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Mandie Lavin appointed as permanent GOC director of regulation

17 Apr 2012

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Mandie Lavin has been appointed as the General Optical Council’s (GOC) permanent director of regulation.

Mandie joined the GOC in October 2011, taking on the role in an interim capacity.

Mandie said, “I am delighted to be joining the GOC on a permanent basis at this exciting time. The Law Commission review gives us and our stakeholders a tremendous opportunity to shape the future of optical regulation. I’m also looking forward to overseeing the introduction of the forthcoming changes to our Fitness to Practise Rules and of enhanced CET. Both of these changes will be of huge benefit to both patients and registrants.”

GOC chief executive and registrar, Samantha Peters added, “Mandie brings tremendous breadth and depth of experience to this role. Her substantial expertise and track record of achievement, make her ideally suited to lead our strategy of modernisation and regulatory reform during a time of such challenge and change for healthcare regulators.”

Mandie has held a number of senior positions in the legal profession, regulated healthcare and standards-setting organisations. Her experience includes chairing regulatory panels and she was previously the Director of the Bar Standards Board and the Director of Fitness to Practise and Legal Affairs at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

She spent three years in financial regulation at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and prior to that was the Director of Fitness to Practise at the UKCC, the predecessor body to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


For further information please contact:
Neil Drake
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473


1. Mandie joined the GOC on 10 October 2011 on an interim basis.

2. Mandie replaced David Howell, who left the GOC on 1 November 2011 to take up the position of chief executive and registrar at the General Chiropractic Council.

3. The regulation directorate covers the GOC’s four core functions: standards, education, registration and fitness to practise.

4. Mandie’s full biography is available from

5. A photograph 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 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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