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GOC announces new appointments

30 Nov 2016

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today announced two appointments to its senior management team.

Mark Webster, who has been in place on an interim basis since July 2016, has now been appointed as Director of Resources on a permanent basis.

Prior to joining the GOC Mark worked across a variety of organisations in the not-for-profit and recruitment sectors as a Finance Director, including at The Royal London Society for Blind People, The GRS Group and The JM Group.

Mark is responsible for the oversight of the GOC’s Finance, HR, IT, Registration and Facilities functions.

The GOC has also appointed Safia Iman as interim Director of Fitness to Practise, covering maternity leave for Lisa Davis.

Safia joins the GOC from 23 Essex Street where she works as a Barrister specialising in the area of regulatory law. She brings an extensive range of expertise which includes both representing and working within a range of professional regulators.

Safia will join the GOC on 7 December 2016 on a nine month contract.

Samantha Peters, GOC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “These appointments will ensure we continue to have the right level of expertise to deliver effective public protection.

“Mark has very much impressed over the last four months and is a real asset to have on a permanent basis. He will ensure we continue to use our resources efficiently and effectively, whilst driving value for money out of everything we do.

“Safia has a unique skill set and extensive experience of professional regulation. She will ensure that the fitness to practise function continues to deliver fair, effective and proportionate public protection while Lisa is on maternity leave.”


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


1. Full biographies of Mark and Safia are available at

2. Photographs of Mark and Safia are available on request.

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 29,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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