David Parkins appointed to Council
General Optical Council eBulletin 26
December 2015

David Parkins to join Council

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed David Parkins as a new registrant member of Council.

David’s term will begin on 15 March 2016.

David is currently the President of the College of Optometrists and will be stepping down from this role at the point when he becomes a member of our Council. He is also Chair of the London Eye Health Network and Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning. He is currently undertaking professional doctorate research into the clinical decision making and the referral practice of UK optometrists.

Our Chair Gareth Hadley welcomed the announcement, saying: “I am delighted to welcome David to Council. His wealth of experience, both as a practising optometrist and in a number of senior roles in the sector, made him an outstanding candidate and I look forward to working closely with him. I am confident his insight and expertise will allow him to make a valuable contribution to our work to protect and promote the public’s health and safety.”

Speaking on the appointment, David Parkins said: “The scope of optical practice is changing as a result of new technology, an ageing population and different commissioning arrangements. It is vital that regulation keeps one step ahead. I am looking forward to working with fellow members of Council, and with the executive team, to promote higher standards across the optical professions, which will be needed to manage the ever increasing number of patients requiring eyecare."

David will replace outgoing Council member Rob Hogan, whose term finished on 31 December 2015. Rob has been a Council member since 2007, and has had significant involvement in a number of projects, particularly our work in tackling illegal practice in the optical sector.

Gareth Hadley said: “Rob has had a long and distinguished career in optics and we are grateful for his contributions over the years. In particular he has done sterling work over the last year as Council champion for our project to tackle illegal practice, drawing together and leading our stakeholder steering group. We are immensely grateful for his work on this and everything else he has achieved in his eight years at the GOC."

For David’s full biography, please visit our website at: https://www.optical.org/en/about_us/People/Council_member_profiles.cfm






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