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GOC adds expertise to committees

29 Jul 2014

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has bolstered its advisory expertise with the appointment of four new committee members.

Following a successful recruitment campaign, the optical regulator has appointed two new members to its Companies Committee and one each to its Standards and Education committees.

Gareth Hadley, GOC Chair, said: “The advice of our advisory committees plays a vital role in enabling Council to make high-quality decisions. All four appointees show a tremendous depth and breadth of experience and expertise. I’m confident that we have filled our committee vacancies with candidates of the highest calibre.

“I look forward to working with them over the coming years and know they will all be able to make a huge contribution to our work. It’s vital as Council works towards our new strategic objectives, including promoting higher standards and dealing with complaints more quickly and effectively, that we will be able to call on such high-level expertise.”

The appointments are:

Richard Edwards, to the GOC’s Companies Committee. Richard, a registered optometrist, holds a number of consultancy roles in the UK optics industry. He is a former Director of Boots Opticians and FODO and has worked with the REFORM think tank on health policy matters and, as a member of the CBI Education Committee, on national apprenticeships and skills policy.

Jonathan Lawson, to the GOC’s Companies Committee. Jonathan is the CEO of Vision Express, with a breadth of experience covering retail, hospitality, food and general merchandise.

Glenn Tomison, as a registrant member of the GOC’s Standards Committee. Glenn is a registered self-employed dispensing optician as well as a part-time clinical instructor and lecturer at the University of Manchester. He is a former director of the Optical Consumer Complaints Service, co-chair of the Optical Confederation Education Committee and is currently Chair of FODO.

Professor Hilary Tompsett, as a lay member of the GOC’s Education Committee. A registrant social worker, Hilary is Emeritus Professor of Social Work, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London and former Vice Chair of the former General Social Care Council. She has been engaged in supporting national policy development in social work education.

All four will formally take up their positions on 1 August 2014 for four-year terms.


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


1. The GOC launched its recruitment campaign for the positions on 2 May 2014. Further details are available at

2. The Companies Committee advises the Council and other committees on matters relating to business registrants. Further details are available here:

3. The Education Committee advises the Council and other committees on optical training, educations and assessment. This includes the approval of training establishments and qualifications. It reviews our requirements for the content and standard of education, including the CET scheme, and recommends changes as necessary. Further details are available here:

4. The Standards Committee advises and gives assistance to the Council on the standards of conduct and performance expected of current and potential registrants. Further details are 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 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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