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Council Elections 2006 result

10 Nov 2006

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General Optical Council press release, 10 November 2006

For immediate release

GOC announces election results

The General Optical Council (GOC) today announced the results of the elections for representatives of dispensing opticians and of optometrists in the constituencies of England, Scotland and Wales.

The newly elected Council members are listed below. They will be formally appointed by the Council at its meeting on 23 November.

Dispensing Opticians – James Hanfield RUSSELL, Keith Stewart CAVAYE, Rosemary Eleanor BAILEY, Jennifer Sally BROWER, Kim Sally DEVLIN.

Optometrists (England) – David Cecil CARTWRIGHT, Nicholas James RUMNEY, Charles Rodney WASS.

Optometrists (Scotland) – Donald Alexander CAMERON.

Optometrists (Wales) – Gwyneth Jane MORGAN.

Roger Anderson was returned unopposed to represent optometrists in Northern Ireland.

The new members will take up office on 1 January 2007 and will serve for a period of five years.

Overall turnout in the election was 20%. A total of 3,322 votes were cast out of 16,247 voting papers issued.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Clare Millington
Communications Officer
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: cmillington@optical.org

Notes to editors:

1. Overall turnout in the last election in 2001 was 25%, from a total of 8,916 voting papers issued. There were no ballots for representatives of dispensing opticians or of optometrists in Wales or Northern Ireland.

2. Detailed analyses of the results in each constituency 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 and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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