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GOC recruiting two new registrant members of Council

4 Jan 2013

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

The successful appointees are expected to take up their posts on 1 April 2013.

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 Interim Chair Brian Coulter said, “Becoming a GOC Council member provides a unique opportunity to shape the future of optical regulation in the UK. We’re looking for candidates with a range of experience in the optical sector who will help us in our public protection role. I look forward to working with the successful candidates.”

The successful candidates will replace optometrists Nick Rumney and Kevin Lewis, whose terms finish on 31 March. Optometrists and dispensing opticians are both eligible to apply for the vacancies.

The Professional Standards Authority oversees the GOC’s appointments process on behalf of the Privy Council. Appointments to the GOC Council were formerly made by the Appointments Commission.

The closing date for applications is 4 February.


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


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

2. 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:

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

4. 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

5. Details about the closure of the Appointments Commission are available from

6. The GOC is currently recruiting a new Chair. Brian Coulter is acting as Interim Chair. 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 25,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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