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Anna Bradley appointed GOC Chair

20 Dec 2010

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The Appointments Commission has appointed Anna Bradley as permanent Chair of the General Optical Council (GOC). She has been interim Chair since 3 June 2010.


Satjit Singh, GOC chief executive and registrar said: “I am delighted that Anna was today confirmed as GOC Chair. In the short time she has been in her interim role she has made a positive impact on the GOC and we all look forward to working with her as permanent Chair.”


In the six months in which Ms Bradley has been interim Chair, the GOC has cut its annual retention fee, published its proposals for an enhanced CET scheme and announced a restructure of the organisation.


Anna Bradley said, “I am delighted to have been appointed as permanent chair. In the last six months, I have developed a much closer understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the GOC; I am now looking forward to working with the staff, Council and our stakeholders to build on that understanding for the benefit of the public."


The GOC is the regulatory body for optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses. The 12-member Council sets the organisation’s strategic direction. Ms Bradley’s appointment is from 1 January 2011 to 2 June 2014 and she will receive remuneration of £35,000 per annum. She is also Chair of the Communications Consumer Panel, for which she receives remuneration of £30,000 per year.


All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None was declared in this case.


For further information please contact:

Liz Carr

Communications Manager

General Optical Council

t: 020 7307 3473





1. A photograph of Anna Bradley is available on request.


2. The Council comprises six registrant members (registered optometrists or dispensing opticians) and six lay members. Their biographies are available from 


About the General Optical Council:

The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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