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GOC announces organisation restructure

12 Nov 2010

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The GOC has today announced that it is restructuring the organisation to ensure it is best placed to deliver its five year strategic plan, published in April this year.

Effective Monday, 15 November there will be three new directorates replacing the current structure. These are Regulatory Services, Corporate Services, and Policy and Strategy.

David Howell, currently Director of Legal and Fitness to Practise, becomes Director of Regulatory Services which incorporates the GOC’s core business areas of registration; legal and fitness to practise; and education.

The Chief Executive will head the Policy and Strategy Directorate, which also includes governance and communications.

The Director of Corporate Services will be responsible for delivering all support functions of the GOC, including HR; finance; IT; and facilities.

Satjit Singh, Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “We started this work because we wanted to make sure the GOC is best placed to protect the public by being an effective and efficient healthcare regulator. We are also determined to give our registrants the best value for money, so we needed to look internally at our structure and ask whether we were working together in the smartest way possible.

“Jon Levett, Director of Standards, and Lesa Oakley, Director of HR and OD, have expressed a desire to explore opportunities elsewhere. Reluctantly we have agreed to this; we thank them for their contribution to the organisation and wish them well for the future.

“I’m excited about the future for the staff and the organisation. The new-look GOC will be fleet of foot, ready for the challenges ahead.”


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

Notes to editors

1. 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 23,500 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

2. The GOC strategic plan is available here.

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