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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.


Live campaigns

We do not currently have any live campaigns. Please refer to our timetable below of future campaigns.


Progress with live campaigns

Hearings Panel lay members

Panel is currently shortlisting.  We anticipate contacting candidates about whether or not they have been successful in reaching interview w/c 9 September 2019.


Future campaigns

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


Anticipated advertising date

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

Hearings Panel No plans for further appointments in 2019



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Our Council

Our Council

The General Optical Council is composed of 12 members

Working for us

Working for us

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