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GOC recruiting new registrant member to Council

23 Jun 2015

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has today launched a campaign to recruit a new registrant member to its Council.

The successful appointee is expected to take up their post on 1 January 2016.

The GOC’s Council is responsible for setting the organisation’s strategic direction and holding its executive to account. It comprises six registrant members and six lay members. The Chair is always a lay member.

GOC Chair Gareth Hadley said, “Joining the GOC Council represents a tremendous opportunity to help shape the future of the optical professions. It is a time where the professions have the potential to really move forward, particularly in terms of registrants expanding their scopes of practice and undertaking more enhanced services. The successful candidate should be able to contribute to our work of protecting the public during this exciting period. I strongly encourage all registrants who believe they have the necessary expertise to apply for this role.”

The successful candidate will replace optometrist Rob Hogan, whose term finishes on 31 December 2015. Optometrists and dispensing opticians are both eligible to apply for the vacancy.

The Professional Standards Authority oversees the GOC’s appointments process on behalf of the Privy Council. 

The closing date for applications is 21 July 2015. The GOC particularly encourages applications from women and/or ethnic minorities to better reflect the diversity of its registrants and patients.

A full information pack, details of how to apply and the job advert are on the GOC website at


For further information please contact:

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


1. 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:

2. The Privy Council will formally make the appointment based on the recommendation of the GOC’s selection panel.

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

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 26,500 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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