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GOC recruiting new Chair

8 Nov 2012

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a campaign to recruit a new Chair.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “The Chair will play a key role in driving our strategic direction through this current period of regulatory reform.”

The Professional Standards Authority oversee the GOC’s appointments process on behalf of the Privy Council. Appointments to the GOC Council were formerly made by the Appointments Commission.

Current Council member Brian Coulter will take on the role of interim GOC Chair until the new appointee starts, which is expected to be in February 2013.

Brian is currently a non-executive member of the Human Tissue Authority, and a former member of the Independent Tribunal Service. In 2003, Brian was awarded an OBE for his services to Social Housing in Northern Ireland.

Brian said, “I’m very much looking forward to working with the new Chair next year. “In the meantime I'll be ensuring there is no loss of momentum in the ongoing GOC programme of regulatory reform and organisational development, nor of focus upon our core task of building public confidence in the optical professions.”

The new appointee will replace Anna Bradley, who stood down on 31 October to avoid a conflict of interests with her new role as Chair of HealthWatch England.


For further information please contact:
Simon Grier
Acting Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478



1. A full information pack, details of how to apply and the job advert are on the GOC website at

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 will formally make the appointment based on the recommendation of the GOC’s selection panel.

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

5. Details about the closure of the Appointments Commission are available from

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