News in brief
General Optical Council eBulletin 33
July 2017

News in brief

Student renewal

GOC student renewal for the year 2017-18 is now open and 72% of students have already successfully renewed their registration.  Please ensure that you complete the online process carefully before the deadline of Saturday 15 July 2017. To renew your registration, please log in to the MyGOC section of our website and press the ‘Apply for Renewal’ button.

New Chief Executive

Vicky McDermott will join us in 4 September 2017 as our new Chief Executive and Registrar. She joins us after serving three years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Papworth Trust, the leading disability charity in the East of England. She also steps down from her role as Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, in which she directed more than 90 charities in campaigning for improved adult social care across England.

Vicky joined the Papworth Trust in 2014 from the NHS Business Services Authority, where she led the transformation of the NHS Pension scheme and advised Government Ministers on a range of issues. In addition to her experience in healthcare, she has worked in the private sector for BT with responsibility for transformation and customer involvement.


We are currently recruiting for the role of Illegal Practice Project Adviser. We regularly have a number of opportunities for registrants to get involved with our work here at the GOC through roles on our committees. We also have vacancies for lay members too, so if you are passionate about engaging the wider public with the optical professions, be sure to check our careers page regularly for opportunities for yourself and others.


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