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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 not accepting applications at this time.


Progress with live campaigns

Hearing Panel registrant members (01/19)

Progress update: applications for these roles are now closed. All applications have now been acknowledged and have been sent to the Panel for sifting and shortlisting. We currently anticipate being able to advise candidates if they will be invited to interview by Wednesday 5 June 2019.

Acrobat Reader icon Registrant Hearing Panel- Candidate information pack 2019



Lay Council member 05/18

Progress update: Interviews for this role have now concluded and we are in the process of finalising our recommendation for submission to the Privy Council

For more information about this campaign please refer to the candidate information pack below.

Acrobat Reader icon Candidate information pack


Future campaigns

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


Anticipated advertising date

Hearing Panel (registrant members)


Hearing Panel (lay members)

1 April 2019 - 29 April 2019


Summer 2019

Education Visitor Panel

During 2019

Council – lay chair

Mid 2020

Council – registrant members

Mid 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



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Our Council

Our Council

The General Optical Council is composed of 12 members

Working for us

Working for us

Healthcare regulation in the UK is currently undergoing reform and modernisation – so this is an exciting time to join us.