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David Howell appointed chief executive and registrar of GCC

1 Aug 2011

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David Howell has been appointed chief executive and registrar of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). He will leave his post as General Optical Council (GOC) director of regulatory services on 1 November 2011.

He joined the GOC as director of fitness to practise and then became the first director of the new Regulatory Services department.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “We congratulate David on his appointment and wish him well for the future. His achievements at the GOC are significant and will stand us in great stead for years to come.

“He oversaw the successful launch of the MyGOC online retention system and the development of new rules to speed up the fitness to practise process. He also led his team in pursuing breaches of the Opticians Act.

“We will be extremely sad to see him leave and will miss him both personally and professionally. I’m sure he will make a tremendous impact at the GCC.”

David Howell said: “I am sad to be leaving the GOC but feel extremely confident about its direction of travel and future success. The thing I have most enjoyed is working with such an outstanding group of people, who I will long remember.”

Howell will remain in post until 1 November. The GOC will announce its plans to recruit a replacement soon.


For media enquiries please contact:
Liz Carr
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473

Notes for editors:

1. A photograph of David is 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, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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