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GOC appoints new Council member

10 Aug 2011

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Selina Ullah as its new lay member of Council.

Selina has significant senior experience of working with stakeholders on community cohesion, diversity and counter-terrorism. She has worked in a variety of settings including national and local government; think tanks; charitable foundations; NGOs, law enforcement; ethnically and religious diverse communities; and women and children.

GOC Chair Anna Bradley welcomed the announcement: “We are delighted that Selina will be joining the Council. She brings to the GOC extensive experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders in her previous roles. She will be a valuable asset for the Council and we look forward to working together.”

Selina commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and an incredibly interesting time for healthcare regulation as a whole. I hope to contribute a new perspective to policy formation, championing the voices of those who are directly affected by GOC decisions.”

Selina is currently working as a consultant and community advisor. Until July 2011, she was Assistant Director – Safer and Stronger Communities, at Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Her voluntary posts include being a founder member of the Bradford Muslim Women’s Council. She is a founding member and director of an international organisation which focuses on developing inter-cultural leaders and dialogue. Selina is also a Council member at the University of Bradford, and Chair of the Keighley Association for Women and Children.

Selina was appointed by the Appointments Commission to fill the vacancy on the GOC’s 12-member Council.


For media enquiries please contact:
Clare March
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473

Notes for editors:

1. A photograph of Selina Ullah is available on request.

2. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None was declared in this case.

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