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Council and Committee Member appointments

Our competencies

Our Nominations committee is responsible for determining the required competencies for each role. Prior to us ‘going live’ with a campaign the Committee will evaluate the vacancy requirements by:

  • considering the balance of existing skills, knowledge and experience within the current membership and any gaps;
  • review any specific requirements contained within the Opticians Act, our Constitution Order(s) and/or Rules (such as representation from specific nations); and,
  • review the current competencies (essential and desirable) and consider if any changes are required to ensure that the competencies meet the needs of the GOC and that none unlawfully discriminate directly or indirectly against any protected characteristics set out within the Equality Act 2010. 

Acrobat Reader icon Member competencies

Please note that the competencies are only an indication and may not fully represent actual requirements at the time of advertising a vacancy.


Live campaigns

We are currently seeking 20 lay Hearing Panel members, who will ideally be available from November 2019. 

Previous experience is not a requirement for this role! We are looking for individuals who can show excellent listening and communication skills, objective analysis and judgement, robust evaluation and positive team working skills as well as a demonstrable commitment to dealing with people and issues honestly, fairly and with respect. This role is rewarding and challenging, and presents a great opportunity for personal development.

The role is part time and requires a commitment of 30 to 40 days per year, remuneration for the role is £319 per day and expenses.

For more information about the role, please see the job advert and candidate information pack below. 

To apply, please complete the application here.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday 24 July 2019 at noon.  

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Acrobat Reader icon Lay Hearing Panel members - Candidate Pack


Progress with live campaigns

Hearing Panel registrant members (01/19)

Progress update: interviews for these roles have now concluded. All interviewed candidates will be advised of the outcome during w/c 24 June 2019.

Acrobat Reader icon Registrant Hearing Panel- Candidate information pack 2019


Future campaigns

If you would like to register your interest in receiving details about future vacancies please email


Anticipated advertising date

Hearing Panel (lay members)

June/July 2019

Education Visitor Panel members

early 2020

Council – lay chair

April/May 2020

Council – registrant members

May/June 2020

Council – lay members


Education, Standards, Registration and Companies committees

No current plans for appointments in 2019

Investigation committee

No current plans for appointments in 2019

Hearing panel - registrant members A campaign to seek registrant members closed in April 2019. There are no further plans for appointments in 2019



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