to Practise Panel member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  5. Picture of Rosie Glazebrook

    Rosie Glazebrook

    Rosie is Chair of the Registration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Rosie also chairs a Research Ethics Committee, is a Board Member of Public Health England, the Human Tissue Authority, and a member of a health research funding board. She represents the public at the Food Standards Agency on the Consumer Advisory Panel and Microbiological Safety of Food Committee, and is a Trustee of Book Aid International. During 2013, Rosie was an External Reviewer for the Clwyd-Hart Review on NHS Complaints.  


    • Previously worked with NHS London to help launch and develop the award-winning site, myhealthlondon,
    • Former Non-Executive Director of a London Primary Care Trust (PCT), and subsequent cluster of four PCTs.
    • Held senior commercial positions at Dr Foster, News International, Macmillan Press and Oxford University Press.
  6. Picture of Liam Kite - terms ends 31 March

    Liam Kite - terms ends 31 March

    Liam Kite lives in Lincolnshire. He is currently senior lecturer in optometry and ophthalmic dispensing, Pathway Leader in ophthalmic dispensing and Admissions Tutor at Anglia Ruskin University. Liam is also a member of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Liam is a member of the Registration Committee and the Nominations Committee.


    • Graduated from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians Distance Learning Institute in 1987
    • Past practical and theoretical examiner for ABDO
    • Past course tutor for the ABDO Distance Learning Institute
    • Course tutor for the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Manufacturers
    • Liam coaches the local rugby club in his spare time.
  7. 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 and is a Director of Professional Services to Visioncall.

    With over thirty years’ experience in optics he has post-graduate qualifications in independent prescribing, diabetic eye disease, low vision, 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 15 years (originally Eyecare 3000) now Optical CET.
    • He has run various eye camps in Africa, India and Asia.
    • Current posts include; visiting lecturer Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Plymouth; visiting assessor University of Ulster, examiner and assessor College of Optometrists; member domiciliary eyecare committee Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians.
    • Previous posts include; council member College of Optometrists; diabetic retinopathy screener Royal Alexandria Hospital, Glasgow ; honorary consultant optometrist Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow.
    • Freeman of the City of London
    • Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
  8. Picture of David Parkins

    David Parkins

    David is chair of the London Eye Health Network, chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning and the immediate past president of the College of Optometrists. He is also a member of the VISION 2020 (UK) Ophthalmic Public Health Committee. He also works in  independent and hospital practice in South East London. He is currently conducting doctoral research into the clinical decision making and the referral practice of UK optometrists. David is a Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of Vision Aid Overseas. David is a member of the Standards Committee.


    • Graduated with BSc from Aston University, Birmingham
    • Pre-registration  year: Oxford Eye Hospital
    • MSc (clinical optometry) from City University, London
    • Currently undertaking professional doctorate research: London South Bank University/ Institute of Optometry
    • Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics
    • Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
    • Honorary Life Membership of Vision Aid Overseas
    • CCG Assistant Director of Quality. Previously, Chair of a Professional Executive Committee and Board Member of a  PCT in London


  9. Picture of Senior Council Member - Fiona Peel OBE - term ends 31 March

    Senior Council Member - Fiona Peel OBE - term ends 31 March

    Fiona Peel OBE DL lives in Cardiff and has been involved in NHS Wales in a non-executive capacity for over 20 years. She is currently Chair of the Welsh Wound Innovation Institute, a trustee of cancer charity Tenovus, a Mental Health Act Manager and co-director of Gaina Morgan Media. In 2001, Fiona was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS. Fiona is Senior Council Member, Chair of the Companies Committee, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Education Committee.


    • Chair of the Cancer Services Co-ordinating Group for Wales and the Cardiac Network Co-ordinating Group
    • Lay member of Cardiff University Council
    • Lay member of the General Medical Council
    • Chair of the Merger Commission for the Cardiff University and UWCM
    • Chair of the Gwent Health Authority
    • Council member for University of Wales College of Medicine.
    • Chair of Gwent Community Health Trust
    • Director of the Gwent Training and Enterprise Council
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Picture of Selina Ullah

    Selina Ullah

    Selina Ullah lives in Keighley, West Yorkshire and is currently working as a consultant, advisor to Joseph Rowntree Foundation and executive coach. Selina is Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.


    • Until July 2011, she was Assistant Director – Safer and Stronger Communities, at Bradford Council.
    • Her voluntary posts include being a founder member and Board member of the Bradford Muslim Women’s Council.
    • Founding member and director of an international organisation which focuses on developing inter-cultural leaders, dialogue and co-operation to foster social cohesion .
    • Former Council member at the University of Bradford
    • Chair of the Keighley Association for Women and Children.
    • Interim executive board member of a secondary boys school
  13. Picture of Mike Galvin - from 1 April

    Mike Galvin - from 1 April

    Mike Galvin lives in Bedfordshire.  He is a professional engineer, currently managing Director at BT plc for Future Broadband Networks and IT Security.  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. 

    • 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.
  14. Picture of Roshni Samra - from 1 April

    Roshni Samra - from 1 April

    Roshni has undertaken a range of different roles within the profession 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
  15. Picture of Josie Forte - from 1 April

    Josie Forte - from 1 April

    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 LOC
  16. Picture of Clare Minchington - from 1 April

    Clare Minchington - from 1 April

    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.