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Mandie Lavin appointed as interim GOC director of regulation

3 Oct 2011

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced that Mandie Lavin has been appointed as its interim director of regulation.

Mandie, a qualified barrister, has significant experience of working in regulation. She is a former director of the Bar Standards Board and was director of fitness to practise and legal affairs at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

She chairs the General Medical Council’s Investigating Committee and the Association of Accounting Technicians’ disciplinary tribunal. Mandie is also on the Doctors and Dentists Appeal Panel Chairs list for NHS Employers.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said: “Mandie brings an enormous wealth of legal, regulatory and healthcare experience to the GOC. She has the knowledge and expertise to ensure that we continue to deliver high standards of public protection, and the wherewithal to modernise our work for future."

Mandie said: “This is an exciting time to be joining the GOC. I’m looking forward to overseeing projects that will have a real impact for both registrants and patients, such as the implementation of new Fitness to Practise Rules, online retention for business registrants and working towards the launch of an enhanced CET scheme.”

Mandie will join the GOC on 10 October, and will remain in post while the regulator recruits a permanent replacement for David Howell, who becomes General Chiropractic Council (GCC) chief executive on 1 November. The GOC will appoint a permanent director of regulation in the coming months.

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Clare March
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: cmarch@optical.org

Notes for editors:

1. A photograph of Mandie is available on request.

2. Mandie worked for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain from September 2003 – June 2008. At the time, it carried out the regulatory functions for pharmacy in Great Britain as well as being the professional body. In September 2010 it was split into the General Pharmaceutical Council (regulator) and Royal Pharmaceutical Society (professional body).

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, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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