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GOC appoints new interim Director of Resources

21 Jul 2016

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed Mark Webster as its new interim Director of Resources, replacing outgoing Director Josie Lloyd.

Mark, a qualified Chartered Accountant, takes up his new role on a nine month contract. Prior to joining the GOC, he 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.

GOC chief executive and registrar Samantha Peters said, “I am delighted to welcome Mark to the GOC. Mark brings tremendous experience and knowledge of not only finance, but also the other functions that he will be overseeing. I, and the rest of our staff and Council members, look forward to working more closely with Mark and am excited to see the new ideas he will bring on board.”

Mark Webster said, “I am very pleased to join the GOC. It is important that we continue to use our resources effectively to enhance our work in protecting the public, and I look forward to working closely with staff and Council colleagues to help achieve this.”

As part of his duties, Mark will be responsible for the oversight of the Finance, HR, IT, Registration and Facilities functions. He has been appointed on a nine month contract until April 2017.


For further information please contact:

Simon Grier
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478


1. Mark’s full biography can be found at

2. A photograph of Mark is 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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