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GOC recruits four new Council members

1 Nov 2016

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The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced today that it is recruiting four new members to its Council – two registrants and two lay members.

The successful appointees are expected to take up their posts on 1 April 2017.

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: “There are plenty of exciting and interesting issues on the horizon that Council members will have the opportunity to be fully involved with. For example, we will soon be launching a strategic review of the education that registrants receive. This is particularly important as enhanced services become more prevalent, with the growing influence of technology and an ageing population requiring optical professionals to take a bigger role in primary care.

This is an opportunity to influence the optical professions in the interests of the public and I hope we receive many applications from people who wish to shape the future of the optical sector.”

The two registrant members will be GOC-registered as optometrists or dispensing opticians. The two lay members may have relevant experience for the role from their work, education, voluntary activities, general interests, or from using optical services.

The successful candidates will replace Paul Carroll, Liam Kite, Fiona Peel and Peter Douglas, whose terms finish on 31 March 2017.

The closing date for applications is 28 November 2016.

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

4. The GOC strives to be as diverse as the public it protects and particularly encourages applications from groups currently underrepresented on the Council.

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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