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GOC appoints Glenn Tomison and Rosie Glazebrook to Council

12 Dec 2014

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Glenn Tomison and Rosie Glazebrook have been appointed as new members of the General Optical Council (GOC). Glenn, a registered dispensing optician, joins as a registrant member of Council while Rosie has been appointed as a lay member. Both start their terms of office on 1 January 2015.

GOC Chair, Gareth Hadley, said: “I am delighted to welcome Glenn and Rosie. Both possess considerable experience and expertise and I look forward to working with them.

“Glenn brings with him tremendous insight into the work of our registrants, particularly dispensing opticians. He also offers great experience of optical education with his work at the University of Manchester. Rosie brings a great understanding of the complaints process and the need to protect the public, and will contribute significantly to our work in this field.”

Glenn Tomison said: “I look forward to being able to use my experience and insight to help the GOC protect the public and ensure public confidence in the optical professions. It is an exciting time to join the GOC and I am pleased I will be able to contribute to its work, ensuring in particular that the important role that dispensing opticians play in serving the public is fully understood.”

Glenn has over 35 years of experience in the optical sector, continuing to work as a registered self-employed dispensing optician as well as a part-time clinical instructor and lecturer at the University of Manchester. Glenn is also Chairman of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO), although he is standing down from this position to avoid any conflict with his new role as a Council member. He is currently a member of the GOC’s Standards Committee and will continue in this role once appointed as a Council member.

Rosie Glazebrook said: “It is a privilege to join the GOC and be able to work alongside colleagues and stakeholders to protect the public at a time where the optical landscape is going through a big period of change. I look forward to being able to use my experience and insight to further the GOC’s work as we lead our registrants and the public through an important time for optical regulation.”

Rosie has significant experience of the healthcare environment, sitting as a board member of Public Health England and the Human Tissue Authority. Rosie also chairs a Research Ethics Committee and, during 2013, was an external reviewer for the Clywd-Hart Review on NHS complaints. Prior to this, Rosie worked with NHS London to help launch and develop the award-winning site, myhealthlondon, and was a non-executive director of a London Primary Care Trust. On appointment she will Chair the GOC's Registration Committee and be a member of its Audit and Risk Committee.

The appointments were confirmed by the Privy Council after the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) approved the GOC’s recruitment procedure.

Glenn and Rosie replace James Russell and Morag Alexander, whose terms finish on 31 December.


For further information please contact:

Simon Grier

Communications Manager

General Optical Council

t: 020 7307 3478




1. Glenn and Rosie’s biographies are available from

2. The GOC Council is composed of twelve members; six GOC registrants and six lay members (not optometrists or dispensing opticians). The Chair must be a lay member. Their biographies are available here:

3. The Privy Council formally made the appointment based on the recommendation of the GOC’s selection panel.

4. The selection panel was independently assessed to ensure the process is fair, transparent, open, credible and based on merit. The appointments policy is available from

5. Photographs of Glenn and Rosie are available on request.


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 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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