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Dian Taylor to be acting chief executive of the GOC

20 Mar 2008

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Deputy registrar Dian Taylor will become acting registrar and chief executive of the General Optical Council on Peter Coe’s retirement in July 2008.

Following Peter Coe’s announcement of his decision to retire, members of Council discussed the appointment of a replacement during the confidential part of their meeting last week. The Council was unanimous in its view that Dian Taylor should take on the role until a new chairman of Council is appointed later this year. The new chairman will have the responsibility of appointing a permanent chief executive.

Current chairman Rosie Varley welcomed the decision: “Members expressed their full confidence in Dian’s ability to lead the GOC through a period of significant change. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience of regulation and optics which has proved invaluable to the Council in her leadership of the education function and support to Peter as his deputy over the past seven and a half years.”

Dian has worked for the GOC since 1989. Prior to working for the Council, Dian worked for the Royal College of General Practitioners as head of the Central Secretariat. She said: "I look forward to the challenge of leading the GOC from the Summer, and making sure that we keep things on track during the handover to a new chairman and permanent chief executive."

Rosie Varley also paid tribute to Peter Coe’s achievements: “We are very sorry to see Peter go. He has done an incredible job in modernising the GOC and building the foundations for our current programme of reform. There has been wide acknowledgement of his contribution, and in particular of his open style, which has transformed the GOC’s relationships with partner organisations.”

On his forthcoming departure, Peter said: “It’s been a privilege to have been part of the GOC for the past seven and a half years, during a time of fundamental reform both for the optical sector and the world of regulation. It will be a wrench to leave, but I am looking forward to some new and exciting personal challenges.”

Peter intends to continue his involvement in health and regulation, but to balance this with studying for an MA in archaeology.

ENDS

For further information please contact::
Kate Fielding
Head of Communications
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3472
m: 07826 866 567
e: kfielding@optical.org

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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 and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 22,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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