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GOC appoints new Chief Executive

24 Jan 2011

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The General Optical Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Samantha Peters as its new Chief Executive and Registrar. Samantha, who is expected to take up the position effective 28 March 2011, will replace Satjit Singh, the interim Chief Executive and Registrar.

Samantha is an experienced chief executive, with an MBA from Cass Business School. She has worked in the health sector for 11 years, leading the British Society of Rheumatology, and British Health Professionals in Rheumatology. In these roles and as Chief Executive of the British Youth Council, she has worked closely with an extended network of professionals and wider stakeholders, and has built robust policy, advisory and communications functions.

In addition to her full-time employed roles, Samantha has held a number of public interest posts focusing on delivering services and support for patients and the wider general public. In particular, she has been a trustee of Arthritis Care and of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance.

Announcing the appointment, Anna Bradley, Chair of the GOC said: “I am really looking forward to Samantha's arrival. We have a challenging organisational agenda and live in interesting times in the health sector. Samantha will give us the clear and personable leadership we need to take the GOC forward."

Samantha Peters said: "I am delighted to be joining the GOC, and look forward to helping it deliver its invaluable role in promoting high standards of optical care. I welcome the chance to work with the GOC’s Council, staff and registrants to build on its strong reputation for protecting the public, and delivering excellent service."


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


1. A low resolution photograph of Samantha Peters is attached. A high resolution version 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, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.



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