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GOC appoints Dr Subo Shanmuganathan as Interim Director of Education

8 Oct 2018

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced that Dr Subo Shanmuganathan has joined as its Interim Director of Education.

Subo began her role at the GOC today and will be in place for the next nine months.

Subo has extensive experience as a director in various roles throughout the charity and university sectors. Her previous roles include Director of Education, Policy and Research at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Director of Skills Development at Relate UK.

Dr Subo Shanmuganathan said, “The Education Strategic Review and CET Review are both vital as the GOC makes sure the optical workforce is fit for the future in a fast-changing landscape. I look forward to working with the GOC’s staff, Council and stakeholders to make both projects a success and ensure that the education of optometrists and dispensing opticians keeps patients safe as new technology develops and practitioners’ scopes of practice change.”

Lesley Longstone, GOC Interim Chief Executive and Registrar, said, “I am pleased to welcome Subo to our team and I am confident that she will bring the experience and expertise we need to continue our work in modernising optical education through our Education Strategic Review and CET Review.”



For further information please contact:

Communications Team

General Optical Council

t: 020 7307 3478 – option 3




1. A biography of Subo is available on the GOC website here

2. A high resolution photograph of Subo is available on request.


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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 29,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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