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GOC appoints new Hearings Panel members

3 Jul 2018

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed four new Hearings Panel members: Caroline Corby, Amit Jinabhai, Kathryn King and Julia Wortley.

The Hearings Panel decides the outcomes of fitness to practise hearings. It is impartial and independent of Council.

GOC Director of Fitness to Practise, Lisa Davis, said “We are pleased to welcome these new members to the Committee as they each bring valuable skills and insight from their diverse experiences. Their wide expertise will be beneficial in maintaining and demonstrating good practice and fairness at hearings.”

Dr Amit Jinabhai joins the panel as an optometrist who graduated from UMIST and has a PhD from The University of Manchester (Faculty of Life Sciences). In 2012, he was awarded the British College of Optometrists' George Giles prize for outstanding postgraduate research. He currently works as a Senior Lecturer for The University of Manchester, within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

Julia Wortley joins the panel as a lay member. Julia has worked in the Met’s Professional Standards Department investigating public complaints, as a Superintendent for nine years, and as Assistant Chief Constable with Essex Police. From 2015-2017, Julia was made Deputy Chief Constable and Programme Director for the 7 Force Strategic Collaboration Programme, a complex enterprise delivering enhanced public service, efficiency and effectiveness for seven counties.

Kathryn King joins the panel as a lay member. She has experience as an ombudsman and administrative justice professional. A Disciplinary Panel Tribunal Member for the Bar Tribunals Adjudication Service and an academic researcher, she also has extensive experience of determining complex cases at three national Ombudsman schemes, including as Chief Legal Ombudsman for England and Wales.

Caroline Corby joins the panel as a lay member. She worked for thirteen years specialising in private equity. Caroline is a Non-Executive Director of the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (known as Cafcass), the Criminal Cases Review Commission, One Housing and JML. She also chairs interim order panels for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Caroline will be stepping down from her role as the GOC’s Investigation Committee chair to join the Hearings Panel.

All new members take up their positions on 1 July 2018 apart from Caroline Corby, who will begin on 5 July 2018.

 

 

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For further information please contact:

 

Communications Team

General Optical Council

t: 020 7307 3478 – option 3

e: communications@optical.org

 

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

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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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