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David Parkins appointed to GOC Council

9 Nov 2015

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Optometrist David Parkins has been appointed as the newest member of the General Optical Council (GOC).

David will join the GOC Council on 15 March 2016.

GOC Chair Gareth Hadley welcomed the announcement, saying: “I am delighted to welcome David to Council. David’s wealth of experience, both as a practising optometrist and in a number of senior roles in the sector, made him an outstanding candidate to join Council and I look forward to working closely with him. I am confident his insight and expertise will allow him to make a valuable contribution to our work to protect and promote the public’s health and safety.”

David Parkins said: “The scope of optical practice is changing as a result of new technology, an ageing population and different commissioning arrangements. It is vital that regulation keeps one step ahead. I am looking forward to working with fellow members of Council, and with the executive team, to promote higher standards across the optical professions, which will be needed to manage the ever increasing number of patients requiring eyecare."

David is currently the President of the College of Optometrists, as well as Chair of the London Eye Health Network and Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning. He is also a member of the Vision 2020 (UK) Ophthalmic Public Health Committee.

The appointment was confirmed by the Privy Council after the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) approved the GOC’s recruitment procedure.
David will replace outgoing Council member Rob Hogan, whose term finishes on 31 December 2015.


For further information please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478


1. David’s biography is available from

2. The GOC Council is composed of twelve members; six GOC registrants and six lay members (not optometrists or dispensing opticians). The Chair must be a lay member. Their biographies are available here:

3. The Privy Council formally made the appointment based on the recommendation of the GOC’s selection panel.

4. The selection panel was independently assessed to ensure the process is fair, transparent, open, credible and based on merit. The appointments policy is available from

5. Photographs of David are available on request.

6. A press release on the recruitment of a new Council member is available here:

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 28,500 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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