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Geoff Harris stands down as GOC Chair

2 Jun 2010

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced Geoff Harris’s resignation from his position on Council. Geoff is currently Council Chair. 

The Health and Social Care Committee of the Appointments Commission has confirmed that Anna Bradley will act as the interim Chair, until a permanent replacement for the role is appointed. Anna is currently a lay member of Council.

On his departure, Geoff said: “This has been without doubt, a very tough decision for me. However, my professional commitments outside the GOC have increased substantially, and with the Council’s five-year strategy now in place, I believe those commitments will affect my ability to dedicate the time necessary to do justice to the role of Council Chair.”

“The past six years I’ve spent with the GOC have been both challenging and rewarding, as fundamental reforms in both optics and regulation have been implemented. During that time, it has been a real privilege to be part of such a forward-thinking organisation that has always had public protection at its very core.”

Newly-appointed interim Chair, Anna Bradley, said: “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the GOC over the next few months, through to the appointment of a permanent Council Chair. I look forward to working with staff and fellow members as we begin to take forward an exciting programme of work for 2010-15.”

Dian Taylor, GOC chief executive and registrar paid tribute to Geoff’s achievements: “It is with deep sadness that we say farewell to Geoff, whose intelligent leadership and sound judgement have played an integral role in steering the Council to where we are today.”

Anna Bradley has been appointed as interim chair until 31 December 2010 or until a new chair is appointed (if this is earlier).The Appointments Commission will manage the recruitment, selection and appointments process for a permanent Council Chair, in due course.

The next meeting of Council will take at 09:30 on 17 June, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.


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

1. Geoff Harris also chairs the South Central Strategic Health Authority.

2. Anna Bradley biography:
Anna Bradley lives in Colchester. She is the chairman of the Communications Consumer Panel, the Soil Association Certification Limited, and the Council of Licensed Conveyancers. Anna is also a member of the board of Addaction.


  • Divisional director for the Financial Services Authority (FSA)
  • Chief executive for the National Consumer Council (NCC)
  • Chief executive for the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence (ISDD)
  • Member and non-executive posts include: Soil Association organic standards board, DEFRA Independent Review of Avian Quarantine; DEFRA Science Advisory Council and chair of the DEFRA Science Advisory Council Horizon Scanning Programme; member of the Biotechnology Commission; member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs; trustee of the Patients’ Association
  • Member roles on a range of advisory groups including: Department of Trade and Industry, Cabinet Office, Camelot, Economic and Social Research Council and the King’s Fund. 

2. Further details of the June Council meeting, including agendas and papers, will be published on the GOC website,


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