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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. 

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

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Independent member - Nominations Committee

We are seeking to appoint one lay independent member to the GOC Nominations Committee.

The role of the Nominations Committee is to approve Council and Committee appointment processes; appraisal processes and plans for appointments and re-appointments.

The successful candidate will contribute to the Nominations Committee by providing independent, objective and impartial advice and judgement in compliance with the Equality Act.

Being an Independent member gives you the opportunity to share your particular skills and experience while learning from others too. We are committed to supporting personal and professional development in the role.

Please note that due to our statutory requirements, this appointment is only open to lay individuals who are not registered with the GOC as an optometrist or dispensing optician .

To apply, you will need to submit a CV, a statement of no more than 2 sides of A4 indicating how you meet the person specification, and an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) monitoring form to

Deadline to apply: Sunday 20 June 2021 at 23:00. 

If you have any questions, please email them to

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